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Modeling Tool to Evaluate Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Policies Now Available to the Public

The new Louisiana Energy Policy Simulator will be used by the Governor's Climate Initiatives Task Force to evaluate the most effective recommendations for achieving Louisiana’s climate goals

Nov 3, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. (Nov. 3, 2021) – A new tool, the Energy Policy Simulator (EPS), developed by the non-partisan think tank Energy Innovation, LLC, in collaboration with RMI and The Water Institute of the Gulf (The Water Institute), allows people to estimate energy policy impacts through 2050 and consider how policies interact with one another. This tool, now available to the public, is similar to EPS models developed for more than a dozen countries and several subnational regions including California, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, and Virginia.

“This modeling tool adds to the sound data and science that the Task Force is using to evaluate the potential impact of greenhouse gas reduction policies,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “It is also important that the public has access to the same tools as the decision makers so that they too can appreciate the difficult, necessary, and transformational decisions the Task Force is grappling with.”

The Louisiana EPS will be used by the Climate Initiatives Task Force to evaluate the most effective recommendations for achieving Louisiana’s climate goals while expanding the economy and protecting Louisianans from the worst impacts of climate change.

“The Louisiana EPS has already provided valuable insights to the Task Force and planning team about how to revise and improve the draft set of climate strategies and actions for greater impact. Analyses modeled in the tool have served as a strong foundation for the Task Force to understand potential consequences, tradeoffs, and priorities to consider and balance moving forward,” said Allison DeJong, planner and policy researcher at The Water Institute.

The EPS was used to help evaluate the Draft Climate Strategy and Action Portfolio released by the Task Force in August and those results informed the deliberations of the Task Force’s meeting on Oct. 26. The EPS analysis of this portfolio, prepared by The Water Institute, showed that the potential implementation of the draft portfolio could produce a net gain of 165,000 jobs by 2050, reduced premature deaths by 1,800 each year, and avoided 55,000 asthma attacks per year while reducing Louisiana’s greenhouse gas emissions by 169 million metric tons.

The EPS tool is now also available to the public, allowing any user to select greenhouse gas reduction policies and determine their impacts within a tool built to reflect the Louisiana context and data.

Also available today is the 2021 Louisiana Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update, prepared by the LSU Center for Energy Studies. This inventory utilizes the EPA State Inventory Tool and offers detailed information across all emissions sectors. Together the EPS tool and the Inventory show the magnitude of the state’s emissions challenges alongside the numerous opportunities that exist to drive down statewide emissions under different scenarios.

“We created this technology-neutral tool to empower policymakers across the U.S. to make informed choices about energy policy,” said Energy Innovation’s Senior Director of Energy Policy Design, Robbie Orvis. “What the modeling projects for Louisiana is what we are already seeing play out in other states and countries - new investments in clean energy and more efficient industrial processes not only grow the economy and create jobs, but protect public health.”

The Task Force will review the final Draft Portfolio in December, when it will be released to the public for comment. The final plan will be delivered to Governor Edwards by February 2022.

About The Water Institute of the Gulf

The Water Institute of the Gulf is an independent, non-profit, applied research institution advancing science and developing integrated methods to solve complex environmental and societal challenges. We believe in and strive for more resilient and equitable communities, sustainable environments, and thriving economies. For more information, visit

About Energy Innovation LLC

Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology is a non-partisan energy and climate policy think tank. We provide customized research and policy analysis to decision-makers and thought leaders to support policy design that reduces emissions at the speed and scale required for a safe climate future.

About RMI

RMI is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization of experts across disciplines working to accelerate the clean energy transition and improve lives. RMI decarbonizes energy systems through rapid, market-based change in the world’s most critical geographies to align with a 1.5°C future and address the climate crisis.

About The Climate Initiatives Task Force

Governor John Bel Edwards established the Climate Initiatives Task Force to investigate and make recommendations for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions originating in Louisiana to achieve the stated goals of reducing net GHG emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, 40 to 50 percent by 2030, and reaching net-zero by 2050 in order to improve the health and welfare of the people of Louisiana and advance Louisiana’s economic and energy profile.