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Energy efficiency program stalled for adjustments

3 years 3 months 4 days ago June 26, 2013 Jun 26, 2013 Wednesday, June 26 2013 June 26, 2013 3:57 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The state's utility regulatory agency is reviving a planned statewide energy efficiency program - but is delaying implementation to work on modifications.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission has gone back and forth on the program, approving it in December, then shelving it in February. Wednesday's vote restarts conversation about the program.

The program would offer incentives to people to make their homes and businesses more energy-efficient, with incentive costs passed along to all utility customers.

Supporters say any costs would be more than offset by the savings from more efficient power usage. Critics say the program is too costly and shouldn't be mandatory.

Commissioner Scott Angelle was the swing vote Wednesday, agreeing to revive the initiative, but saying he wants program adjustments before he'll vote for it to begin.

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