LUS was created to meet the needs of a growing Lafayette. Early city leaders initiated a campaign to provide their own power and, in 1896, Lafayette voters unanimously supported the funding for a municipal water and electrical plant. Since then, LUS has successfully navigated the changing energy market to effectively respond to Lafayette’s rapid growth and increasing power generation needs.
For 125 years, LUS has remained Lafayette’s citizen-owned public power utility.
As a public power utility, providing reliable service at a low-cost to customers is our top priority. Recognized as Reliable Public Power Provider by the American Public Power Association, LUS customers experience shorter and fewer outages than any other community in Louisiana.
LUS operates the T.J. Labbe and Hargis-Hebert Electric Generating Stations in Lafayette along with ownership interest in the Rodemacher Generating Station in Boyce, LA. As a member of MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator) since 2013, LUS supplies Lafayette’s power through the purchase and sale of power generation on a real-time energy market. MISO is the collaborative effort of a diverse group of industry participants spanning 15 U.S. states who focus on reliable and cost-effective power generation.
Our work to efficiently and safely power Lafayette’s homes and businesses doesn’t stop at the electric generating station. LUS maintains over 1,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines connecting Lafayette to the energy that powers life. Regardless of weather conditions, LUS lineworkers work tirelessly to keep Lafayette connected.