The Center for Energy Studies (CES) is mandated to provide energy information and analysis that responds to the needs of the legislature, public agencies, and business and civic groups. Faculty and staff respond regularly to requests from a wide variety of individuals and institutions for specialized energy data and information.

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What Is Environmental Justice? advantaged and disadvantaged communities in the U.S. and LA

In a new document titled "What Is Environmental Justice," LSU faculty have collaborated to provide an understanding of Environmental Justice and how a project might promote EJ for local communities--information critical for many federally funded projects.

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McLindon Named Director of Energy Education and Outreach

Chris McLindonLSU's Center for Energy Studies is proud to announce the appointment of Chris McLindon as the Director of Energy Education and Outreach. McLindon brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the energy sector, making him an invaluable addition to the CES team. 

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LSU-led Team Awarded NSF’s Largest-Ever Grant
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A statewide effort led by LSU with more than 50 public and private partners has won the largest grant ever awarded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Louisiana’s Energy Transition Engine award, which will provide up to $160 million over the next 10 years, will support Louisiana’s energy industry, create jobs in the energy sector, develop innovative solutions to energy challenges and help train the world’s energy workforce. 
LSU Center for Energy Studies Interim Executive Director Greg Upton has collaborated with stakeholders statewide over the past year on this proposal and will serve on the project’s governance board. 

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Center Releases Gulf Coast Energy Outlook 2024gceo 2024 cover showing worker in hard hat at construction site

On November 15, 2023, the LSU Center for Energy Studies released the 2024 edition of the Gulf Coast Energy Outlook (GCEO) with a Zoom webinar presentation. As in previous years, this seventh edition of the GCEO provides a comprehensive overview of the Gulf Coast region’s energy industry outlook for the upcoming year.

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Upton Testifies on Capitol Hill Regarding Offshore Lease Sales, Hydraulic Fracturing Billsupton testifying

On Thursday, September 28, Center for Energy Studies (CES) Interim Executive Director Greg Upton testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources regarding two bills: HR 5616 by Rep. Garret Graves, “BRIDGE Production Act of 2023,” requiring BOEM to conduct offshore lease sales, and HR 1121 by Rep. Jeff Duncan, “Protecting American Energy Production Act,” that would ensure that the federal government could not declare a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing unless Congress were to authorize one. Read more.

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Awards LSU $3.2-million Methane Emissions Project

A new multi-year, $3.2 million multidisciplinary project funded by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources will estimate oil field site restoration costs and methane emissions from orphaned and idle oil and gas wells in Louisiana. Led by principal investigators Greg Upton, interim executive director and associate professor, LSU Center for Energy Studies, and Kanchan Maiti, associate chair and professor, LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, the project aims to determine which wells in the state could potentially represent the best candidates for plugging and abandoning (P&Aing) based on their methane emission potential.

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Dept. of Energy Funds $4.9 Million LSU-led Direct Air Capture Hub Feasibility Study

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded an LSU-led consortium a $4.9 million project to support the first phase of the Pelican Gulf Coast Carbon Removal project. The Pelican Consortium, which includes Shell and the University of Houston, will evaluate the feasibility of building a direct air capture (DAC) hub in Louisiana. DAC technologies capture CO2 directly from the atmosphere. The captured CO2 can then be used to manufacture products or be permanently stored in deep geological formations. As envisioned, the hub would enable accelerated and replicable carbon removal and permanent storage in ways that protect and generate jobs in the state.

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