Gov. John Bel Edwards' 'net zero' plan calls for dramatically reshaping Louisiana economy

Jan 11, 2022

Louisiana’s nearly final plan for reducing carbon emissions to “net zero” by 2050 focuses on “three pillars” - a dramatic shift to electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar; using that electricity to power the state’s huge industrial base; and requiring industries using high -intensity heat processes to switch from carbon-based fuels to hydrogen... In releasing the final version of the plan, state officials also addressed concerns raised by several task force members during a December meeting that the proposals would not bring the state to net zero by 2050, as required by Edwards’ 2020 executive order. Allison DeJong, a researcher with the Water Institute of the Gulf, which is in charge of modeling used to determine whether the plan will work, said the modeling was adjusted to take into account two segments of potential carbon reductions that are not captured by models. Read the full article here.