Policies

The Alliance for Affordable Energy advocates the following green energy policies at the state and local level: 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

 

Energy Smart is a citywide energy efficiency program for New Orleans. The program was passed by the New Orleans City Council in July of 2008, and in March of 2009 $11 million in seed funding was allocated as part of the Entergy New Orleans rate case. 

 

Integrated resource planning (IRP)

IRP is a method of utility planning that requires utilities to evaluate supply- and demand-side management options on an equal footing and to meet customer demand using the least cost alternative.  Currently the New Orleans City Council Utility Committee is developing an integrated resource plan for Entergy New Orleans, and is supported in this by the Alliance for Affordable Energy.


 RENEWABLE ENERGY

 

Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)An RPS is a policy that requires electric utilities to purchase a set and increasing amount of power from renewable energy sources, such as biomass, wind and solar.  As of March 2010, 29 states and the District of Columbia have implemented mandatory renewable portfolio standards, and another six have goals-based RPS policies.  The Alliance promotes an RPS for the state of Louisiana, and the Louisiana Public Service Commission is currently involved in a regulatory proceeding to decide on this policy.  

 

Feed-in tariffs (FiT)

The Renewable Energy Feed in Tariff (FiT) is a supply-side incentive for renewable energy production that has been described by National Renewable Energy Laboratories as the best policy for increasing renewable energy production in the world.  Essentially, a Feed in Tariff is a contractual agreement whereby a utility agrees to buy power over a long period of time, often 15-20 years, from producers at above-market rates.  It is different than a standard power purchase agreement in that it provides non-discriminatory access for any size of power developer (a citizen, municipality, farmer, business, utility or any power supplier) to supply electricity to the grid under terms of a transparent standard contract. 

 

smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using digital technology to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability and transparency. Such a modernized electricity network is being promoted by many governments around the world as a way of addressing energy independence, global warming and emergency resilience issues.  In principle, the smart grid is a simple upgrade of 20th century power grids which generally "broadcast" power from a few central power generators to a large number of users, to instead be capable of routing power in more optimal ways to respond to a very wide range of conditions.