New Orleans/EZ Policies

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EZ Policies for New Orleans, Louisiana

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PolicyPlacePolicy TypeActiveImplementing SectorSummary
Net Metering (New Orleans, Louisiana)New Orleans, Louisiana: Energy ResourcesNet MeteringYesLocalIn May 2007, the New Orleans City Council adopted net-metering rules that are similar to rules adopted by the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) in November 2005. The City Council's rules require Entergy New Orleans, an investor-owned utility regulated by the city, to offer net metering to customers with systems that generate electricity using solar energy, wind energy, hydropower, geothermal or biomass resources. Fuel cells and microturbines that generate electricity entirely derived from eligible renewable resources are also eligible. The City Council's rules apply to residential facilities with a maximum capacity of 25 kilowatts (kW), and to commercial and agricultural systems with a maximum capacity of 300 kW. In June 2008, Louisiana SB 359 increased the maximum capacity of commercial and agricultural systems to 300 kW. In September 2009, the New Orleans City Council formally adopted this change and it is now effective for customers of Entergy New Orleans. (These limits and other details are specified in Louisiana’s net-metering law, which applies to all utilities in the state.) Applications and other relevant information are located on the Entergy Net Metering website.

Utilities must provide customer-generators with a meter capable of measuring the flow of electricity in both directions, or, if the existing meter is incapable of registering bi-directional electricity flow, an additional meter or meters capable of registering bi-directional electricity flow. Utilities must pay for the cost of the meter itself, but utilities may assess a “one-time customer charge” to cover the installation costs. The “customer charge” may include the cost of a mandatory accuracy test of the customer's meter or meters, performed by the utility. Net metering customers are required to have a manual disconnect located on the outside of their building and accessible to Entergy New Orleans 24 hours a day.

Customers must pay for “interconnection costs,” which are defined as “the reasonable costs of connection, switching, metering, transmission, distribution, safety provisions and administrative costs incurred by the [utility] directly related to the installation and maintenance of the physical facilities necessary to permit interconnected operations” with a net-metered system, “to the extent the costs are in excess of the corresponding costs which the [utility] would have incurred if it had not engaged in interconnected operations, but instead generated an equivalent amount of electric energy itself or purchased an equivalent amount of electric energy or capacity from other sources.” In addition, the City Council may authorize the utility to assess a customer “a greater fee or customer charge, of any type,” if the utility's “direct costs of interconnection and administration of net metering outweigh the distribution system, environmental and public policy benefits of allocating the costs among the ... utility’s entire customer base.”

Net excess generation (NEG) is credited at the utility's retail rate and carried over to the customer’s next bill indefinitely. For the final month in which the customer takes service from the utility, the utility will pay the customer for the balance of any credit at the utility’s avoided-cost rate.

Customers must notify the utility at least 90 days prior to the date of interconnection. The utility must use a standard interconnection agreement approved by the City Council. Systems must meet all safety and performance standards established by local and national electric codes and performance standards, including the NEC, IEEE, UL, NESC and any other relevant codes specified by the City Council. An external disconnect switch is required.
Climate Action Plan (New Orleans)New Orleans, Louisiana: Energy ResourcesClimate PoliciesYesState/ProvinceNew Orleans' Climate Action Plan will provide a road map to reach the City's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal by 2030 while orchestrating its adaptation to climate change. The CAP will outline how the region will mitigate the effects of sea level rise and global warming through a variety of complementary structural and non-structural measures. The Energy Department is collaborating with local non-profits to secure funding for this effort.

Citywide Programs: - Retrofitting of 200 City Buildings - will increase energy efficiency by 20% and save $1.8 million/year.

- Conversion of street lights to high-pressure sodium (amber) and metal halide (white). Plan to experiment with super fluorescents (white and more energy efficient).

- Evaluating light emitting diodes (LEDs) for traffic signals. Note: LED's and higher efficiency streetlights save both energy and maintenance costs.

- Computerization of lights on playgrounds to save energy use when playgrounds not in use. Emissions inventory and analysis being conducted by OEA.

- Development of volunteer speakers' bureau to increase curbside recycling participation.

- Canal Streetcar Project underway; Desire Streetcar Project being studied
JOB1 Workforce Development and Business Support (New Orleans, Louisiana)New Orleans, Louisiana: Energy ResourcesTraining/Technical Assistance
Workforce development
YesLocalJOB1's mission is to develop a highly competitive workforce by working with employers to make their businesses more successful by providing services and programs to help recruit, train, and retain the best employees. There are many services provided to employers, job seekers, and youth. The program includes training programs for employees that financially assist employers in elevating their employee skills and knowledge level.

Employer-Based Training JOB1 includes Training Programs that provide wages to businesses to offset the cost of training employees who lack specific job skills. JOB1 will reimburse the employer 50% of the trainee's hourly gross wage rate for each hour worked for up to 6 months.

Incumbent Worker Training Program

JOB1 includes Customized Training that provides funds for approved classroom training for workers in high demand occupations. The program also provides Small Business Employee Training, which reimburses businesses for approved standardized employee training workers in demand occupations.