LA PSC having meeting to consider "energy emergency" for state

BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) - Louisiana's Public Service Commission will meet Tuesday, Aug. 12 to decide if they want to declare an "energy emergency" in the state.

The move, if approved, would help certain customers by lowering their bills. Utilities regulated by the PSC would have to defer a part of those bills for up to 12 months.

A state law enacted in 2001 allows the PSC to call an "energy emergency" because of "inordinately high utility bills" due to issues such as bad weather and high gas or other fuel costs.

NW Louisiana PSC representative Foster Campbell said he's getting calls from senior citizens and others living on fixed incomes who say they can't pay their electric bills and take care of other needs like food and medicine.

Campbell also wants Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers to use part of the state's $1 billion surplus to supplement federal aid for home energy assistance.