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Clean & Green Fuels

Responding to the Charge of Sustainability

Dedicated to Innovation and Environmental Stewardship

Cleco’s clean and green fuels industry presents an enticing opportunity for those seeking a sustainable venture in a region committed to environmental stewardship. With a robust infrastructure and favorable regulatory environment, the region has positioned itself as a global leader in emission reduction initiatives. 

Bolstering the sector’s growth potential is the state’s wealth of natural resources, clean energy fuels, renewable energy incentives, and several colleges and universities with high-level sustainable energy programs.

Fast Facts
$1.8 Billion Green Methanol Production Facility Planned by SunGas Renewables Inc. in central Louisiana. Cleco Power, 2023
#11 State For successfully growing and doing business Area Development, 2023
$70 Million Renewable Fuel Plant Planned by Delta Biofuel in Iberia Parish State of Louisiana, 2021
4,200-Panel Solar Energy Field Across six acres at University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2022
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Clean & Green Resources

  • The Cleco service territory is rapidly becoming a hub for clean and green energy talent, with 24 colleges and universities offering thousands of industry-honed degrees in areas such as clean energy. In 2024, Louisiana State University spearheaded a collaborative effort with education, industry, government, and community partners to secure the largest and most competitive grant ever from the National Science Foundation. This grant will be instrumental in furthering the region’s clean energy technology and growing the Cleco service territory’s capacity for new renewable energy jobs, potentially doubling the workforce by 2050. Additionally, Tulane University’s Masters of Management in Energy boasts an impressive 93% job transfer rate, while the University of Louisiana at Lafayette houses the Solar Energy Lab, the largest outdoor solar testing facility in the Southeastern U.S.

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  • Louisiana offers robust energy incentives to support the operations of clean energy companies in the state. Programs such as the Industrial Tax Exemption Program, Enterprise Zone Tax Credit and the Quality Jobs Program streamline processes and reduce costs, making it easier for these companies to thrive. Moreover, Louisiana’s LED FastStart, ranked as the nation’s top workforce training program, provides qualifying energy firms with tailored, cost-free training solutions. These incentives, coupled with a supportive regulatory environment, position the Cleco service territory as a prime destination for clean energy investment and growth.

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  • Several initiatives aimed at bolstering the clean energy industry are being spearheaded in the Cleco service territory. Project Diamond Vault, funded by a substantial $9 million congressional investment, is a prime example. This project focuses on replacing coal-fired generation units with a carbon sequestration process, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sustainably by 60% by 2030, with the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. 

    Additionally, through 25 public-private partnerships involving research facilities, local universities, and businesses, H2theFuture is actively developing a hydrogen energy cluster in Southern Louisiana.

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  • With a significant presence of food manufacturing and processing operations in Louisiana, Cleco creates strong opportunities for synthesizing biomass for green energy solutions and renewable energy certificates. Recognizing this potential, several companies — including Origin Materials’ 150-acre facility in the Ascension Parish — have made strategic investments in renewable energy facilities, pivoting away from thermal coal as feedstock. Louisiana’s economic development incentives have further incentivized this transition.

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Richard Cornelison

Director, Marketing and Economic Development

Amy S. Thibodeaux

Economic Development Project Manager

Connor Bradford

Economic Development Project Manager