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Apr 12, 2010 6:31 PM by Veronica White

Proposed Bill May Save Money on Energy

One local lawmaker is pushing for a way to make energy costs lower.

This session Senator Mike Michot of Lafayette brings his alternative energy bill to the table.

"Using the natural flow of the river and harnessing that and converting it into electricity is the general idea," Michot says.

The proposal in Senate Bill 592 is that the Department of Natural Resources promote the usage of energy derived from "hydrokinetics," or water in motion.

Turbines would be placed in bodies of water such as the Mississippi River and Atchafalaya Basin.

The end goal is to help consumers save money on their power bills.

"We think it's something for the future. Entergy supports the development of alternative resources as long as it's cost effective for our customers," says Liz Duhon from Entergy.

The power company says they have been researching alternatives for the past 14 months, but it takes time to find out if they will ultimately save consumers money.

Senator Michot believes his route will save money because of Louisiana's abundance of natural resources.

"I'm wondering why we didn't do it sooner, it's an idea that makes a lot of sense to me. Louisiana's really well-positioned to be a leader in alternative energy," Michot says.

 

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