Clean Energy

Bayou Bridge Pipeline – Update

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See our earlier article for reference “The Big Pipeline Fight Comes to Louisiana.”

Turnout for the Jan 12, 2017 LDEQ USACE public hearing on the Bayou Bridge pipeline project was outstanding. Opposition to the pipeline greatly outnumbered supporters. Hearing testimony was at times factual, emotional, and even entertaining. Thanks all who showed up and/or who sent written comments. The news now is that there will be another public hearing on Feb 8 at 6 pm at the Assumption Parish Community Center located at 4910 Highway 308, Napoleonville, Louisiana 70390.

The Feb 8 hearing will be conducted by LDNR about a proposed Coastal Use Permit (CUP) which is required for projects in Louisiana’s coastal zone. Though the pipeline crosses eleven parishes, only two parishes that the pipeline would go through are in the coastal zone, Assumption and St. James.

Citizen public input at the public hearing and with written comments will again be very important in order to make sure there is a full discussion of relevant issues. You can see Sierra Club Delta Chapter concerns in the earlier article at: http://lasierraclub.org/node/414

Make your voice heard, attend the public hearing and/or submit written comments to stephanie.zumo@la.gov. You can make reference in your written comments to Bayou Bridge Pipeline CUP NUMBER: P20160166. The hearing file remains open for a period of 10 days after the close of the public hearing for submission of written comments or other materials.

See the LDNR public notice at: http://lasierraclub.org/sites/default/files/PN%20for%20LADNR%20CUP%20hrg...

Stop the New Tax on Solar in Lafayette - Update, News Development

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Update
As of 6:00 pm, Nov 7 ABiz business news has published a story that Terry Huval LUS Director will request that the Council rescind the new fees on solar. This is a victory for clean energy and common sense in Lafayette. You can read the story here:

http://theind.com/article-24195-About-face-LUS-seeks-repeal-of-‘solar-...

Sierra Club Acadian Group plans to go ahead with the public forum at SLCC on Nov 10 at 7 pm. We will update everyone on what has developed by then and talk about Lafayette's electrical future.

Previous post as follows:

Lafayette Utility Service recently increased its rates and included a new solar tax.

The new monthly fixed fee is $27.26 for every residential solar owner which is $20.26 more than the fee paid by non solar LUS residential customers. This will pretty much eliminate the advantage of having solar on a residence and will kill future development of solar in Lafayette City/Parish. The increase is even worse for commercial customers.

We think the council made a big mistake in passing this extreme rate increase for solar customers.

What you can do:

Sierra Club Statement on the President's Rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Today (Nov 6, 2015) President Obama said yes to clean energy and public health, and no to dirty oil and dangerous pollution. The Sierra Club is thankful that President Obama has chosen the clean energy promise of prosperity and innovation over the dirty fuels of the 19th century.

“By saying no to the Keystone XL pipeline, the president is demonstrating our nation's leadership on climate action in advance of the international climate negotiations in Paris this December, providing an important boost of momentum. He is also making good on his promise that the nation will leave dirty fossil fuels in the ground, replacing it with clean energy.

"Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline is a victory for the planet, for the health and well-being of the communities along the pipeline route, and for future generations to come. It also demonstrates the power of the millions of people who raised their voices in opposition to the pipeline, and of the growing movement to end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. Now, instead of building a pipeline that cuts our country in two, we are free to invest in clean energy that creates jobs and brings our country together."

Call State Senators, ask them to vote NO on HCR 29 on Senate floor - Update

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HCR 29 tells USEPA to withdraw proposed guidelines for reducing CO2 emissions from fossil fuel fired power plants and urges the Louisiana governor and state attorney general to take legal action to prevent the guidelines from being implemented. Carbon emissions have been shown to be the primary cause of global warming and climate change. Louisiana is one of the states most vulnerable to catastrophic storms and land loss due to the combination of subsidence and sea level rise. Louisiana has excellent potential for re-allocating dirty electric power generation to clean sources including natural gas, renewable energy including wind and solar, and energy efficiency. Movement toward clean energy would create jobs and keep energy investment dollars in the state. Louisiana has a dynamic economy that could enable the state to be a leader in the transition to clean energy. But HCR 29 says that Louisiana wants nothing to do with it. We think this resolution is a bad idea.

The Attack on Residential Solar in the 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session

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The attack on tax credits for residential solar installations in Louisiana continues in earnest with the 2015 legislative session which started on April 13. Armed with the State’s self inflicted $1.6B budget crisis in addition to the usual arguments, the foes of solar have come up with a litany of bills to be heard in this coming legislative session. No mercy is shown the Louisiana solar industry which pushed for passage of a bill in the 2013 legislative session that provided an orderly phase out of solar tax credits by end of 2017. The solar industry in Louisiana was the only industry to push a bill for voluntary phase out of tax credits. The industry put forward an orderly phase out that would allow time for manufacturers, suppliers and installers to adjust to doing business without State tax credits. The legislation was passed but you don’t hear the solar industry getting any credit for trying to do it the right way.

Forest Wright Statement to Supporters of his Campaign for Louisiana Public Service Commission District 1

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In the past, Public Service Commission races have generated little to no interest... until now.

Because of you, this was one of the most followed and hotly contested races in Louisiana this year. Election night results had us separated by a slim margin, just 50.85% to 49.15%. This was an astounding achievement against a heavily favored incumbent spending nearly unlimited campaign cash and heavily backed by utilities companies and a political machine desperately clinging to the status quo.

Delta Chapter statement at Nov 6, 2014 meeting of LPSC

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Statement before the Nov 6, 2014 meeting of the Louisiana Public Service Commission regarding their intention to file comments to USEPA that are hostile to the USEPA Clean Power Plan.

Good morning I am Haywood Martin, Chair, Sierra Club Delta Chapter. Thank you for the opportunity to make a statement this morning. On behalf of our members I would like to urge the Commission to support the USEPA Clean Power Plan. The costs of inaction on climate change are just too great and are much higher than the costs of action to reduce carbon emissions.

Update - LPSC Reinstates Energy Efficiency Programs

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The Louisiana Public Service Commission on Oct 9 reinstated Energy Efficiency programs after having inexplicably suspended them on Sep 25. The reinstatement comes after expressions of outrage from citizens groups, energy efficiency contractors and suppliers and NGOs. Thanks to our friends at Alliance for Affordable Energy and to all who called or emailed their commissioners to say that we wanted our Energy Efficiency programs back on track. 

LPSC suspends scheduled implementation of Louisiana Energy Efficiency Programs

The Louisiana Public Service Commission adopted Energy Efficiency rules at its last public meeting of 2012 before expiration of the term of Commissioner Jimmy Fields. The Commission came back in 2013 with new Commissioner Scott Angelle and suspended the rules, starting a whole new round of public comment and testimony about the benefits of Energy Efficiency (EE) programs for the State of Louisiana. Commissioner Angelle came back with a proposal for voluntary EE programs and obtained commitments from three major electric utilities, Entergy, CLECO and SWEPCO to implement EE programs. Utilities had hired contractors to help implement the programs and small businesses were geared up to help homeowners and small businesses start saving money on the proposed program start date of Oct 1, 2014. 

Why Louisiana should support the USEPA Clean Power Plan

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Why do we need the USEPA Clean Power Plan

The link between elevated levels of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere and rising temperatures is well established (IPCC 2007). Forty percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, and one-third of greenhouse gases overall, come from electric power plants, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The country needs a plan to reduce carbon emissions from electric power generation.

Why Louisiana should support the USEPA Clean Power Plan

Louisiana Public Service Commission Looks to Go Backward on Solar, March 12 Update

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The LPSC was slated to consider two rules at their Wednesday, March 12, 9:00 am meeting which could drastically reduce the presence of residential solar in Louisiana. The proposed rules would drastically reduce Net Metering Compensation and could reduce the number of solar systems in each utility. 

Update

The LPSC decided again today, March 12, not to decide. For the last year and a half Commissioner Clyde Holloway has threatened almost every monthly meeting with one idea or another to set back our progress for solar net metering, renewable energy or energy efficiency in Louisiana. Many of those times we have had to call on Sierra Club members and allies to call the commissioners offices to voice our support for residential solar in Louisiana. When I called my commissioner Scott Angelle his staff person said they were getting a lot of calls. So we know the commissioners have been hearing from us. Thanks to all who called, your support really matters.

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