WHEREAS, several regions of the United States of America are also experiencing a shortage of electrical generating capacity;
WHEREAS, the state of Louisiana has a large supply of energy-rich natural resources;
WHEREAS, the state of Louisiana has an abundance of natural resources which are well-suited for the production of electricity and other forms of energy;
WHEREAS, many of Louisiana's natural resources are not currently being utilized as effectively as possible;
WHEREAS, much of the energy consumed in Louisiana is used directly in the extraction, refining, processing, or manufacture of large portions of the nation's energy and agricultural supplies;
WHEREAS, there have been significant advancements in energy production methods which should be explored and put into practice;
WHEREAS, the development of a comprehensive energy policy for Louisiana would help maximize the use of Louisiana's natural resources and help alleviate the national shortage of energy;
WHEREAS, the current methods of transmitting and distributing energy have evolved in a patchwork pattern over time and need to be studied and modified to function as part of a comprehensive system; and
WHEREAS, the development of such a comprehensive energy policy would be in the best interests of the people of Louisiana and the nation;
NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the state of Louisiana by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Comprehensive Energy Policy Advisory Commission (hereafter "Commission") is established and created within the executive department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The Commission shall review existing state energy policies and shall develop recommendations for a comprehensive energy policy for the state of Louisiana. In preparing this policy, the Commission's duties shall include, but are not limited to the following:SECTION 3: By February 1, 2002, the Commission shall submit to the governor a report on the issues set forth in Section 2 of this Order.
SECTION 4: With the exception of the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president of the Senate, and/or their designees, all members of the Commission shall be appointed by the governor. All non-ex-officio appointees on the Commission shall serve at the pleasure of the governor. The Commission shall be composed of twenty- two (22) members selected as follows:SECTION 5: The governor shall appoint the chair of the Commission. All other officers, if any, shall be elected by the membership of the Commission.
SECTION 6: The Commission shall meet at regularly scheduled intervals and at the call of the chair.
SECTION 7: Support staff, facilities, and resources for the Commission shall be provided by the Department of Natural Resources.
SECTION 8:SECTION 9: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Commission in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 10: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 25th day of October, 2001.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State