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PSC approves statewide energy-efficiency program

3 years 9 months 1 day ago August 22, 2013 Aug 22, 2013 Thursday, August 22 2013 August 22, 2013 7:38 AM in News
Source: AP

BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's public utility regulators have given preliminary approval to a voluntary statewide energy-efficiency program.

While efforts to make the program mandatory have been dropped, The Times-Picayune reports the state's three largest energy companies said they would sign on to the optional initiative as a show of good faith.

Quick Start, the first phase of the program, was approved by a majority of the Public Service Commission members Wednesday. During this one-year program design phase, electricity and gas companies will be able to work with third-party contractors to lay out the specifics of their programs before implementation.

Quick Start is not applicable in New Orleans, which has had its own energy-efficiency program in place since 2011.

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