MONROE, LA. – Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell is awarding more nearly $500,000.00 in grants to local governments and parish school systems in multiple Northeast and Northcentral Louisiana parishes to promote energy efficiency. One of the recipients is Quitman High School who will receive $70,559.00 The grant will fund installation of high-efficiency, LED lights in the school.
“These improvements will lower electric bills by thousands of dollars for these institutions,” Campbell said.
The LPSC Energy Efficiency program for public entities and political subdivisions is an offshoot of the commission’s “Quick Start” Energy Efficiency program, which has helped residential and commercial utility customers lower their power consumption across Louisiana since 2013. Participating utilities are SWEPCO, Entergy and CLECO.
“Energy Efficiency reduces energy costs, improves building comfort and preserves our environment,” Campbell said. “Every dollar that our local governments and public bodies save on their electric bills is a dollar that can help them improve service to the public in other ways.”
The recipients of Campbell’s 2021 efficiency grants for public institutions in Northeast Louisiana are:
• Franklin Parish Library; $87,450.00
• Town of Bastrop: $248,920.88
• Jackson Parish School Board: $70,559.00
• Lincoln Parish School Board: $76,344.00
Per School Superintendent, David Claxton, the grant was just one of several applied for by the Jackson Parish School Board.
“We applied for each of our schools to receive some of this grant money,” said Claxton. “We are grateful that at least Quitman High School got chosen but we will continue to work for grant money for all of our schools.