Update: Solar Wins in Louisiana Net Metering Fight

We did it! Thanks to an outpouring of public support from people like YOU, the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) decided NOT to dismantle net metering today!

This marks the 2nd time the Commission Chair has pulled the vote due to lack of Commissioner support for changing Louisiana net metering, the simple policy that clears the way for customers to save on their electricity bills by going solar. Vote Solar highlighted the details of the vote on Monday in our blog.

Thank you to all who heeded the call to action and raised their voice for solar.  Commissioners noted that they’d received several hundred calls in support of solar, and only two against.  Poll after poll shows that Americans want more investment in renewable energy – but polls aren’t enough.  Democracy is a contact sport.

And big props to Alliance for Affordable Energy for leading the ground fight on behalf of all current and future solar energy users in Louisiana.

During the hearing today many of the Commissioners noted their support for net metering and solar energy development as a way to diversify Louisiana’s energy portfolio. All in all, it was a good day for solar.

Lots of reason to celebrate, but this fight may not be over. The net metering decision may be up for a vote at the next LPSC meeting on May 21st. We’ll be doing everything we can between now and then to educate the Commissioners about the value of rooftop solar and the importance of protecting their customers right to go solar. Let’s keep it up!

This blog was originally published on VoteSolar.org and was republished with permission.

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Annie leads state campaigns throughout the West and Midwest. She rejoined Vote Solar after managing government affairs in the Interior West for SunEdison. She was previously with the Alliance to Save Energy. She holds environmental policy degrees from Oxford University and UC Santa Cruz. She lives in Boulder, CO. annie@votesolar.org, 720.402.9102

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