With your help it passed - June 2003
30, 2001 Representative
William Daniel 3753
Perkins Rd. Baton
Rouge, LA 70808
was good to talk to you this past week about solar energy. I wanted
to get your help in correcting a problem with the laws in the State of
Louisiana right now. Since you are on the natural resources committee,
you may be able to assist me or put me in touch with the best people that
can help correct the problem.
problem is Louisiana does not allow its residents to install small, grid-connected
renewable energy systems to reduce their electric bills using Net Metering.
Under Net Metering, electricity produced by renewable energy systems can
flow into the utility grid. In Louisiana, the primary source of renewable
energy would be solar. Rather than selling electricity back to the
utility company at a wholesale rate, Net Metering allows the consumer to
use any excess electricity produced to offset electricity used at other
times during the billing period.
Metering is important because many residential customers are not home using
electricity during the day when their renewable systems are producing power.
If they could Net Meter, it would reduce system costs, as expensive battery
storage systems are not required. It also provides an easily administered
mechanism for encouraging the use of renewable energy systems in the state.
benefit by avoiding the administrative and accounting costs of metering
and purchasing small amounts of electricity from their customers.
The cost associated with Net Metering to the utility company is only the
reduction of electricity purchased which is comparable to the consumer
purchasing energy efficient appliances. The standard kilowatt-hour
meter accurately registers the flow of electricity in either direction
so it is ready to work in a Net Metering system.
have been considerable advances in technology with grid-tie inverters in
the last decade. Most new inverters comply with all nationally recognized
codes and standards. These systems are operating safely in every
state in the nation and include all the protective circuits to synchronize
with the utility grid and isolation when the grid experiences an outage. Currently,
30 states have Net Metering laws and several more have pending legislation.
I would like Louisiana to join with the majority of the country and allow
Net Metering. Think of the positive press this would give the state!
I can provide Senate or House bill numbers for proposed or current programs
in other states if it would help. We would not be re-inventing the
wheel here. What can you do to help?
am currently organizing a group of individuals across the state known as
the “Louisiana Solar Energy Society”. We will become a chapter of
the American Solar Energy Society. Our goal is to promote solar and
other renewable energy in Louisiana. We will partner with other groups
with similar goals. Please check out our current website which is
I would love to discuss this further
and I would invite you to join our society and help us correct this problem
with current law. I hope it is not too late this session.