Electricity Laws and Incentives in Louisiana

The list below contains summaries of all Louisiana laws and incentives related to electricity.

State Incentives

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tax Credit

Louisiana offers a nonrefundable income tax credit for new original equipment manufacturer AFVs purchased before July 1, 2021. A taxpayer may take a tax credit of 10% of the cost of the motor vehicle, up to $2,500. To qualify for the tax credit, vehicles must have a dedicated alternative fuel storage and delivery system and be registered in Louisiana. For the purpose of this incentive, alternative fuels include natural gas, propane, biofuel, biodiesel, methanol, ethanol, and electricity. (Reference Senate Bill 8, 2021, Louisiana Revised Statutes 47:6035, and Louisiana Administrative Code Title 61, Section 1913)

Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit

Louisiana offers a nonrefundable income tax credit of 30% of the cost of purchasing and installing qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property. Qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property is defined as:

  • Alternative fueling delivery equipment including compression equipment, storage tanks, and dispensing units for alternative fuel at the point where the fuel is delivered, and;
  • Purchase of property which is directly related to the delivery of an alternative fuel for use in alternative fuel vehicles.
Tax credits are available through January 1, 2022. For the purpose of this incentive, alternative fuels include electricity, natural gas, propane, and non-ethanol based advance biofuel.

(Reference Senate Bill 8, 2021, Louisiana Revised Statutes 47:6035, and Louisiana Administrative Code Title 61, Section 1913)

Louisiana's National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Planning

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) NEVI Formula Program requires the Louisiana Department of Transportation (LA DOTD) to submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan (Plan) to the DOT and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Office by August 1, 2022, describing how the state intends to distribute NEVI funds. Plans must be established according to NEVI guidance.

For more information about Louisiana’s NEVI planning process, see the LA DODT Electric Vehicle Infrastructure website.

Provision for Green Jobs Tax Credit

Pending available funding, the Louisiana Department of Economic Development will offer a corporate or income tax credit for qualified capital infrastructure projects in Louisiana that are directly related to industries including, but not limited to, the advanced drivetrain vehicle and biofuels industries. The tax credit is for 7% to 18% of the project costs, calculated based on the investment costs, up to $1,000,000 per state-certified green project. The portion of the base investment expended on payroll for Louisiana residents employed in connection with the construction of the project may be eligible for an additional 7.2% tax credit on the payroll. Annual credits caps apply and credits will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible recipients. Restrictions may apply. (Reference Louisiana Revised Statutes 47:6037)

Vehicle Emissions Reduction and Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Project Funding

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Volkswagen Eligible Mitigation Action Project program provides up to 80% of the cost of new diesel or alternative fuel replacements and repowers for eligible government entities. For eligible non-government entities, the Program provides up to 40% of the cost of a new diesel or alternative fuel repower, up to 25% of the cost of a new diesel or alternative fuel vehicle, and up to 75% of the cost of an all-electric repower or replacement, with associated charging infrastructure. Qualifying alternative fuels include, but are not limited to, natural gas and propane. Vehicles that qualify for replacement or repower include:

Model Year Vehicle Type
1992-2009 Class 8 Local Freight Trucks and Port Drayage Trucks
1992-2009 Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks
2009 or older Class 4-8 School Buses, Shuttle Buses, and Transit Buses

Eligible government and non-government entities may also receive funding for the all-electric repower or replacement of airport ground support equipment, forklifts, and port cargo handling equipment, as well as for the purchase, installation, and maintenance of light-duty EV charging stations.

The program is funded by Louisiana’s portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including application guidelines, see the DEQ Louisiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust website.

Utility/Private Incentives

Electric Equipment and Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Incentive - Entergy

Qualified Entergy customers are eligible to receive incentives in varying amounts for the purchase Level 2 and direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations. For more information, including eligible technologies, see the Entergy eTech website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Rebate – Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO)

SWEPCO offers residential customers a $250 rebate for the installation of an ENERGY STAR certified Level 2 EV charging station. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including how to apply and funding availability, see the SWEPCO Level 2 Home EV Charging Station Rebate Program website.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Support

Louisiana utilities joined the National Electric Highway Coalition (NEHC), committing to create a network of direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations connecting major highway systems from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific of the United States. NEHC utility members agree to ensure efficient and effective fast charging deployment plans that enable long distance EV travel, avoiding duplication among coalition utilities, and complement existing corridor DCFC sites. For more information, including a list of participating utilities and states, see the NEHC website.

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