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Announcing Energy Summit™ 2019 Oct. 23

Join us Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
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Dismukes: Reforming Outdated Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) Will Protect Utility Ratepayers purpa report cover

David E. Dismukes,  CES professor and executive director, recently published new research recommending the immediate reform of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA, a piece of federal legislation adopted during the energy crises of the 1970s and early 1980s.  Dismukes’ research finds that PURPA’s overly-generous and unnecessary “buy-back” provisions have led to the development of around 70,000 megawatts (MW) of excessive renewable generation capacity equivalent to over $100 billion in new capital investment that is being paid for by retail utility ratepayers.

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.Netl logo

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.

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