LED FastStart, Louisiana’s nation-leading workforce training program, and higher ed programming are crucial to the state’s energy transition, developing new talent and upskilling the sizable energy workforce that currently exists. 

LED FastStart has played a central role for companies leading low-emission and zero-emission projects, including: 


  • Delta Biofuel 
  • ExxonMobil
  • Grön Fuels
  • LM Wind Power
  • Origin Materials
  • Renewable Energy Group
  • Shell 
  • Syrah Technologies

Louisiana’s higher ed institutions are ahead of the curve in preparing the state’s next generation of workers for future energy jobs.

Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University is the first school in the country to offer an engineering concentration in carbon capture, utilization and storage.

University of New Orleans

The University of New Orleans offers a concentration in offshore wind power with four engineering pathways: mechanical, civil, electrical and naval/marine engineering.

River Parishes Community College

River Parishes Community College’s curriculum includes classes on the fundamentals of solar power while also exploring residential, industrial and thermal applications.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers a concentration in power and sustainable energy focusing on electric energy conversion and integration for renewable energy, smart grids, electric vehicles and power system operation and control.


Multiple institutions are involved with H2theFuture, a unifying approach to university-based investments in applied research of low-carbon hydrogen technologies. The New Energy Specialization project will position students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities as hydrogen industry leaders in business, public policy and law.