Democratic PSC candidate Forest Wright

Democratic PSC candidate Forest Wright

The Louisiana Democratic Party endorsed energy policy leader Forest Wright in the race for Louisiana’s Second District seat on the Louisiana Public Service Commission on Saturday.

The endorsement was made by the party’s executive committee and by a vote of the Democratic State Central Committee which met at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

Forest Wright is a seasoned energy policy professional who brings expertise, independence, and a proven commitment to protecting the interests of all Louisiana ratepayers. Wright is recognized locally and nationally as an energy policy leader and is credited with spearheading major advancements in rules that increase transparency and accountability in utility planning, as well as groundbreaking renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in Louisiana.

For more than a decade, he has been developing business strategies and regulatory policies for a sustainable energy future – first for Shell International Exploration and Production Company and more recently with The Alliance for Affordable Energy. Forest is a graduate of Tulane University, where he studied sustainable development and tourism.

Spearheading projects such as the Energy Smart NOLA program, energy rater and solar certification courses, the LA Green Corps home weatherization training program, Forest has helped to lower the cost of utility bills and promoted energy efficient technologies in South Louisiana, while increasing business growth and job creation.

In addition to his extensive energy policy work, he has also tackled community problems and developed effective solutions for neighborhood development needs through his work with The Urban Conservancy, Groundwork New Orleans,The Alliance for Affordable Energy, and his own business, The Building Block. He understands that local communities and businesses can grow together when supported by forward-looking policies from the Public Service Commission.

Mr. Wright believes that the development of sound energy policies and programs can return money to families and to businesses, and that such policies and programs can succeed with the right person in the PSC. He has direct experience with a wide array of utility regulation issues currently before the Public Service Commission and understands the process through which the work is done.

For more information on Forest Wright’s campaign for the Louisiana Public Service Commission click here.

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Originally published: Oct 8, 2012