Press Releases

1/10/2014  The Louisiana Solar Energy Society’s Position on Proposed Net Metering Changes is clearly defined in this document.

6/27/13 10 Year Anniversary of Net Metering Celebrated with Its Preservation discusses the final decision of the Public Service Commission regarding net metering in Louisiana.

5/31/13 Wisdom Wins in the Senate- So Does Solar covers positive progress concerning current legislative events.

5/29/13 Solar Leasing Companies Playing With Fire reports on the activity of solar leasing companies within Louisiana.

5/25/13: Solar Wars at the State Capital was released to our members to cover major legislative events concerning solar tax credits and solar leasing.

4/2/13: The Louisiana Solar Battleground was released to the top 10 newspapers in the state. It details the ongoing clash between solar advocates and utility companies over the value of net metering.

2/15/13: Please circulate the latest LSES press release “Net Metering in Louisiana in Jeopardy” to the local media in your community. LSES Press Release 2/12/13

One Response to “Press Releases

  • As a homeowner who installed my own solar system, I am somewhat concerned about an ‘ad’ that was in this months issue of Louisiana Country – the monthly newsletter that is sent out by my local Co-Op. The ad was soliciting individuals to contact their PSC and voice their support for utilities only having to pay solar system owners the ‘avoided cost’. This is very misleading. I have excess generated power each month and my utility does not pay me anything, They will only pay me the ‘avoided cost’ when I terminate my service. Meanwhile, the excess power that I supply to the utility is sold to my neighbors for full retail price. I believe the real intent of this advertising campaign is to eliminate ‘net metering’. This would enable utilities to ‘purchase’ my excess generated power during the day for wholesale ‘avoided cost’ price (approx. 2.5 cents per kwh) and sell it back to me at night for retail (approx. 8.5 cents per kwh). Their argument of feeding power back into the grid intermittently having a negative impact on the system’s load factor is somewhat puzzling to me. The only time that solar systems generate electricity and even have the potential to feed power back into the grid is when the sun is shining. During the summer months, this time coincides with peak demand loads for air conditioning. It would seem that this boost would cut back on the amount of power that the local utility would have to purchase from the generating facility during the peak when they are charged a premium due to the increased demand. I work for a company that was very mindful of ‘peak’ charges. Their contract at Fort Polk is a Shared Energy Savings project. Energy efficient equipment (earth coupled heat pumps with desuperheaters (puts waste heat in the water heater tank), fluorescent lighting, low flow shower-heads and cellulose attic insulation) was installed at the contractors expense and a percentage of the energy savings was used to pay the contractor for the equipment over the life of the 20 year contract. The lowered electricity consumption of the equipment was only a part of the savings, the demand meters indicated lower peaks in demand. This lowered the premium that was charged due to the demand spikes that were not nearly as severe as before the energy efficient equipment was installed. This was also calculated as part of the energy savings and increased the contractors monthly payment. I urge you to vigorously oppose any changes to net metering rules and educate the public as to the truth about how solar power is an asset – not a burden to the local utilities.
    Thank You.

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