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New Orleans Utility History
This presentation outlines the history of utilities in New Orleans and Louisiana, from the incorporation of Southwestern Brush Electric Light & Power Company (the first company to generate and distribute electricity in New Orleans) in 1881 to NOPSI's beginning in 1926. The presentation concludes by taking a look at NOPSI rates of return, average bill prices, and electricity rates over time.
The presentation also briefly examines the history of New Orleans utility regulatory control and summarizes the office of the inspector general 2015 report investigating utility regulatory control in New Orleans.
View the presentation here!
This report provides a detailed understanding of how power outages hinder the New Orleans community, provides solutions that can be undertaken by individuals, businesses, and cities as a whole, places these solutions into the context of current efforts to reduce outages and improve energy efficiency in New Orleans, and suggests how we move forward from here.
Link to Downloadable Version: Power Outages in NOLA
Health Impact Assessment
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a valuable tool to help guide conversations about issues that may affect public health, that might not otherwise take these issues into account. It includes unintended impacts and community engagement to ensure all stakeholders affected by an issue are given a voice.
Louisiana Public Health Institute and AAE held an HIA training session, inviting decision makers and community members to learn about the HIA process. This assessment focuses on the eventual decommissioning of Entergy New Orleans’ Michoud power plant, a natural gas plant built in the 1960s, and the siting of Michoud and any potential replacement of the power from Michoud that may have potential health effects to the communities nearby.
This will serve as a landing page for the HIA process, housing documents created to discuss the HIA. Updates will be made regularly.
Most & Least Energy-Expensive States
WalletHub.com, an online personal finance resource, has released a study ranking the least & most energy-expensive states. These rankings are based on the average energy consumption of each state and the average cost of four common energy types: electricity, natural gas, motor fuel and home heating oil (a refined petroleum based product).
How did Louisiana rank? Click below to find out!
2015’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive State
Demand Side Management & Demand Response Programs
Demand Side Management (DSM) is any initiative or program seeking to reduce consumer demand for electricity. This report summarizes types of DSM programs and the best practices within those programs. The report takes a close look at Demand Response (DR), a type of DSM program or initiative to shift energy usage to off-peak times.
Check out the report here to find out more about DSM and DR Programs for you!
Regulation vs. Deregulation: An Analysis of Electricity Markets
This report provides an analysis of the benefits and consequences of: either maintaining regulation on the electricity market in the state of Louisiana or constructing a deregulated market.
Download the PDF here to find out more about the history of differing markets (in California, Texas, and Pennsylvania) and the future of regulation and deregulation!
Decoupling and Resolution No. R-16-03
In the on-going Entergy New Orleans (“ENO”) rate case, the City Council has adopted Resolution No. R-16-03, which required ENO to submit a proposal for a decoupling pilot program. ENO submitted a proposal for a Formula Rate Plan (“FRP”) to the Council and asserted that this Plan included the required decoupling mechanism. However, the Plan proposed by ENO falls short of the requirements agreed upon by the Council.
Check out this one-pager summary here to learn about decoupling and how it relates to this important rate case!
In this issue - a year's overview, last year's numbers & statistics, and a shoutout to our allies.
A Look at What We've Been Up To:
Read more about What We've Been Up To here!
Report on Lousiana's Energy Market
This report summarizes the state of Louisiana's regulated energy market, the utility business model, and how Louisiana ranks in terms of energy policy. Louisiana is an Energy State. Yet unfortunately, Louisiana consistently ranks near the bottom when it comes to energy policy.
Fortunately, AAE also highlights areas for energy policy improvements. The report focuses on the importance of energy efficiency, residential solar, and net metering.
View the report here to learn more!
The goal of Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan is to create a Resilient Coastal Economy. The coast’s intrinsic value, as a working coast, home to millions of citizens, and natural habitats makes it one of the nation’s most unique and valuable landscapes.
What’s At Stake
Learn more about Louisiana's Working Coast here!
Link to downloadable version: 2017 Coastal Master Plan Project Development Program
Making Sense of Outages, Reliability, & Resilience
The Alliance for Affordable Energy has taken an in-depth look into Entergy outages, reliability, and resilience for all of New Orleans.
This paper aims to clarify the distinctions among
1) regular outages that are currently impacting the city,
2) potential reliability concerns related to future demands on the system, and
3) resilience in the face of storms, and to highlight connections among various Council energy decisions.
You can read more in our whitepaper: New Orleans has been Kept in the Dark
This document is intended to consolidate ideas and provide a preliminary literature review for the team that will ultimately conduct the full HIA on the potential health risks and benefits of installing solar panels and energy efficiency measures on homes and businesses in New Orleans. Its aim is to guide city leaders into making the best energy choices for their constituents based on the most favorable outcome economically, environmentally, and to the people’s collective health.
Read about the findings of Olivia's Preliminary HIA here!
Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined City and State officials and community stakeholders to unveil New Orleans’ climate action strategy, Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans , a strategic road map for the City of New Orleans to combat climate change. Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans proposes 11 strategies and 25 actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2030. At the event, Mayor Landrieu signed an Executive Order to adopt Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans as guiding policy and to commit to the principles and goals of the Paris Agreement. The strategy will help New Orleans become a more equitable, adaptable and prosperous place for all of its residents as the city approaches its tricentennial in 2018.
Link to Downloadable Version: Climate Action PDF
AAE 2016-2017 Annual Report
In this issue - a note from our Executive Director, Summary of Successes, Policy Update, Partner Spotlight, Funding & Expenses, Leadership & Staff, a thank you to our donors.
This first Annual Report Card documents HousingNOLA's work, provides an honest assessment of citywide efforts to address housing issues, and charts the path to a more equitable city. It also documents the vision, frustrations and hopes of the community members who guide this process.
Link to Downloadable Version: 2016 Annual Report Card
Prior regulators and industry insiders came together, with the interest of outlining a framework that illustrates the best practice of policy and procedures that can be applied to general circumstances of electricity regulation in the United States. This book was made to educate fellow regulators and stakeholders, advocates of consumer rights, the environment and more, but even utilities themselves. This book does not aim to support any specific political positions, but rather to strives to highlight the most effective policy, and achieve the best outcomes for all involved.
Download and Read a PDF Version here!
SWEPCO Quickstart Energy Efficiency Annual Report 2014-2015
This report is provided to the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) as the review of the first year of Quick Start Energy Efficiency programs for the SWEPCO Louisiana service territory. Pursuant to LPSC Docket No. R-31106, this report is filed at 30 months in the timeline for implementation of Quick Start Energy Efficiency Programs.
This report has two sections:
Scores are based on six key policy areas: utility-sector energy efficiency, building energy codes, transportation efficiency, state-led initiatives, combined heat and power, and appliance and equipment standards.
Unfortunately Louisiana’s ranking slipped several positions. Louisiana ranked 48th overall in Energy Efficiency for 2015.
Link to Downloadable Version: Louisiana Energy Efficiency Scorecard, 2015
HousingNOLA was facilitated, and then later incubated by the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance. Since 2015, HousingNOLA has grown into a platform to link community members and neighbors with policymakers, developers, and others who are shaping the face of New Orleans. As a result of this effort, HousingNOLA crafted the city’s first-ever 10-Year Strategy and Implementation Plan.
With the implementation plan now in place, HousingNOLA continues to facilitate opportunities for:
Link to downloadable version: 10-Year Strategy and Implementation Plan
Our CLECO, Our Community: Louisiana's Utility in Peril
CLECO Power, an electric utility serving 284,000 Louisiana residents, could be taken over by a consortium of foreign investment groups. AAE's report on the CLECO Takeover provides a detailed analysis of the proposed takeover and why it is a bad deal for Louisiana.
Read the Alliance’s report here to see what this would mean for CLECO customers.
Oil and Gas Industry Infrastructure in Coastal LA
The New Orleans Geological Society proposes the oil and gas industry assess its costal infrastructure in southeast Louisiana. This is a proposal to assess the impacts of relative sea level rise due to subsidence using industry knowledge base, data, and technology.
Some of the most vital infrastructure of the oil and gas industry is located in the major port facilities along the southeast Louisiana coast, and it is likely to be impacted by the progression of subsidence and rising sea level in the coming decades.
Link to downloadable version: NOGS -Faulting and Subsidence in Coastal Louisiana
Analysis of the Acadian Report on Net Metering
Gabel Associates has been retained by The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) to provide an independent analysis of Acadian Consulting Group’s Report, “Estimating the Impact of Net Metering on LPSC Jurisdictional Ratepayers,” dated September 23, 2015.
Read this analysis of Acadian Consulting's "Cost and Benefit of Solar" report.
Link to Downloadable Version: Gabel Analysis
Money, Politics, and the Business of Monopolies
Baton Rouge, LA – The Alliance for Affordable Energy has released a report that studies the relationship between Louisiana’s monopoly utility companies and the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), the elected government agency that is charged with regulating these monopolies. The paper found a problematic relationship and “regulatory capture” of the governmental body as a result of campaign finance, among other procedural issues.
Link to downloadable version: Money, Politics, and the Business of Monopolies
The Alliance offers recommendations following the research conducted, including:
Entergy Quick Start Energy Efficiency Annual Report 2014-2015
2014-2015 was the first year of the Quick Start Energy Efficiency Program for Entergy Gulf States LA, LLC (EGSL) and Entergy LA, LLC (ELL).
Pursuant to LPSC General Order No. R‐31106 (EE General Order), Entergy Louisiana (ELL) is providing this report for the first program year of Quick Start Energy Efficiency programs implemented in the legacy Entergy Gulf States Louisiana (EGSL) service area between November 1, 2014, and October 31, 2015 (PY1). The report includes a narrative overview containing program descriptions, activity, kWh savings, participation, and trainings.
Link to Downloadable Version: Entergy Quick Start Energy Efficiency 2014-2015 Annual Report
This report details exactly what urban resiliency is, especially how it applies to sustainable urban development in the coming years. How can resilient communities come together to create a resilient city, using this framework to begin solving the environmental, economic and social issues plaguing urban centers today?
Read here to find out!
In this issue - A letter from the CEO, meet our board and staff, learn about our programs, a policy update, and a financial breakdown of the year.
In the policy update:
Download our Annual Report here!
Louisiana Solar Leasing Report
The Alliance for Affordable Energy is a strong supporter of equitable, effectively implemented solar leasing.
In 2012, we received complaints from ratepayers, solar installers, and local utilities about two companies that offered leasing agreements, Sader Power and Green Grants. The complaints made against the companies warranted examination. Because the Alliance’s mission is to protect ratepayers, we launched an investigation to discern the validity of the claims, in an effort to ensure that ratepayers were not being harmed.
Download and read our report: Louisiana Solar Leasing Report
This is the 6th annual report as required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The report assesses electricity demand response resources and advanced metering with an emphasis on results, activities, and regulatory actions taken over the last year.
The report found:
Read here to find out more!
Electric & Gas 2011 Formula Rate Plan Settlement
The offer of Settlement of Entergy New Orleans, Inc. relating to New Orleans Docket UD-08-03.
View presentation here!
In this issue - A letter from the board President, an update on the Energy Smart Program, a push for a Renewable Portfolio Standard for LA, a win for the “Say No to Coal, Say Yes to Clean Energy” coalition - work suspended on the Little Gypsy Plant, the Louisiana Green Corps Workforce Training Program and a Testimony from Jordan Walters, our new website, and a shoutout to our new staff and partners.
Download and read our report: Smart Ideas