I testified Aug. 21 before the Public Service Commission to affirm my support for a statewide energy efficiency program for individual home owners. I own a small business in this industry and wanted to support a program that would encourage other private industry companies, such as Entergy, Cleco and SWEPCO, to voluntarily participate in an initiative that would incentivize homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. All of the aforementioned companies testified that they would gladly support this statewide energy efficiency program.
One major voice of dissension at the hearing was Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta, who resorted to bullying tactics against witnesses supporting this program, to try to distract the public with his misguided argument that Louisiana residences would somehow shoulder the burden of this program. To reiterate, it is the private industry that is creating and shouldering the burden of this program and companies like Entergy, Cleco and SWEPCO should be applauded for their efforts, not berated. Since Public Service Commissioner Skrmetta’s behavior resorted to him silencing my voice as a witness and dismissing my testimony at the hearing, I would like to make my rebuttal in public.
The citizens of PSC District 1 should be made aware that Eric Skrmetta lobbied in opposition to growing small businesses like mine, recognizing utility companies for their commendable efforts and most importantly shutting out individual homeowners from obtaining affordable utility bills. If his leadership on this issue is anything like his behavior towards me, perhaps we should silence Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta’s voice in Baton Rouge and dismiss him this next election cycle.
small business owner