Distributed Energy Resources, Solar, Wind - February 7, 2023
Louisiana CAP: Solar, EV, Hydrogen Projects Launched
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force marked the first year of progress toward the goals of Louisiana’s Climate Action Plan including approvals for solar projects that will triple the amount of renewable energy generated in Louisiana from 1GW to 3GW and continued progress toward the first federal offshore wind lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico in mid-2023.
The state also approved over $21 billion in new and expanded industrial projects related to the manufacture of components in the electric vehicle supply chain, alternative fuels production, carbon capture and storage, clean ammonia production, and clean hydrogen production, the State’s National Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Plan that identifies locations for EV charging across Louisiana that will be supported by $73 million in federal grants over the next five years; and $43 million for electric school buses in five Louisiana school districts.
Louisiana approved $75 million in federal and state dollars for H2theFuture, a five-part effort spanning 25 partnering organizations to establish a comprehensive clean hydrogen energy hub in Louisiana.
Details were provided in its 2023 Annual Report.
“Louisiana is building a pathway to a better future for our people and our economy by pursuing projects and programs that advance our Climate Action Plan,” said Governor Edwards in a statement. “By taking a leadership role in addressing climate change, Louisiana attracts billions of dollars in private investment in climate-conscious economic development and becomes more competitive for billions in federal dollars from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.”