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Offshore Oil and Gas Activity Impacts on Ecosystem Services in the Gulf of Mexico

The project will estimate the impacts of the offshore oil and gas industry on three critical ecosystem services: commercial fishing, recreation, and storm surge.

Integrating Storage into Rooftop Solar: An Economics and Engineering Approach

This project has two major components: an engineering component and an economics component.

Update to BOEM GOM Fact Book Data and Analysis

This study builds on two previous GOM Infrastructure Fact Books completed in 2004 and 2011...

Combined Heat and Power in Louisiana: Opportunities for Improving Resiliency, Emissions Compliance Requirements and Efficiency

The objectives of this study are to update prior work assessing the current state of the CHP industry...

Success with 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for Louisiana

This project will provide training and assistance with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance Building Energy Codes Program.

 Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage in the Louisiana Chemical Corridor

This project will study the feasibility of industrial carbon capture and storage along the Louisiana Chemical Corridor.

A Survey of State Sponsored Oil Spill Research Relevant to the Regulation of Offshore Oil and Gas Development

The project is intended to organize the grants and studies produced by the oil spill programs administered by the states of Louisiana and Texas...

Empirical Analysis of the OCS Pipeline Network in the Gulf of Mexico

Offshore pipelines serve a critical role in linking offshore oil and gas production with onshore demand centers. The pipeline network in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is the largest and most complex offshore pipeline system in the world.

Economic Impacts Associated with Shell’s Potential Gas-to-Liquids Project

The purpose of this study is to provide an economic impact analysis associated with the potential development of a Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) plant in Louisiana.  The analysis will not be limited to simply traditional economic impact measures but highlight the broader economic contributions made by the project that includes leveraging existing in-state and regional natural gas production and supporting energy infrastructure.

Industry Development and Capital Investment Issues and Energy Savings Benefits Created by Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

The study focuses primarily on the benefits created to specific Louisiana industries; and to a lesser extent, the broader impacts on Gulf coast industry outside of the state; it draws inferences and cites additional benefits created across the U.S. in terms of the industrial development benefits being generated by unconventional natural gas resources.

Removing Big Wind’s “Training Wheels”: The Case for Ending the Federal Production Tax Credit

The federal wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), first enacted in 1992 to "jump start" a nascent, but promising industry, provides wind producers with a subsidy of $22 per megawatt hour of electricity generated.  The PTC has been extended seven times, but is scheduled to expire under
current law on December 31, 2012.

Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition Program Support

The objective is to support the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program by reducing petroleum consumption and improving air quality in the five-parish non-attainment area (Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, and West Baton Rouge Parishes).

The Benefits of Continued and Expanded Investments in the Port of Venice

The project evaluates the impact of investment in the Port of Venice on Louisiana's offshore oil and gas industry.

Louisiana and Mississippi Green Jobs Research.

This project provides support for the Louisiana Workforce Commission's (LWC) Occupational Forecasting project.  The project will identify key employers, industry groups, and trade associations that are focused on developing green industries and increasing the number of green jobs.

Geographic Units for Socioeconomic Impact Analysis in the Gulf of Mexico Region

This study will use industrial cluster analysis, regional input/output analysis and modeling, and geographic information systems in an interdisciplinary effort to identify geographic areas.

Preparing Louisiana for the Possible Federal Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

The purpose of this project is to help prepare Louisiana for the possible federal regulation of greenhouse gases (GHG) and to assure that the state's economic competitiveness is not compromised and that economic development opportunities are recognized.

The Offshore Drilling Industry and Rig Construction Market in the Gulf of Mexico

The purpose of this proposal is to examine the offshore drilling industry and rig construction markets, and to investigate targeted issues relevant to the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).

OCS Studies Review: (1) Geographical Units for Observing and Modeling Socioeconomic Impact of Offshore Activity;

The OCS of Louisiana and Texas remains a major supplier of domestic oil and gas, and it holds the potential for new supplies of energy, through imported LNG, wind and ocean energy, and natural gas hydrates.

State and Local-Level Fiscal Effects of the Offshore Petroleum Industry

The primary purpose of this study is to provide a detailed description of the various fiscal effects, while the secondary goal is to actually estimate the magnitude of these effects.

Forecasting Service Vessel and Helicopter Trips Related to OCS Development

The purpose of this proposal is to expand and update the current MMS descriptions related to service vessel and helicopter trips......

A Review and Update of Supplemental Bonding Requirements in the Gulf of Mexico

The purpose of this study is to update and refine the MMS bonding algorithm; describe the purpose, requirements, constraints and limitations of bonding mechanisms; and to develop alternative risk-adjusted bonding formulas for MMS review.

Structural Shifts and Concentration of Regional Economic Activity Supporting GOM Offshore Oil and Gas Activities

The purpose of this research will be to conduct a comprehensive examination of the concentration and industry-related changes in oil and gas related employment in Louisiana with a special emphasis in the relative regional changes between various Louisiana municipal areas.

Determining the Economic Value of Coastal Preservation and Restoration on Critical Energy Infrastructure

The leading question in this review is: to what extent do coastal restoration activities benefit energy infrastructure and is there any way to value this potential benefit?

Diversifying Energy Supply Investments in Post Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico

The purpose of this study is to provide an empirical assessment of marginal and lost production in the GOM and to inform policy makers of the role of marginal production through a comprehensive economic, environmental, and regulatory analysis.

Diversifying Energy Industry Risk in the Gulf of Mexico

This project proposes to investigate how the energy industry diversifies its risk exposure in general in the GOM, with a particular emphasis on insurance-related issues.

An Intra-University Workshop on Characterizing Cumulative Socioeconomic Effects of Offshore Oil and Gas Development

The focus of the study is now the effects of offshore development on the recreation and tourism sectors of coastal regions and communities.

Ultra Deepwater Road Mapping Process

Coordination of deepwater oil and gas exploration activities of LSU for pending proposal with Texas A&M University and other RPSEA partners.

Examination of the Development of Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities in the Gulf of Mexico

Project examined the nature of LNG facility development in the Gulf of Mexico region and the impact that these facilities could have on the regional economy of the Gulf.

Assessment of Opportunities for Alternative Uses of Hydrocarbon Infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico

This project is to examine four (4) alternative uses of offshore structures in the Gulf of Mexico Region: artificial reefs, wind power, mariculture, and geologic sequestration/enhanced recovery.

Factors Affecting Global Petroleum Exploration and Development and Impacts on the Attractiveness and Prospectivity of the.......

This study examines resource growth, technical discovery success, and exploration efficiency to assess the attractiveness and prospectivity of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico deepwater and the deep shelf.

A Collaborative Investigation of Baseline and Scenario Information for Environmental Impact Statements

This three year project will assist the MMS in developing baseline and scenario information that is regularly used in the development of Environmental Impact Statements as required under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).

Post Hurricane Assessment of OCS-Related Infrastructure and Communities in the Gulf of Mexico Region

This project will update the information from the earlier study, so that the most current, up-to-date information about OCS-related infrastructure in the region will be available for Federal and State decision-makers.

Understanding Current and Projected Gulf OCS Labor and Port Infrastructure Needs

This project is comprised of two parts: a labor needs analysis and ports infrastructure needs analysis.

A Comprehensive History of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry in Louisiana and its Consequences

The focus of this project is on Louisiana's petroleum industry from the coastal zone into the Gulf of Mexico and into ever-deeper waters.

Basin Analysis and Petroleum System Characterization and Modeling, Interior Salt Basins, Central and Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Information from the research has provided an advanced approach for targeting geologic "traps" where oil and natural gas may have collected.

Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) Louisiana sector of the Gulf Coast Region

Continued activities by the PTTC/Gulf Coast Region's Louisiana sector will be supported by a yearly DOE/AAPG budget of approximately $39,000.The Center for Energy Studies (CES) at LSU will continue to serve as the Regional Lead Organization (RLO) for Louisiana and the PI will be Wumi Iledare, the Director of the project.