|Louisiana Public Service Commission District 5|
|January 1, 2003 - Present|
|Years in position||12|
|Chair, Louisiana Public Service Commission|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Louisiana State Senate|
|High school||Bossier High School|
|Bachelor's||Northwestern State University|
|Date of birth||January 6, 1947|
|Place of birth||Shreveport, Louisiana|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Campbell sought re-election to a third term on the five-member commission against Republican challenger Keith Gates in the 2014 elections. Foster Campbell won the general election on November 4, 2014.
Campbell worked as a schoolteacher and agricultural products salesman from 1972 to 1975. In 1976 he started his own business, the Campbell Insurance Agency, Inc. Cambell served in the Louisiana State Senate from 1976 to 2002. He joined the LPSC in 2003 and has served on that body since.
- Graduated, Bossier High School
- Graduated, Northwestern State University
- Attended, Louisiana State University
Louisiana Public Service Commission (2003-present)
Campbell has served District 5 on the Louisiana Public Service Commission since 2003. He was Chair from 2012-2013.
Louisiana State Senate (1976-2002)
Campbell was a member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1976 through 2002.
|Public Services Commissioner of Louisiana, District 5, 2014|
|Democratic||Foster Campbell Incumbent||61.5%||169,098|
|Election Results via Louisiana Secretary of State.|
Ethics concerns for Skrmetta
Eric Skrmetta (R) attracted attention and challengers for his November re-election bid after ethics concerns emerged in early August. The Times-Picayune published a report on August 5, 2014, detailing an email exchange between the commissioner and Andrew B. Ezell from the Gulf State Renewable Energies Industry Association. This exchange reportedly included a request by Skrmetta for the organization's support ahead of the November election in exchange for his vote in support of more lenient metering policies in Louisiana. Ezell sent the request to members of the association on August 2, only four days prior to commission hearings about lifting the state's limit on payments to consumers using solar panels.
Skrmetta denied wrongdoing or an exchange of favors with solar energy firms following the paper's report. He noted in The Times-Picayune that the commission needed to review metering policy due to concerns about the potential bankruptcy of an unnamed solar firm based in the state. He faced scrutiny from challenger Forest Wright (R) and fellow commissioner Foster Campbell (D), though ultimately won re-election in the December runoff.
Wright, an energy policy advocate based in New Orleans, cited Skrmetta's email as a motivation for his 2014 campaign. Wright and Skrmetta supported lighter regulations on solar installation firms, though Wright was concerned about the alleged quid pro quo involved in Skrmetta's email. He previously sought the District 2 seat on the board in 2012. Campbell, who won re-election to the District 5 seat, was vocal in opposing changes to existing metering policy and alleged that Skrmetta's behavior was "borderline illegal."
|Policy and Elections|
|Energy policy was a major issue in Louisiana. Find out more about Louisiana Energy policy.|
Net metering is a billing system where customers who generate their own electricity, usually using renewable sources, such as solar panels, are able to sell their excess electricity back to the grid. This requires electricity to be able to flow both to and from the consumer. According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency "net metering is required by law in most U.S. states, but state policies vary widely." While many energy experts support net metering, there is debate over the price at which those generating excess power should be compensated. In some states, consumers are compensated at the full retail rate, while other states compensate individual producers at the wholesale rate. Retail electricity rates are the final prices paid by consumers and include the all the costs of that electricity, from generation to delivery. Wholesale electricity rates "include the cost of the fuel used to generate electricity and the cost of buying the power," but do not include the costs of transporting or delivering electricity.
- Proponents of net metering argue the system is beneficial because it promotes renewable energy and incentivizes consumers to produce their own electricity, which they argue is more efficient. Consumers are often drawn to this program because they can save money by generating their own electricity (as opposed to buying it from a utility company), and they can even receive credit back on their electricity bill for the excess electricity they generated.
- Opponents of net metering argue that customers who sell their electricity back to the grid at the full electricity price are not paying for the fixed costs associated with power generation, such as wires, poles, meters and other infrastructure. According to these opponents, consumers producing their own energy are often still using power supplied by a utility company when their own generation isn't sufficient. For example, on cloudy days those with solar panels must rely on the grid system for electricity. Instead, opponents argue that consumers should be paid the wholesale price for electricity.
In Louisiana, the commercial, residential and agricultural sectors can take advantage of net metering for solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, small hydroelectric, renewable fuel cells, geothermal electric and microturbines. Utilities in Louisiana pay the full retail rate for electricity generated from net metering, but once net metering purchases exceed 0.5 percent of a utility's retail peak load they no longer have to offer net metering. Entergy, which serves approximately 1.07 million electric customers in Louisiana, had already reached 75 percent of its 0.5 percent cap on net metering purchases by February 28, 2014.
Skrmetta earned the endorsements of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the state Republican Party and the Louisiana Sheriff's Organization prior to the November election. Wright received the endorsement of primary candidate Allen "Al" Leone (R) ahead of the December runoff election.
Commission as launching pad
The Louisiana Public Service Commission has served as a stepping stone to higher office in Louisiana. The following chart details past commissioners who eventually won election to the governor's office:
|Former commissioners who became governors|
|Name||Party||Commission service||Gubernatorial service|
|Jimmie Davis||Democratic||1942-1944||1944-1948, 1960-1964|
|Louisiana Public Service Commission, District 5, 2008|
|Democratic||Foster Campbell Incumbent||78.1%||120,805|
|No party affiliation||James "Jim" Crowley||21.9%||33,916|
|Election Results via Louisiana Secretary of State|
|Louisiana Public Service Commission, District 5, 2002|
|Election Results via Louisiana Secretary of State|
Comprehensive donor information for Campbell is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Campbell raised a total of $2,467,283 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Foster Campbell's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Foster Campbell's Campaign Contributions|
Louisiana Public Service Commission
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||Unopposed|
|Top 5 contributors||Cleco Corp||$10,000|
|Riemer Calhoun Jr.||$5,000|
|United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners||$5,000|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Foster + Campbell + Louisiana "
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- Louisiana Public Service Commission - Foster Campbell
- Personal website
- Twitter profile
- Campaign contributions: 2011, 2008, 2007, 2002, 1999
- Louisiana Public Service Commission, "Commissioner District 5," accessed March 6, 2013
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "2014 General Election Candidate List," accessed October 24, 2014
- Nola.com, "Eric Skrmetta elected chairman of Louisiana Public Service Commission," January 31, 2013
- E-mail communication with Kristen Mathews, June 2, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Email controversy ensnares Public Service Commission Chair Eric Skrmetta, solar proposal," August 5, 2014
- The Advocate, "Solar compromise offered," August 15, 2014
- Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, "Glossary," accessed October 22, 2014
- Edison Electric Institute, "Straight Talk About Net Metering," September 2013
- Solar Energy industries Alliance, "Net Metering," accessed October 22, 2014
- Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, "Louisiana Net Metering," October 19, 2014
- Entergy, "Net Metering for Renewable Energy Resources," accessed October 22, 2014
- Entergy, "About Us," accessed October 22, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Industry group backs Eric Skrmetta for Public Service Commission," September 15, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Public Service Commission candidate Forest Wright picks up endorsement from former rival Al Leone," November 10, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Public Service Commission finally getting interesting: Jeremy Alford," August 26, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Find Results and Statistics," accessed September 18, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Results for Election Date: 10/4/2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Foster Campbell," accessed July 11, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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