Thanks to the presence of the Haynesville Shale and extensive oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico, the Bayou State is a land of fossil fuel. In 2022, Louisiana produced ~10% of total marketed gas in the U.S. and its 15 oil refineries were busy processing ~2.9 million barrels of crude oil per day. All of these industrial plants & refineries ensure that Louisiana is the highest in the nation for per capita energy consumption. However, there are changes in progress. The state released a Climate Action Plan in 2022 and companies are beginning to invest in carbon storage sites, clean hydrogen, and off-shore wind farms.
You can explore the ins & outs of these issues by earning an energy degree or certificate from a Louisiana school in our listings. Before you make your decision, be sure to check out the research being done at ULL’s Energy Institute of Louisiana and LSU’s Center for Energy Studies (CES). This will give you a sense of the state’s energy priorities. Aspiring energy engineers may also wish to investigate the energy centers & labs affiliated with ULL’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.