SLEC Joins in Securing Historic Grant from U.S. National Science Foundation to Fuel Louisiana’s Energy Future

In a landmark development for Louisiana’s energy sector, the South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC), in collaboration with key partners, has been awarded the largest grant ever by the U.S. National Science Foundation. This grant is for the Future Use of Energy in Louisiana (FUEL) — a pioneering initiative aimed at transforming Louisiana’s energy management and sustainability practices.

FUEL aims to revolutionize the energy landscape in Louisiana through use-inspired research and development, workforce development, and technology commercialization. This initiative is a testament to Louisiana’s commitment to sustainable energy solutions and economic development.

“This partnership and grant award from the National Science Foundation marks a pivotal moment for energy innovation in Louisiana. Through FUEL, we are looking at the future of energy to include emerging technologies for reducing carbon emissions and opportunities for new energy resources that will benefit our regional economy and workforce,” said Vic Lafont, SLEC President/CEO

FUEL unites a diverse group including private energy corporations, educational institutions, and state bodies. This collaboration is dedicated to advancing technology and workforce skills in support of Louisiana’s energy sector. FUEL’s agenda includes tackling emerging challenges in carbon capture and storage, hydrogen energy, converting CO2 into low-carbon fuels, water management, sustainable manufacturing, and policy formulation.

Through Louisiana Economic Development, the state will also contribute to the project and its projected broad economic impacts with an additional $67.5 million over the next decade. This will include funds to help the higher education partners build a world-class team to convert research into practical and useful solutions.

This initiative aims to position Louisiana as a leader in the global energy transition, emphasizing inclusive, impactful development in both talent and technology.

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