Louisiana approves largest renewable expansion in state history

Source: By Jack Quinn, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2024

Regulators advanced a plan that could lead to renewables firing 30 percent of the state’s power.

Solar panels are seen in an aerial view.

Solar panels are seen in an aerial view. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Louisiana Public Service Commission backed the state’s largest-ever expansion of renewable power Wednesday, highlighting the shifting electricity mix in a region dominated by natural gas.

The commission approved a plan from Entergy Louisiana to add up to 3,000 megawatts of solar generation to the grid by 2031. If fully executed, the plan would boost non-hydroelectric renewables’ share of electricity generation in Louisiana by 10 times within a decade, increasing it to between 20 percent and 30 percent from 3 percent today.

As part of the plan, the LPSC authorized a streamlined procurement and approval process to accelerate solar projects.

“This approval underscores our commitment to meeting operational and sustainability needs, driving economic development, and protecting the environment. … it’s a significant win for the future of our state,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana President and CEO, in a press release.