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.
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CES Associate Professor Gregory B. Upton, Jr., prepared a podcast for the International Association for Energy Economics on March 25, 2021. In the podcast, he discusses how, over the past decade, the advent of oil and natural gas production from shale geological formations fundamentally changed not only global energy markets but also the communities that reside above these formations. His podcast examines how economists might gain insights from this natural experiment about labor markets and business cycles more broadly.
A new white paper reveals an approach that Louisiana can use to decrease the burden of a carbon tax on large industrial CO2 emitters. Titled “Overlooked Opportunity: Incentivizing Carbon Capture through Carbon Tax Revenues,” the paper details how carbon tax revenues can advance Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS), a technology that reduces CO2 emissions.
A carbon tax, which prices CO2 emissions equal to their environmental damages, is becoming a likely tool for Louisiana and 24 other states as they work to reach net-zero carbon emissions. The white paper, written by LSU Center for Energy Studies Assistant Professor Brittany Tarufelli, reviews the appeal of utilizing carbon tax revenues to fund the research, development, and implementation of CCUS.
“Policymakers have largely overlooked the possibility of recycling carbon tax revenues to incentivize and reduce the costs of CCUS,” said Tarufelli. “This proposition would help emissions-intensive industry and smooth the transition to a lower-carbon economy.”