Renewable portfolio standard

Staff recently recommended that in alternative to a renewable portfolio standard, the LPSC should implement a renewable energy pilot program.  To view staff recommendations, click here.

In light of this abrupt change in course of action, we urge the public to send emails to their public service commissioners asking for a new policy proposal that is a strong, binding RPS which does not include non-renewable energy sources such as coal and nuclear power.  Sign the petition.

After a recent poll taken of 1000 Louisiana residents, it is clear that the public is in support of an investment in renewable energy.  View full poll results.

The RPS policy proposal previously drafted by LPSC staff has three main problems: 1. it is non-binding, 2. the targets are extremely weak (12.5% by 2025) and 3. it includes non-renewable, dirty power sources like nuclear power and "advanced coal technologies".

For more information and sample language for a letter, contact Alliance Senior Administrator Ellizabeth Shephard at

Louisiana's RPS process 

On January 14, 2009, the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) re-opened docket #28271, to investigate the feasibility of a renewable portfolio standard for the state of Louisiana.  The Alliance has supplied the LPSC with draft language for an RPS, and the firm of Kennedy and Associates has been retained to manage the investigation.  On February 5, 2010, LPSC staff issued a "strawman" draft policy proposal that is currently being reviewed by LPSC members.

Alliance draft language for a Louisiana RPS (January 2009)

Kennedy and Associates presentation on a Louisiana RPS - presented to the LPSC as part of the first RPS technical conference (March 3, 2009)

Alliance comments on the RPS (March 24, 2009)

Kennedy and Associates Re-study of the Feasibility of a Renewable Portfolio Standard for Louisiana (December 18, 2009)

LPSC staff "strawman" policy proposal (February 5, 2010)

Alliance comments on LPSC staff "strawman" policy proposal (February 19, 2010)


Other RPS documents 

Map of state renewable portfolio standards (2010)

National Renewable Energy Laboratories RPS best practices

State of the States 2009: Renewable Energy Development and the Role of Policy (NREL, 2009)

We strongly encourage our supporters and all Louisiana residents interested in clean, safe, renewable energy to write his or her public service commissioner and encourage him to pass a strong, binding RPS for Louisiana.  For more information or sample language for a letter, contact Alliance Communications Director Christian Roselund at

Contact information for commissioners