News & Events
December 19, 2018
Gulf Coast Energy Outlook 2019 Now Available

On November 16, the Center for Energy Studies, with the E. J. Ourso College of Business, launched the second annual Gulf Coast Energy Outlook (GCEO) report, a collaborative effort by David Dismukes, CES professor and executive director, Greg Upton, CES assistant professor, and Dek Terrell, LSU Economics & Policy Research Group director. The report was introduced at a kickoff event at which the researchers presented their findings.

The GCEO provides a broad overview of the current status and trends guiding energy markets with an emphasis on the Gulf Coast and reports on upstream oil and gas production, downstream refining and petrochemicals, as well as the contribution of the energy sector to the broader Gulf Coast economy. The report also includes forecasts of future employment in relevant energy sectors.
   
GCEO analyses predict gains in the energy sector for 2019, but due to economic and trade concerns, slower growth. Domestic crude oil and natural gas production is expected to remain strong, with regional employment in both upstream and downstream sectors predicted to grow.
 
 
GCEO authors Professors David Dismukes, Greg Upton, and Dek Terrell presented their findings at the kickoff event Nov. 16.
Industry representatives, faculty, staff, students, and media attended the GCEO kickoff event Nov. 16.
CES Adding to Research Faculty 
 
The Center is currently recruiting for two new faculty members at the Assistant Professor level. The current goal is to hire one faculty member from an engineering or environmental sciences field and a second in business or some other social science discipline. To date, the Center has received more than 150 applicants for both faculty positions. Initial phone interviews have been held with some candidates, and others will be interviewed in January at the Allied Social Science Association conference in Atlanta.   
 
The Center anticipates bringing as many as six candidates (three for each faculty position) sometime in January and February for on-site interviews. The goal is to extend employment offers on both faculty positions by the end of February. The candidates that accept these employment offers will likely start in the Fall 2019 semester.  

Overall, the goal is to hire two new faculty members starting in 2019, with an additional two faculty hires in 2020. If successful, this hiring initiative will bring the Center up to a full complement of seven permanent faculty members. 
Energy Summit Features Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Chairman 
   
Federal Reserve Bank President and CEO Raphael Bostic talks with CES Executive Director and Professor David Dismukes at the 2018 Energy Summit on Oct. 24.  
The Center hosted its annual Energy Summit on October 24, premiering a new half-day, afternoon format that proved popular with attendees. The program began with a wide-ranging conversation between special guest speaker Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President and CEO Dr. Raphael Bostic and CES Executive Director and Professor David Dismukes.  
 
Bostic described how his team of regional executives in the Sixth Federal Reserve District communicate with business and industry representatives so that he is equipped with relevant information with which to deliberate policy. In terms of the regional economy, he cited a lack of workers and wage stagnation as areas of concern but said the overall economic outlook was strong.  

Later in the day, James Lucier of Capital Alpha Partners provided a Washington, D.C., perspective on energy and federal trade policies. The outlook for offshore oil and gas development, including new discoveries in the Gulf, was given by Steve Conner, operations general manager for the Gulf of Mexico, Chevron North America. University of Tulsa Professor Ron Ripple discussed the role of the U.S. and Louisiana in international liquefied natural gas-based natural gas trade. And Shale Magazine editor David Blackmon gave an overview of U.S. crude oil export trends.
 
CES Part of NSF Gulf Coast Manufacturing Resiliency Center Award

The Center for Energy Study is part of a team led by Texas A&M University that was recently awarded a National Science Foundation planning grant to establish an Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Resiliency Enhancement and Disaster-Impact Interception (READII). The new center will address the critical need for examining the Gulf Coast's manufacturing sector and its supply chains to become more resilient to natural disasters, specifically hurricanes and floods.

David Dismukes, CES executive director, and a professor in the College of the Coast and Environment, will be part of this multidisciplinary team that includes representatives from institutions along the Gulf Coast who will provide expertise in system integration, disaster mitigation, economics, infrastructure, supply chain, system modeling, and optimization. Participants include the TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center at Texas A&M University. In addition to LSU and Texas A&M, participating universities include the University of Texas at Austin, Mississippi State University, Tuskegee University in Alabama, and Florida Atlantic University.

The ERC READII will address a number of key critical topics including the impact of natural disasters on manufacturing facilities and their respective supply chains, the root causes of manufacturing vulnerabilities, estimating the dynamic relationships between manufacturing industries and their local communities, and identifying novel and proactive strategies and decision tools to facilitate manufacturing resiliency.

"The resiliency of the manufacturing sector along the Gulf Coast is becoming more important as the industry expands with billions in new investments," said Dismukes. "This NSF award represents an excellent opportunity for CES to leverage over a decade's worth of research on the role of critical energy infrastructure in this manufacturing resiliency process."
A panel of experts take questions at the Baton Rouge Flood Symposium Aug. 13.
LGS, BRGS Host Baton Rouge Flood Symposium

On Monday, August 13, the Louisiana Geological Survey, with co-sponsor Baton Rouge Geological Society, presented a symposium on the August 2016 flood that devastated much of the Baton Rouge area. The well-attended event featured presentations by geologists, meteorologists, engineers, a hydrologist and an economist and included a group panel discussion and a public Q&A session. John E. Johnston III of the Louisiana Geological Survey served as symposium chair.

Central topics included the need for better weather forecasting models, more accurate weather warning terminology, concerns about development within known floodplains, the changing size and locations of floodplains, and new tools for carrying out evacuation and relief efforts.
 
FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS 
Dismukes Named to National Petroleum Council Committee on CCUS
 
In November, CES Executive Director David Dismukes was named to the National Petroleum Council's (NPC's) Committee on Carbon Capture, Use, and Storage (CCUS). CCUS is a process that captures carbon-dioxide emissions from sources such as coal-fired power plants to prevent it from entering Earth's atmosphere. Former BP America Inc. Chairman and President John C. Mingé chairs the committee, with Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette serving as government co-chair.

The committee's goal is to oversee CCUS's integration into the energy marketplace, specifically the petroleum industry, in an effort to meet the goal of reducing worldwide carbon emissions. Dismukes attended his first meeting of the CCUS Committee during a meeting of the NPC in Washington in early December.
Upton Contributes Chapter in La. Tax System Text

Assistant Professor Greg Upton contributed the chapter "Mineral Revenues" in the recently published book Exploring Long-Term Solutions for Louisiana's Tax System, by LSU Professor James Richardson, Tulane Economics Professors Steven M. Sheffrin and James Alm.

The book focuses on the economic status of the state, outlines its current tax structure and provides recommendations for reforming the state's use of sales tax, how its income tax is applied, and corporate and mineral revenue taxation.

Kaiser, Narra Coauthor Recent Publications

Earlier this year, CES Professor Mark Kaiser and Research Associate Sid Narra published "U.S. Gulf of Mexico pipeline activity statistics, trends and correlations" in Ships and Offshore Structures, 14(1): 1-22. The paper describes pipeline installation and decommissioning activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico circa 2016 and discusses active and out-of-service inventory trends.

Kaiser and Narra also published "A hybrid scenario-based decommissioning forecast for the shallow water U.S. Gulf of Mexico, 2018-2038" in Energy, 163(November): 1150-1177. The paper presents a model framework to estimate decommissioning activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in water depth of less than 400 feet, a challenging problem due to the sheer number of structures, as well as their diverse types and uses.

Dismukes Facilitates MISO Regulators Meeting in NOLA

On December 11, CES Executive Director David Dismukes facilitated a meeting of public service commissioners from several states within the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) footprint. The senior level, policymaker-only meeting included a robust discussion about the long-term vision for the transmission grid serving the central portion of North America. Some of the detailed topics discussed in the meeting included accommodating future load growth, how to address expansive renewable energy development, and maximizing transmission grid benefits.
Radiation Safety News
 
Along with developing and implementing policies and procedures to protect LSU researchers who use radioactive materials, Radiation Safety Office (RSO) faculty and staff participate in numerous research, teaching and clinical activities throughout the year. Their work and honors from  this past summer and fall include the following:

Wei-Hsung Wang, RSO director and Center for Energy Studies professor, was appointed Chair of the Health Physics Society's Academic Education Committee. The committee works to assure that the quality and number of people entering the health physics profession meet the projected demand and also maintains the Health Physics Academic Education Resource Information website, where the education institution listing as well as other related information are provided. His term ends in July, 2022.
RSO Radiation Specialist Amin M. Hamideh presents at the Health Physics Society annual meeting in July.

In July, Amin M. Hamideh, radiation specialist, gave an oral presentation on "Using Ba-133 as a calibration surrogate for simulation of gaseous I-131 in a silver zeolite cartridge" at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society in Cleveland, Ohio. The goal of the research project is to evaluate the calibration protocols for airborne radioactivity released during nuclear incidents. The study was co-investigated by Charles A. Wilson IV and Wei-Hsung Wang.

Also in July, Wang gave a lecture on "Radiation Awareness for Hospital Clinicians" at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for the LSU Health Sciences Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Baton Rouge. More than 40 emergency physicians attended the event.
 
In October, Hamideh and Wang presented "Investigation of counting variations for point and planar radioactive sources inside a silver zeolite cartridge" at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Air Monitoring Users Group in Las Vegas.

Hamideh, Wang, and Charlie Wilson, radiation safety officer with the LSU Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, coauthored the paper "Visualizing high-order decay after disequilibria," with Katherine R. Hendrickson and KennethL. Matthews II. The paper was published in the December 2018 issue of Health Physics, Volume 115.
Upton on LPB News Program

In November, Assistant Professor Greg Upton was interviewed by Louisiana Public Broadcasting for its news program Louisiana the State We're In for a segment on the changing roles of the state's upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors. Upton explains why the upstream has fallen off while downstream has thrived and addresses the issue of employment as it relates to the activity in the downstream sector as well as energy exports, which open up the market to volatility.

Goddard Publishes Memoir on Early Career in Venezuela

Don Goddard, retired CES associate professor and former director of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, recently published a memoir recounting the early days of his career as a geologist in his native Venezuela. In the book, titled Exploring for Minerals and Oil among Gentlemen and Scoundrels, Goddard describes encounters with corrupt government officials, as well as memorable coworkers and colorful locals who worked as guides and hosts in Venezuela's jungles and mountains.

Goddard said the book, which he wrote under the pseudonym "Alan Irureta," "explains how corrupt politicians from the 1950s up until 2018 are responsible for the destruction of the country's social and economic well-being and especially of its once flourishing oil industry."  

UPCOMING EVENTS
Mark your calendar

Spring 2019 in the Rotunda: Two events hosted by Louisiana Geological Survey

April 15 &16 - Louisiana Water Conference: A gathering of scientists specializing in hydrology, water chemistry, hydraulic modeling, sediments, and more.

April 17 & 18 - Louisiana Oil and Gas Symposium 2019: A symposium examining the state of the Louisiana oil and gas industry, its economics, and its future.

Scholarships Available for 2019-2020 
 
The Center for Energy Studies is now accepting applications for its four energy-related scholarships for LSU students for the 2019-2020 academic year.  
 
The application deadline is March 29, 2019. 
 


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