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Investments in Emissions Reduction Technology

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Investments in Emissions Reduction Technology

One of the state’s main electric suppliers is doing its part to curb existing emissions. Cleco Power announced in April that the company will invest $900 million to build a carbon capture facility at the largest of its nine electric generation units in Louisiana. (Cleco photo)

Louisiana’s Climate Action Plan supports both clean energy projects and major investments in innovative emission reduction technologies such as carbon capture, use and sequestration (CCUS).

CCUS is a process designed to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industry operations. Emissions are captured and recycled for use or permanently stored safely underground. This process is a crucial element of the push to reduce emissions from hard-to-decarbonize sectors.

“In Louisiana, we have the natural resources, the ingenuity, the geology, the people and the infrastructure to transform the power industry as we know it.”

- Bill Fontenot, President and CEO - Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC

During the past year, billions of investment dollars have been announced for carbon capture projects promising hundreds of new permanent jobs and thousands of construction jobs in Louisiana. That’s due in part to Louisiana having some of the best geology in the world for CCUS, along with a skilled workforce capable of constructing major projects and an existing network of  pipelines that have been safely operating in the U.S. for more than 50 years.