In an executive order in August, Lousiana Governor John Bel Edwards rolled out a net-zero plan for the state to follow and fulfill over the next 3 decades. Emissions are intended to be reduced by 26-28% by 2025, 40-50% by 2030, and completely net-zero by 2050.
A second executive order was signed the same day, which is meant to improve the state’s response and capabilities toward climate change. Both orders are aligned with the ongoing concern about the state’s sea level rise.
According to Gov. Edwards in a recent Utility Dive article,
“Louisiana is at the crossroads of the energy industries … With significant economic declines in the oil and gas sector, having a transition to solar, wind and other renewable resources is going to be important for Louisiana to create new jobs and retain the skilled workforce they have already.”
The Bayou State also intends to enable more “low-cost renewable energy generation” which will reduce the cost of electricity if older power plants are replaced greener options.