Welcome to the Louisiana Public Service Commission Website
The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) is an independent
regulatory agency dedicated to serving the public interest by assuring
safe, reliable, and reasonably priced services provided by public utilities
and motor carriers.
The LPSC consists of five elected Commissioners who serve overlapping
terms of six years and a staff of 92. Created by Article VI, Section 3-9
of the Louisiana Constitution of 1921, the LPSC succeeded The
Railroad Commission of Louisiana, which was created by the Constitution
of 1898. The LPSC's constitutional authority was reaffirmed by the
Constitution of 1974, in Article IV, Section 21.
The overall goals of the Commission are to ensure a regulatory
balance that enables utilities to provide customers with safe, adequate
and reliable service, at rates that are just and reasonable, equitable
and economically efficient, and that allow utilities an opportunity to
earn a fair rate of return on their investment.
In addition, the Commission continues to take an active and cautious
role in the development of a competitive, market-based approach to utility
regulation whenever such an approach is in the public interest.