Louisiana

State Profile
4,670,724
135
Utility Revenue (Millions) $833.50
$393.40
n/a
$369.40
$70.70
Consumption (Billion Cubic Feet or BCF)

Consumption by Sector In-State

25,072
1,286
36
30
949
271
Customers 946,741
888,023
57,873
845
Industry Infrastructure
16,326
1,777
38,854
Utility Gas Efficiency Program Funding
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

Sources

AGA Survey and Statistics System; AGA-CEE Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Survey: Utility expenditures for gas efficiency programs exclude data that have not been released by participating companies at the state level; U.S. Energy Information Administration; and U.S. Department of Transportation.

Statewide Elected Officials Next Election: 2019
John Bel Edwards (Dem.)Governor
Billy Nungesser (Rep.)Lieutenant Governor
Jeff Landry (Rep.)Attorney General
Legislature Next Election: 2019Session Dates: 03/04/16-06/06/16
Senate
Term: 4 year
President: John Alario
Vice President: Sharon Weston Broome
Senate Majority Leader: Danny Martiny
Senate Minority Leader: n/a
Senate Member Breakdown
Democrats: 14
Republicans: 25
House of Representatives
Term: 2 year
Speaker of the House: Taylor Barras
Speaker Pro Tempore of the House: Walt Leger
Majority Leader: Lance Harris
Minority Leader: Gene Reynolds
House of Representatives Member Breakdown
Democrats: 42
Republicans: 60
Other: 3
Louisiana Public Service Commission Commissioners: Elected in statewide elections: 6 year termChairperson: Elected by fellow Commissioners: 1 year term
Current Commissioners:
Scott Angelle (R), Chairman Elected in 2013; term ends in 2018
Mike Francis (R), Commissioner Elected in 2016; term ends in 2022
Foster L. Campbell (D), Commissioner Elected in 2003; current term ends in 2020
Lambert C. Boissiere, III (D), Commissioner Elected in 2003; term ends in 2020
Eric Skrmetta (R), Commissioner Elected in 2009; term ends in 2020

In August of 2009, the Louisiana Public Service Commission opened a Rulemaking to study the possible development of financial incentives for the promotion of energy efficiency by jurisdictional electric and gas utilities. (Docket R-31106) The PSC voted 4-1 in favor of the statewide energy efficiency program in December 2012, but then voted 3-2 to repeal it in February 2013 after the makeup of the Commission changed. In October 2014, the PSC opted to reinstate the program. Utility programs began on November 1, 2014. The program included an opt out provision for companies that did not believe they could meet the Total Resource Cost Test which is a measure of a programs effectiveness. With low natural gas prices and mild winter climate, Louisiana natural gas distribution companies would find it very difficult to provide cost effective programs. Gas utilities elected to opt out of Louisiana energy efficiency programs for the initial 2014-2016 triennial period.

CenterPoint utilizes a rate stabilization program (Rider RSP) to change its rates annually to reflect higher capital investment (rate base) and higher O&M costs relating to pipeline safety and other factors. Under this program, for each twelve month period ended June 30, a determination shall be made pursuant to this Rider RSP as to whether the Company’s revenue should be increased, decreased or left unchanged. If it is determined that the revenue should be increased or decreased, the natural gas rate schedules incorporating this Rider RSP will be adjusted accordingly. On June 6, 2014, Atmos Energy received approval to establish a regulatory asset using an accounting deferral to recover significant increases in the amount of investment made for the replacement of its aging infrastructure. The mechanism will be reviewed annually as part of the Rate Stabilization Clause (RSC) filing. In January of 2015, Entergy Gulf States received permission to start replacing many of the old pipes that carry natural gas in Baton Rouge. In the first phase, Entergy is replacing about 25 miles of cast iron pipe, then another two miles of bare steel, Another 72 miles of vintage plastic will be replaced in phase three. The Louisiana Public Service Commission, voted 3-1 to approve a special rider to pay for the work.

WEC Energy Corp. subsidiary Trillium CNG owns and operates stations in Monroe, Slidell and Pineville.

Entergy operates under a gas rate stabilization plan (RSP) that includes a 100-basis-point dead-band (9.45%-10.45%) around a 9.95% ROE mid-point. The plan includes provisions to adjust rates prospectively, such that: for differences of up to 200 basis points between the earned ROE and the ROE mid-point, rates are to be increased or decreased by 50% of the difference necessary to bring the ROE to the (upper or lower) end-point of the dead-band; and, for differences greater than 200 basis points above or below the ROE mid-point, rates are to be adjusted by 100% of the amount necessary to eliminate the return differential in excess of 200 basis points, plus 50% of the difference between 200 basis points and the end point of the dead-band. Atmos Energy (Louisiana Gas Service/TransLouisiana Gas) currently operate under rate stabilization clauses (RSCs) that were established in 2006. The clauses include an authorized 10.4% ROE, and a 10%-to-10.8% ROE dead-band for TLG, with TLG's rates to be adjusted for variations above or below the dead-band. LGS is not subject to a dead-band, and that company's rates are to be adjusted annually by the amount required to achieve a 10.4% ROE. The RSCs are to remain in place until terminated by the PSC. CenterPoint Energy operates under a rate stabilization tariff. Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy and EGS also operate under weather normalization mechanisms.