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Louisiana Renewable Energy Pilot Program

Date Last Updated11/29/2012
Policy TypePortfolio Standard
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeLouisiana Public Service Commission
Policy Initiation Date11/12/2010
Policy SummaryLouisiana established its Renewable Energy Pilot Program in 2010 to determine whether a renewable portfolio standard is suitable for Louisiana. The program has two major components under which only waste heat-to-power systems can qualify: the Research Component and the Request for Proposal (RFP) Component.

The Research Component is an opportunity for utilities to collect data on the feasibility of different renewable energy resources. Each investor-owned utility (IOU) must develop a minimum of three projects. Projects must be fully operational by the end of 2013. There are two options for the projects, and utilities may pick any combination of the two options:
  • Under the "self-build" option, utilities must develop their own renewable energy facilities. Each project is generally limited to 300 kW, but one project may be as large as 5 MW.
  • Under the standard offer tariff option, utilities can develop tariffs and associated contracts to purchase renewable energy facilities. Developers must deliver energy from new renewable resources. Utilities may not purchase more than 5 MW from any single project, and may not purchase more than 30 MW of total capacity. The tariff amount is $30/MWh plus an avoided-cost payment for a maximum of 5 years. After 5 years, the developer will continue to receive avoided-cost payments.
The RFP Component applies to both IOUs and cooperative utilities. Utilities must issue RFPs for new, long-term renewable resources that will come online between 2011 and 2014. The RFP must request a combined maximum of 350 MW. Each utility's portion of the 350 MW will be determined based on 2009 retail sales. The contract awarded through the RFP will have terms of 10 to 20 years. Award winners that supply renewable energy to IOUs must deliver at least 2 MW, and those that deliver to co-ops must deliver at least 1 MW.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsRenewably-fueled combined heat and power systems and waste heat-to-power systems qualify, defined as "waste heat recovery" (WHR). Eligible systems must have come online on or after January 1, 2010.
Eligible Project Size (MW)Varies by option.
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
Does Not Specify
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