Posted: Aug 22, 2013 8:38 AM
Updated: Aug 22, 2013 8:38 AM
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.