Louisiana

Louisiana has not made significant progress on climate action, although coastal resilience has been a major priority due to the state’s extreme vulnerability to climate impacts.

Legislative Profile

Governor: John Bel Edwards (D)

House: Republican majority

Senate: Republican majority

U.S. Climate Alliance Member

Key Resources

Louisiana State Energy Profile — U.S. EIA
Climate Change Portal – Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force
Louisiana Legal Profile — Lawyers for Good Government
Louisiana Energy Policy Simulator — Energy Innovation and RMI

Emissions Reduction Targets

By 2025:

26-28%

By 2030:

40-50%

By 2050:

Net-zero

All targets relative to 2005 levels

2019 GHG Emissions By Sector (%)

  • Commercial
  • Electric
  • Residential
  • Industrial
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture
Source: EPA State Inventory Tool (SIT)

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Climate Governance & Equity

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Climate Governance

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Emissions Reduction Target

26-28% by 2025 | 40-50% by 2030 | Net-zero by 2050 Relative to 1990 levels

Mandate Source

Voluntary – Executive Order JBE 2020-18 (2020)

Climate Action Plan

Louisiana Climate Action Plan (2022)

Plan Status

Finalized

Climate Bureaucracy

Interagency Commissions/Task Forces

Non-Governmental Advisory Bodies

Climate Initiatives Task Force

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

2000-2018 GHG Inventory (October 2021)

Mandate Source

Executive Order JBE 2020-18 (2020)

Green Bank

Lead by Example

ACEEE Score – 1.5 out of 2 points**

**The ACEEE Energy Efficiency Scorecard analyzes the policies and programs states adopt to save energy in public sector buildings and transportation fleets. States can earn up to 2 points.

Equity

Environmental Justice Community Designation

State EJ Mapping Tools

EJ Community Benefit Requirement

EJ Bureaucracy

Adaptation & Resilience

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Governance and Planning

Governance Structures

Office Designation

Executive Order JBE 2020-19 (2020) – Creates a Chief Resilience Officer position and requires all state agencies to appoint a “resilience coordinator”

Task Forces/Advisory Groups

Cabinet Commissions and Committees

Adaptation and Resilience Plans/Frameworks

Action Plans

Coastal Master Plan (2017)

Assessments

Executive Order JBE 2020-19 (2020) – Requires state agencies to complete vulnerability assessments

Frameworks

Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) (2018)

Climate Hazard Mitigation Plans

Solutions and Funding

Building Codes, Land Use, and Zoning

Built/Hard Infrastructure

Act 339/HB573 (2018) – Revises provisions relating to integrated coastal protection projects

Grid Resilience Measures

Act 293/SB223 (2021) – Financing utility storm repairs and strengthening and stabilizing utilities

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

State Funding

Electricity

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Renewables and Energy Storage

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Distributed Generation/Solar Carve-out

SPOT Components – 0 out of 5*

Net Metering

SPOT Components – 1 out of 11*

Energy Storage Standard

SPOT Components – 1 out of 5*

Shared Renewables

SPOT Components – 0 out of 6*

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Grid and Utility Reform

Clean Energy Plan

Grid Modernization Plan

The GridWise Alliance’s Grid Modernization Index (GMI) evaluates and ranks the status of grid modernization efforts across all 50 states and D.C.

50-state Ranking – 32nd

Interconnection Standards

SPOT Components – 2 out of 6*

Utility Green Power Option

SPOT Components – 1 out of 6*

New Utility Business Model Proceeding

SPOT Components – 0 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buildings & Efficiency

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Building Energy Codes

Residential Codes

SPOT Components – 4 out of 6*

Statewide code – 2009 IECC

Commercial Codes

SPOT Components – 3 out of 6*

Statewide code – ASHRAE 90.1 2007

Stretch or Reach Codes

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Efficiency Programs and Incentives

Weatherization Programs

SPOT Components – 1 out of 4*

Energy Auditing Programs

Retrocommissioning Programs

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

SPOT Components – 0 out of 10*

Energy Savings Performance Contracting

SPOT Components – 4 out of 5*

Standards and Market Mechanisms

Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

SPOT Components – 0 out of 5*

Building Performance Standard (BPS)

Appliance Performance Standard (APS)

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buildings Data Disclosure

Transportation

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Vehicle Standards and Incentives

Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) Standards

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandates

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle (MHDVs) Sales Standards

Electric Vehicle Incentives

SPOT Components – 2 out of 5*

Charging Infrastructure Incentives

SPOT Components – 3 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

State Planning and Investment

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Decarbonization Plan

EV and EV Charging Infrastructure Plans

EV Transit Bus Deployment

The ACEEE Transportation Electrification Scorecard analyzes the level of investment and policies states adopt to procure electric transit buses. States can earn up to 6 points.

ACEEE Score – 1 out of 6 points

Bicycle Friendly State

The League of American Bicyclists’ State Report Cards evaluate and rank the safety and efficiency of active transportation systems across all 50 states.

50-state Ranking – 33rd

Agriculture

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Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture Governance

Financial Incentives

SB 205 (2022) – Authorizes soil and water conservation districts to provide financial assistance for practices that improve soil health

Technical Assistance and Education Programs

Food Waste Bans and Targets

Industry, Materials, and Waste Management

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Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Regulations

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buy Clean Requirements

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Last Updated June 2022