Program Authorization: R.S. 36:354
The goal of the Energy Conservation Program is to reduce the wasteful consumption of energy resources in the state. As its mission, the program administers all state and federal energy conservation/management and alternate and renewable energy-related projects implemented through two major functions: (1) State Energy Conservation Program (SECP); and (2) Institutional Conservation Program (ICP). Additionally, the Energy Conservation Program coordinates the funding of applications and reporting of all oil overcharge funds--Federal Energy Settlement (FES)--received by Louisiana. There is only one activity in this program: Energy Conservation.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Energy Conservation Program will reduce energy usage in Louisiana by the equivalent of 85.44 million gallons of gasoline.
1 The large variation between years is a result of accounting for multi-year projects at their termination.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with Federal Funds and Federal Energy Settlement Funds which are commonly referred to as the oil overcharge refunds. During the period of September 1, 1979 through January 21, 1989, there were federal price and distribution controls on crude oil, crude oil products and refined petroleum products which oil producers violated. These funds are distributed among the states according to formulae set by the courts of the 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
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 69.9% of the existing operating budget. It represents 99.6% of the total request ($19,481,955) for this program. The 30.1% decrease is due to the non-recurring adjustment in the Federal Energy Settlement Fund and the transferring of $1.8M in Federal Funds to the Home Energy Loan Section In the Auxiliary Account. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.
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 & Database Development Project)
Federal Energy Settlement Funds provided for energy conservation 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 in Management; LSU-Eunice - Vanpooling; USL - Crawfish Research Institute for Alligator Culture Biofiltration and Energy Conservation in Shrimp Trawling)
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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