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. The Center maintains some unique energy data bases and is the official repository of energy information from the state and The Energy Council. Staff respond regularly to requests from a wide variety of individuals and institutions for specialized energy data and information.
CES comprises the following units:
- Louisiana Geological Survey
- Radiation Safety Office
- Minerals Processing Research Division
- Oil Spill Research and Development Division
- Energy Information and Data Division
- Policy Analysis Division
- Research and Development Division
Other units affiliated with CES:
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Dismukes, Co-authors Complete NETL CarbonSAFE Report
In 2017, LSU researchers received a $1.4 million grant from the National Energy Technology Laboratory, or NETL, a part of the U.S. Department of Energy, to study the feasibility of industrial carbon capture and storage, or CCS, along the Louisiana Chemical Corridor. The award is part of NETL's Carbon Storage Assurance Enterprise, or CarbonSAFE, program, which seeks to develop an integrated CCS storage complex constructed and permitted for operation in the 2025 timeframe in several phases.
Led by CES Executive Director and Professor David Dismukes, the research team includes Brian Snyder, assistant professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, LSU College of the Coast & Environment; Richard Hughes, professional-in-residence, LSU Department of Petroleum Engineering; Mehdi Zeidouni, assistant professor, LSU Department of Petroleum Engineering; Muhammad Zulqarnain, postdoctoral researcher, Louisiana State University, Keith Hall, director, Mineral Law Institute, LSU Law; Chacko John, (retired) associate director & professor, Louisiana Geological Survey; Brian Harder, research analyst, Louisiana Geological Survey; Michael Layne, graduate assistant, Louisiana State University; and Juan Lorenzo, associate professor, LSU Department of Geology & Geophysics.
LSU Center for Energy Studies Assistant Professor Gregory B. Upton, Jr., is one of three candidates nominated by the Louisiana Board of Regents, or BOR, for the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference, or REC. Members of the REC will choose one person from the three BOR nominees to replace LSU Professor Jim Richardson, the current economist, who will step down in June of this year after 30 years of REC service.
CES Assistant Professor Greg Upton and coauthors have released "The Future of Solar in Louisiana: An Analysis of the Technical and Economic Implications of Solar P.V. Growth on Louisiana’s Economy and Electric Grid," with support from the La. Board of Regents and SWEPCO.
Status Report Submitted to Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs and House Committee on Ways and Means of the Louisiana Legislature
Professors James A. Richardson, LSU Department of Public Administration, and Gregory B. Upton, LSU Center for Energy Studies, have completed a requested preliminary status report addressing possible changes to Louisiana’s mineral tax structure.
The 2019 Gulf Coast Energy Outlook, a collaborative research initiative from the Center for Energy Studies and the E. J. Ourso College of Business, provides a broad overview of the current status and trends guiding energy markets with an emphasis on the Gulf Coast and reports on upstream oil and gas production, downstream refining and petrochemicals, as well as the contribution of the energy sector to the broader Gulf Coast economy. The report includes forecasts of future employment in relevant energy sectors.