BATON ROUGE, LA – Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), the leading voice for sensible energy policies for families and businesses, applauds Gov. Edwards for signing SB 492, which prohibits a parish or municipality from imposing unnecessary and senseless restrictions on the use of clean natural gas and preserves the right for consumers to maintain the service they want. This legislation offers families and businesses consistent and transparent rules for future energy service as well as much-needed consumer protections.
CEA Gulf Coast Director Kaitlin Schmidtke said:
“Thank you to Gov. Edwards and the State Legislature for proactively standing up for families and allowing households and businesses to have responsible energy choices. This new law stands up for the greater good and economic health of our state. Families and businesses need energy choices and security, not unnecessary restrictions – especially during these trying times when Louisianans are faced with reviving the economy in the wake of the pandemic.”
“Actions by anti-energy activists to restrict natural gas in several California and New York communities have harmed consumers, families and small businesses in a time of unprecedented economic uncertainty. That’s why we applaud Gov. Edwards and the legislature for helping put a stop to these ill-advised efforts being pushed that could unnecessarily create cost burdens for Louisiana’s families and businesses and risk our future energy security.”
“Energy helps power every imaginable American industry, and here in Louisiana, energy provides billions each year in local and state revenue and helps keep Louisiana workers employed using Louisiana-produced energy. In a time of increased economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded of the importance of providing our neighbors and communities with affordable, reliable energy supplies that can also serve to improve our environmental progress and lower emissions.”