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Study Examines Role of Diesel Fuel Taxes in Freight Trucking Collision Externalitiesfreight trucks

In a paper recently published in the journal Regional Science and Urban Economics, CES Assistant Professor Cody Nehiba investigates how diesel fuel taxes for freight trucking may be contributing to traffic accidents, one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.

Although any vehicle entering the roadway will increase the risk of accidents for other road users, freight trucks disproportionately generate these costs due to their high mileage and weight. Freight trucks can also jointly determine their mileage and weight---shipping firms are known to minimize fuel costs by reducing the number of shipments they make while simultaneously increasing the cargo on each shipment when fuel prices rise. Nehiba examines how truck weights and truck miles traveled affect truck-involved collisions to determine if increasing the federal diesel fuel tax---which leads to fewer but heavier trucks on the road---provides benefits for society. 

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LSU Center for Energy Studies Releases Transportation, Energy Policy Report

cover of transportation reportLouisiana’s highway system consistently ranks poorly in traffic congestion, air pollution, accidents, and road conditions. Cities are burdened with immense levels of congestion relative to their size and population. The state experiences above-average traffic fatalities per vehicle mile traveled: Almost 800 lives were lost in collisions in the state in 2018. The pavement quality within the state is among the worst in the nation, and air pollution, while improving, is still a cause for concern.

In a new white paper, LSU Center for Energy Studies Assistant Professor Cody Nehiba examines the status of Louisiana’s transportation system and transportation energy policies. He develops policy recommendations for improving Louisiana's transportation network that align the private costs of driving with the full social costs of driving, which include the costs of pollution, congestion, accidents, and road damage.

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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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