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.

CES comprises the following units:

Other units affiliated with CES:


What is Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage? LSU Faculty Explain ccus diagram

In response to numerous inquiries regarding the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and the 45Q tax credit, which incentivizes the use of carbon capture, utilization and storage, LSU faculty have collaborated on a brief document that describes the nature of CO2, defines utilization and storage, identifies risks involved in the process, and explains why the Gulf Coast region is being considered for CCUS.

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Dismukes Named IER Distinguished Fellow, Senior Economist

The Institute for Energy Research (IER) has named David Dismukes, Center for Energy Studies professor emeritus and former executive director, as Distinguished Fellow and Senior Economist. 

“David has had a distinguished career in academia having led the Center for Energy Studies at LSU,” said Thomas Pyle, IER president. “His expertise will contribute greatly to the policy discussion here in Washington on a more permanent basis.”

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La. Legislature Commends Center for Energy Studies on 40 years of Service

The Louisiana House of Representatives has commended the Center for Energy Studies at Louisiana State University for its 40 years of service to the state. House Resolution 42, submitted by Representative Jean-Paul Coussan, notes the creation of the Center in 1982 by the Louisiana Legislature. Housed at LSU since its inception, the Center “has for 40 years fulfilled its mission of providing energy information and analysis that responds to the needs of the legislature, public agencies, and business and civic groups.”

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Job Opportunity at Center for Energy Studies

The Center for Energy Studies seeks applicants for the position of Research Associate 1, 2, or 3. The RA will assist with data cleaning, maintenance, and updating of CES energy-related databases and spreadsheets; use software to create, edit, and analyze shapefiles and geodatabases; work collaboratively with other research members by conducting literature reviews, collecting and validating data, and performing analysis at the direction of faculty; and assist with Center outreach. 

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$30 billion estimated cost to plug and abandon inactive Gulf of Mexico oil and gas wells 

A recent paper in the journal Nature Energy estimates that the cost to plug and abandon the 14,000 unplugged, non-producing oil and gas wells in U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore waters, inland waters, and wetlands is $30 billion. Wells closer to shore, in shallower waters, make up 90 percent of inactive wells but account for only 25 percent of the total cost to plug and abandon. 

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