Posted February 1, 2019
The Future of Solar in Louisiana
An Analysis of the Technical and Economic Implications of Solar P.V. Growth on Louisiana’s
Economy and Electric Grid
Dr. Gregory B. Upton, Jr., Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University
Dr. Farzad Ferdowsi, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of
Dr. Amin Kargarian, Division of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Louisiana State
Dr. Shahab Mehraeen, Division of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Louisiana State
In June of 2016, the Louisiana Board of Regents provided support as part of its Industrial
Ties Research Subprogram (ITRS) to study how solar could be incorporated into the
electric grid and whether the incorporation of battery storage could enhance the scalability
of this resource in an economical way. Industry partner Southwestern Electric Power
Company (SWEPCO) also provided data and support including technical engineering data
on its distribution grid. This collaborative effort between the LSU Center for Energy
Studies, the Louisiana Board of Regents, and SWEPCO has resulted in a report that
assesses both the technical and economic implications of the solar industry in Louisiana.
The two-part report addresses the incorporation of solar PV from both an engineering
and economic perspective including:
- The degree to which solar growth can cause challenges to the distribution grid that
electric utilities are responsible for maintaining in order to provide safe, reliable
and affordable electricity to Louisiana’s residents.
- The economics of behind-the-meter solar in light of both reduced solar tax credits
and rate design changes.
View or download the report here.
Posted February 1, 2019
Mineral Revenues in Louisiana
Dr. James A. Richardson, LSU Public Administration Institute
Status Report Submitted to Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs and House
Committee on Ways and Means of the Louisiana Legislature
Dr. Greg Upton, LSU Center for Energy Studies
In the 2018 second extraordinary session, Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 4 was
passed asking Dr. Jim Richardson and Dr. Greg Upton to make specific recommendations
to the legislature regarding mineral taxes in Louisiana. The motivation for this request
was based on work conducted by the Task Force on Structural Change in Budget & Tax Policy and a recently published book chapter on the topic. SCR 4 can be found here.
The economists were asked to explore possible changes to the Louisiana mineral tax
structure and consider the following goals:
This document serves as the preliminary status report highlighting the work conducted
in the first year of a three-year study process.
- Preserve or improve the competitiveness of the oil and gas extraction sector in Louisiana.
- Decrease or remove the difference in tax rates for oil and gas.
- Create an equitable system of severance tax exemptions on all wells, not just horizontal
- Hold constant or increase mineral revenues for the state.
- Explore other reasons why oil and gas production is fluctuating in the state of Louisiana
and any changes that need to be made to increase production.
View or download the Status Report here.
Posted January19, 2019
The Center for Energy Studies is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic
The Center for Energy Studies is now accepting applications for its four scholarships
for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Application deadline: March 29, 2019.
LMOGA/Robert R. Brooksher Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor one of the original supporters of CES. The
purpose of the scholarship is to support the educational goals of LSU students interested
in energy-related fields, with a particular emphasis on energy policy related to the
oil and gas industry. The annual scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,000.
F. Malcolm Hood Memorial Scholarship
Established to honor one of the original supporters of CES, this scholarship supports
the educational goals of LSU students interested in energy-related fields, with a
particular emphasis on energy policy. Two scholarships are awarded in the amount of
David Olver Memorial Scholarship
A scholarship opportunity for LSU students interested in future careers in the electric
power industry, the David Olver Memorial Scholarship, financially supported by the
Gulf Coast Power Association emPOWERing Foundation, offers an annual award in the
amount of $2,500.
GCPA emPOWERing Women Scholarship
Provided by the Gulf Coast Power Association emPOWERing Foundation, the emPOWERing
Women Scholarship is intended for female LSU students interested in future careers
in the electric power industry. The annual award amount is $2,500.
NOTE: Final award amounts may vary and are subject to availability of funds.
See our Scholarship page for qualification requirements and to apply.