Brave New World: Getting ready for the inevitable energy transition

Jim Carlson, interim chancellor, River Parishes Community College. Photo by Don Kadar

Owners in the industrial space are no longer digging in their heels in resistance to a changing global energy dynamic. Instead, they are preparing for the inevitable “energy transition,” reports 10/12 Industry Report in its latest issue.

Along the way, they’re discovering real job-creating potential in a brave new environmentally conscious world.

In 2021, the Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge and nonpartisan think tank Energy Innovation launched the Louisiana Energy Policy Simulator, or EPS, to model how particular climate policies would not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but create jobs as well.

What they found was surprising. “We looked at the jobs creation potential from the strategies and actions proposed by Louisiana’s Climate Initiative Task Force and found that by 2050 there would be more than 165,000 in net new jobs created through the plan,” says Allison DeJong, senior planner at the Water Institute and project lead.

Academia is taking its own steps to proactively stay ahead of the jobs curve. Jim Carlson, interim chancellor at River Parishes Community College, says a $1.49 million Delta Regional Authority grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will be used expressly for renewable energy training. Read the entire story.