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2020 Analysis Released: Meeting Louisiana’s Rising Industrial Energy Demands through Demand Response
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A new white paper by LSU Center for Energy Studies Assistant Professor Brittany Tarufelli analyzes a method regional electrical utilities can use to better meet Louisiana’s surging industrial energy demands.

In “Foundations for an Intelligent Energy Future: Demand Response Potential in Louisiana,” Tarufelli’s analysis focuses on how Louisiana can best apply demand response, a method for electricity utilities to communicate with and incentivize industrial customers to shift peak energy consumption away from utilities’ peak demand periods. The paper highlights numerous benefits Louisiana can reap by increasing participation in demand response programs. These include minimizing spikes in energy demand and corresponding prices, reducing the risk of blackouts and energy transmission congestion; and enabling utilities to leverage current energy production facilities rather than build new power plants.

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LSU Researchers Submit La. Mineral Revenues Recommendations
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Professors Gregory B. Upton, LSU Center for Energy Studies, and James A. Richardson, LSU Public Administration Institute, have authored the report “Mineral Revenues in Louisiana,” prepared in response to Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 of the 2018 second extraordinary session. The report is a continuation of work from the Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy created by House Concurrent Resolution 11 of the first extraordinary session of 2016.

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The LSU Center for Energy Studies and the E. J. Ourso College of Business hosted a kickoff event on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, to release the 2020 Gulf Coast Energy Outlook. The 2020 GCEO examines trends in upstream oil and gas activity, transportation infrastructure and bottlenecks, and downstream investments in refining and petrochemicals. Energy sector-specific employment forecasts are also provided.

David E. Dismukes, executive director and professor, LSU Center for Energy Studies; Dek Terrell, professor, LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business; and Gregory B. Upton, Jr., assistant professor, LSU Center for Energy Studies, authored the report.

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2020-21 Louisiana Economic Outlook Released
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LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Professor Emeritus of Economics Loren Scott unveiled the 2020-21 Louisiana Economic Outlook (LEO) at The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s annual Top 100 Luncheon, held Sept. 24, 2019.

The LEO shows job growth picking up over the next two years after a slow period in 2018-19 and estimates that the state will add 53,800 jobs over 2020-21, surpassing the 2 million-job mark annually for the first time in its history.

Greg Upton, assistant professor-research at the Center for Energy Studies, contributed to the LEO. Read the full press release.

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