11th Annual La. Groundwater, Surface Water, and Water Resources Symposium

The Louisiana Geological Survey and Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute will host the 11th Annual Louisiana Groundwater, Surface Water, and Water Resources Symposium April 11 and 12, 2017, at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building on the LSU Campus.

Registration: Professionals $60; Students $10. 

More details here.





Dismukes Outlines LSU’s Carbon Capture and Storage Research Project at NETL

CES Executive Director David Dismukes braved the “Blizzard of 2017” on his visit to the National Energy Technology Lab, or NETL, where he outlined LSU’s Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Research project March 14. The $1.3 million grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, and administered by NETL, was awarded to 13 institutions to develop pre-feasibility studies for industrial applications for carbon capture and storage. The LSU project focuses on industrial applications along the Gulf Coast between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. 

Dismukes outlined the basic business case for potential carbon capture and storage along the Gulf Coast and explained why continued clean fossil fuel development was critical for maintaining competitive fossil fuel based industries in Louisiana.

Other institutions receiving awards in this program include Battelle National Labs, the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas, Columbia University, and the Electric Power Research Institute.

Dismukes’ presentation is available here.

Read more on the project here.




Campanile Charities, Inc., Awards Center for Energy Studies $15K

The LSU Center for Energy Studies will receive two grants totaling $15,000 from Campanile Charities, Inc., or CCI, in support of its annual energy conference, Energy Summit™.  The awards are part of the Campanile Charities’ grant program for 2016-17 comprising several grants of up to $20,000 each for selected LSU academic units and research programs associated with the energy industry. 

“We are thrilled with the awards from Campanile Charities and want to express our sincere appreciation for their support of our fall conference,” said David Dismukes, CES professor and executive director.

Dismukes said the grants will be used to fund a prominent energy industry speaker to headline this year’s Energy Summit™, as well as to provide students the opportunity to attend the event free of charge.

“Our goal is always to involve students in our public events to provide educational and networking opportunities,” Dismukes said. “This grant will allow us to award several students a competitive scholarship to attend at no charge.”

This year’s Energy Summit™ is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18. The conference addresses the current state of, and outlook for, the energy industry, particularly as it pertains to the Gulf Coast region. Participants and attendees represent the upstream oil and gas industry, pipeline companies, storage and mid-stream companies, petrochemical companies, gas and power utilities, state environmental and utility regulators, state agency heads and staff members, legislators and legislative staff, and the media. 

Campanile Charities, Inc., is a public charity based in Baton Rouge. Through an endowment set up at the LSU Foundation, CCI funds several professorships and programs at the University. 


Bayou Bridge Pipeline will Bring Economic Impact of More Than $800 Million in 2017

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – The Louisiana State University Center for Energy Studies finds the Bayou Bridge Pipeline expansion will create significant economic benefits for Louisiana during both the construction and operations into the future. The report notes the project is estimated to generate more than $829 million in new economic activity in 2017; more than 4,000 jobs and over $400 million in new wages.

“The Bayou Bridge Pipeline will help expand Louisiana’s energy economy by creating jobs and leveraging existing in-state energy infrastructure such as refineries, processing and storage assets,” said Professor David Dismukes. “When completed, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will further diversify Louisiana’s crude oil supplies and provide new growth in both the immediate and long-terms.”

Project construction is estimated to generate almost $56 million in state and local tax revenues. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is comprised of 162 miles of 24-inch pipe and will require a $488 million capital investment, $471 million of which will be directly tied to Louisiana.

The study, commissioned by Energy Transfer Partners, was conducted by Professors David Dismukes, Ph.D. and Gregory Upton, Ph.D. Dr. Dismukes is the executive director and a professor at the Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University. He is also a professor in the LSU School of the Coast & Environment's Department of Environmental Sciences. Dr. Upton is an assistant professor at the Center for Energy Studies, and has been at CES since the summer of 2014. His research interests are related to the analysis of economic, environmental and public policy issues in energy and regulated industries.

The Center for Energy Studies conducts, encourages, and facilitates research and analysis to address energy-related problems or issues affecting Louisiana's economy, environment, and citizenry. Whether conducted by its staff or by others it supports, the Center's goal is to provide a balanced, objective, and timely treatment of issues with potentially important consequences for Louisiana. The Center for Energy Studies was created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1982 as the embodiment of recommendations made by an independent group of experts and at the urging of Louisiana business and public interest groups, as well as the University.

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline will connect key Louisiana refining operations with new and diverse sources of American energy production. The project will link other pipelines that are part of the more than 2 million miles of infrastructure in the U.S. and the major Midwest and Gulf Coast crude oil hubs to bring crude to the St. James hub in Louisiana.

Click here to view the report.

Contact Marybeth Pinsonneault, (225) 578-3948, for further information.


CES Local Host for Pink Petro's HERWorld Energy Forum March 8

LSU Center for Energy Studies is a proud local co-host of the HERWorld Energy Forum hosted by Pink Petro. This innovative one-day learning event will be hosted on March 8, 2017 with locations across the world participating at universities, companies and facilities via web streaming technology.  HERWorld is on International Women’s Day and will address new frontiers in the energy industry where business, workforce, innovation and policy intersect. It celebrates the energy industry, its people and the future. It features a wide range of speakers from the classroom to the C-Suite.

La. State Senator Sharon Hewitt will give the local opening address. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dalton J. Woods Auditorium
LSU Energy, Coast & Environment Bldg.   

Registration Options / Locations:

• HERWorld Baton Rouge – Louisiana State University – View the agenda and register here.
• Can’t come in person?  Get HERWorld Online – Register here.
• All registrants of our local event or online includes a 12-month membership into Pink Petro.