Louisiana is a fossil fuel powerhouse, with a litany of oil refineries, pipelines, and offshore drilling platforms off its coast in the Gulf of Mexico.1
But all of that industrial infrastructure also makes Louisiana a major consumer of energy, which has spurred the state to start supporting renewables. And recent environmental disasters, like the BP oil spill and the loss of thousands of miles of Louisiana’s coast to rising sea levels,2
have also made the state keenly aware of the perils of carbon-intensive energy.
Louisiana added 10 megawatts of solar energy in the first half of 2014 on the strength of a supportive net-metering policy and pro-solar tax credits.3
This rapid growth has made Louisiana one of the hottest solar markets in the U.S. The state also boasts a strong bioenergy industry with some of the highest biomass potential in the U.S.4
That potential is paying off: NFR BioEnergy recently announced a $312 million investment in 10 new biorefineries across the state.5
The refineries will support 450 direct jobs at annual salaries averaging $54,000.
Learn more about energy in Louisiana with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States