Program under way for renewable power generation
A pilot program endorsed by state utility regulators could establish guidelines for utilities generating or purchasing electricity from renewable sources.
The intent is to create up to 350 megawatts of long-term renewable power within the next three years, enough to supply 2 percent of Louisiana's electricity needs.
The Public Service Commission wants to spur research and development of renewable energy technologies, such as biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar and wind. Other sources include methane that comes from landfills and coal mining and a paper plant byproduct called "black liquor" that can be burned to produce steam.
Renewable energy advocates said the program would help Louisiana move away from fossil fuels in producing electricity