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Program D: Technology Assessment

Program Authorization: R.S. 36:354

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Technology Assessment Division is to promote and encourage the exploration, production, conservation and efficient use of energy and natural resources in the State of Louisiana. Wise use and conservation of energy and natural resources improve the environment, enhance economic development and ensure a better quality of life for current and future generations. The Technology Assessment Division administers all state and federal energy conservation/management and alternate and renewable energy-related projects implemented through the State Energy Conservation Program (SECP), which manages the remaining elements of the Institutional Conservation Program (ICP) and coordinates funding of applications and reports. Additionally, the program provides technical assistance, information, data, and analysis to the legislature, Secretary, Governor, industry and the public on energy resources, energy use and efficiency. There are three activities in this program: Energy Section, Engineering and Economic Evaluation section and Auxiliary-residential Energy Efficiency Program. The goal of the Technology Assessment Program is to reduce the wasteful consumption of energy resources in the state.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with Interagency Transfers, Federal Funds and Federal Energy Settlement Funds which are commonly referred to as the oil overcharge refunds. The source of the Interagency Transfer is from the Office of Mineral Resources for indirect cost. During the period of September 1, 1979 through January 21, 1989, there were federal price and distribution controls on crude oil products and refined petroleum products which oil producers violated. Theses funds are distributed among the states according to formulae set by the courts of U.S. Department of Energy. These funds can be used for the administration of and funding of five specific energy conservation programs: State Energy Conservation Program, Energy Extension Service, Institutional Conservation Program, Weatherization Assistance Program and/or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$19,410,956

9

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$19,419,956

9

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET November 20, 1998

         

$0

$10,253

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998-1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$0

$6,094

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$0

$63,000

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

$8,306

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

$0

($13,323)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment

$0

($214,244)

0

 

Other Adjustments - Multi-year contracts that were completed and funded by Stripper Well

$0

($478,280)

0

 

Other Adjustments - Multi-year contracts that were completed and funded by Exxon

$0

($36,034)

0

 

Other Adjustments - Multi-year contracts that were completed and funded by the Office of Hearings and Appeals

$0

($37)

0

 

Other Adjustments Reduction in expenditures to actual spending level

$0

($1,670,000)

0

 

Other Adjustments Reduction in duplicate funding of the energy efficient design of the proposed new state office buildings

$0

$2,100

0

 

Other Adjustments Training engineers on mandated statewide energy codes

$0

$6,750

0

 

Other Adjustments Reallocation of engineers by Civil Service

$191,205

$348,939

5

 

Other Technical Adjustments - Moved the Technology Assessment cost center from the Executive Program to the Energy Program and renamed the Energy Program to Technology Assessment Division

($191,205)

$0

0

 

Means of Financing Substitution(s) - Replace General Fund with Interagency Transfers from the Office of Mineral Resources for indirect cost

$0

$250,000

0

 

New and Expanded Adjustments - Nice3 grant to promote clean production and energy efficiency in the industrial sector

$0

$60,000

0

 

New and Expanded Adjustments - Industries of the Future grant will provide funds to coordinate activities to develop research road maps for industry in Louisiana to conserve energy

$0

$89,000

0

 

New and Expanded Adjustments - Rebuild America grant to promote energy efficient technologies in the redevelopment of economically depressed urban areas

         

$0

$17,843,480

14

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($1,567,476)

5

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this account is recommended at 92.0% the existing operating budget. It represents 99.8% of the total request ($17,880,070) for this program. The 8.0% decrease is due to the completion of contracts by Exxon and the Office of Hearings and Appeals and for energy efficient design for the proposed new state office buildings. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for one (1) year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$17,200

 

Industries of the Future grant provided to coordinate activities to develop research on road maps for industries in Louisiana to conserve energy

     

$17,200

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$12,416,870

 

Federal Energy Settlement Funds provided for energy conservation demonstration projects (i.e., Tulane University - Residential Indoor Air Quality; Low-Income, Elderly and Native American Outreach Program; Statewide Dry Hydrants; Rapides Recycles; Landfill Gas Recovery and Database Development Project; etc.)

 

 

$2,100

 

Training Engineers on mandated energy codes

$14,241

 

Technology assessment - Federal Energy Settlement Funds for Energy Education activities

$249,793

 

Nice 3 grant provided for a variety of industrial applications to promote clean production and energy efficiency

 

 

 

$12,683,004

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

     
   

Interagency Transfers:

$3,875,622

 

Federal Energy Settlement Funds provided for energy conservation demonstration projects, contracts and grants to various state agencies (i.e., LSU - Waste Incineration/Steam Generation facility; DEQ - Statewide Recycling Awareness; Louisiana Tech University - Energy Conservation in the Home; LSU - Center for Energy, Environmental and Coastal Resources Management; UNO Center for Energy Resources Management; LSU/Eunice Vanpooling; USL Crawfish Research Institute for Alligator Culture Biofiltration and Energy Conservation in Shrimp Trawling).

     

$3,875,622

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$5,400

 

Two Pentium II Work Stations

$2,300

 

2 Laser Printers

$900

 

2 Software Suites

$900

 

2 Specialized Software Packages

$18,000

 

1 Van

$45,000

 

10 Laptop computers with 80 blower doors

$8,800

 

Digital projector with Pentium laptop computer and a digital camera

     

$81,300

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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