PSC Scraps Statewide Energy Efficiency Program

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana's utility regulators have shelved plans for a statewide energy efficiency program, only two months after backing the idea.

The change of one member of the Public Service Commission was enough to reverse course.

The commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to stall the program plans.

The PSC's newest commissioner, Scott Angelle, says he's concerned about the program's cost for small businesses, because utility companies would be able to charge their customers for energy efficiency initiatives.

Supporters of the program, however, say any costs to utility customers would be more than offset by the rate savings because of efficiencies created in the way power is delivered and used.

PSC Chairman Eric Skrmetta, who voted to abandon the previous plans, says the commission will study the idea and return with a new approach.

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