About

Greg Upton is Assistant Professor at the Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University. His research interests are related to the analysis of economic and public policy issues on energy and the environment.

Dr. Upton is also Research Associate at Acadian Consulting Group (ACG), for which he has four years of experience in supporting expert analysis of economic, statistical, and public policy issues in energy and regulatory industries.

During his tenure at ACG, Dr. Upton has worked on more than 20 regulatory cases in more than 10 states. He has worked on a wide range of issues including the impact of utility rate increases on economic output, the distributional effects of different types of utility rate designs, economic impacts of new infrastructure programs, benchmarking analysis, economic valuation, and estimating the tax impact of a large environmental disaster.

Dr. Upton holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Louisiana State University where he also received both an M.A. in economics and a B.S. in economics with a concentration in empirical analysis. He is a member of professional organizations such as the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE), American Economic Association (AEA) and the Southern Economic Association (SEA).

Curriculum Vitae

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Current Positions

Louisiana State University Center for Energy Studies
Assistant Professor-Research
Google Scholar Profile
LSU Research Database

Acadian Consulting Group
Research Associate

Education

Louisiana State University
Ph.D. Economics (2014)

Louisiana State University
M.S. Economics (2012)

Louisiana State University
B.S. Economics, concentration: Empirical Analysis (2010)

Publications

The Effect of Merit-Based Scholarships on Education Outcomes. An Analysis of the Arizona AIMS Scholarship. Journal of Labor Research 37:235-261 (2016). ↓ download

Crude Oil Exports and the Louisiana Economy. A discussion of U.S. policy of restricting crude oil exports and its implications for Louisiana. LSU Center for Energy Studies Whitepaper. November, 2015. ↓ download

Renewable Energy Potential and Adoption of Renewable Portfolio Standards. Utilities Policy 36 (2015) 67-70. With Brian F. Snyder. ↓ download

Economies of scale, learning effects and offshore wind development costs. Renewable Energy 83 (2015) 61-66. With David E. Dismukes ↓ download

The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Renewable Portfolio Standards. IAEE Energy Forum. Antalya Special Issue 2015. July 2015. With Brian F. Snyder. ↓ download

Economic and Policy Issues in Sustaining an Adequate Oil Spill Contengency Fund in the Aftermath of a Catastrophic Incident. Proceedings of the Thirty-seventh AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response. June 2014. With David E. Dismukes and Stephen R. Barnes. ↓ download

Funded Research

Principle Investigator. Louisiana Board of Regent's Industrial Ties Research Subprogram (ITRS). Integrating Storage into Rooftop Solar: An Economics and Engineering Approach. June 2016 to May 2018. $117,051.

With Shahab Mehraeen (Co-PI) and Amin Kargarian Marvasti (Co-PI).

Co-Principle Investigator. Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM). Update to BOEM GOM Factbook Data and Analysis. June 2016 to May 2016. $128,431. With David E. Dismukes (PI) and Mallory Vachon (Co-PI).

Guest Columns

Baton Rouge Business Report. Baton Rouge, LA. Was the Stelly Plan really revenue neutral? June 7 - June 20, 2016. ↓ download

The Advertiser. Lafayette, LA. Voices: We must shift the discussion on lifting oil export ban. December 8, 2015. Link

Under Review

Local Labor Market Shocks and Residential Mortgage Payments: Evidence from Shale Oil and Gas Booms. With Meagan McCollum. USAEE Working Paper

Funding Renewable Energy: An Analysis of Renewable Portfolio Standards. With Brian F. Snyder. USAEE Working Paper No. 15-220.

Housing Wealth, Credit Availability and College Enrollment. With Meagan N. McCollum SSRN Working Paper.

Working Papers

The Impact of Accelerated Infrastructure Replacement Programs on Natural Gas Leaks. With David E. Dismukes.

Selected Presentations

DIS-TRAN Conference and Expo. Funding Renewable Energy and the Future of the Power Grid. Pineville, LA. August 18, 2016.

National Federation of Municipal Analysts (NFMA). Annual Conference 2016. Oil and Gas Prices and Louisiana'a Fiscal Outlook. Chicago, IL. May 6, 2016.

Louisiana Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo 2016. Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Utility Rate Design: the devil's in the details. Lafayette, LA. April 14, 2016.

Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy. The Evolution of the Louisiana Tax Structure. Baton Rouge, LA. April 8, 2016.

Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. April Strategic Luncheon. Oil Prices and the Louisiana Budget Crisis: Culprit or Scapegoat? Alexandria, LA. April 6, 2016.

Public Utility Research Center (PURC). University of Florida. Presentation to Turkish Energy Markets Regulatory Authority (EMRA/EPDK). The Economics of Crude Export Restrictions. Gainesville, FL. December 7, 2015.

Southern Economic Association Meeting. Funding Renewble Energy: An Analysis of Renewable Portfolio Standards. New Orleans, LA. November 23, 2015.

Southern Economic Association Meeting. Local Labor Market Shocks and Residential Mortgage Payments: Evidence from Shale Oil and Gas Booms. New Orleans, LA. November 23, 2015.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Monthly Meeting. Unconventional Oil and Gas Activity and Crude Export Restrictions. Baton Rouge, LA. November 19, 2015.

World Trade Center New Orleans. Energy Committee Meeting. Unconventional Oil and Gas Activity and Crude Export Restrictions. New Orleans, LA. November 19, 2015.

Louisiana State University Staturday Science. Energy, Economics and the Environment. Baton Rouge, LA. October 31, 2015.

Energy Summit 2015: Disruptive and Game-Changing Energy Trends: Implications for Louisiana. Crude Oil Exports and the Louisiana Economy: A discussion of U.S. policy of restricting crude oil exports and its implications for Louisiana. Baton Rouge, LA. October 21, 2015.

Michigan State University Institute of Public Utilities Advanced Regulatory Studies Program. Econometric Forecasting and Energy Regulation. East Lansing, MI. October 5, 2015.

International Association of Energy Economists. Assessing the Effectiveness of Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Analysis of Electricity Prices, Renewable Energy Generation and Emissions Reductions. Antalya, Turkey. May 25-27, 2015.

Tulane Engineering Forum. Unconventional Oil and Gas Activity and Crude Export Restrictions. A Discussion of U.S. Policy of Restricting Crude Oil Exports. New Orleans, LA. April 17, 2015

Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting. Louisiana Tax Study, 2015. Alexandria, LA. April 9, 2015.

Louisiana Joint Ways and Means Committee. Louisiana Tax Study, 2015. Baton Rouge, LA. March 11, 2015. With Jim Richardson and Steven Sheffrin.

Southern Economic Association Meeting. Examining the Efficacy of Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline Replacement Policies. Atlanta, GA. Nobember 22-24, 2014.

Louisiana State University Center for Energy Studies Industry Associates Meeting. Mineral Taxes. Baton Rouge, LA. September 9, 2014.

Thirty-seventh Arctic and Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response. Economic Policy issues in Sustaining an Adequate Oil Spill Contingency Fund in the Aftermath of a Catastrophic Incident. Canmore, Alberta Canada. June 3-5, 2014.

United States Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) North American Conference. Overnight Cost Calculations, Economics of Scale and Learning by Doing: Analyzing the World's Offshore Windfarms. Anchorage, AK. August 28-31, 2013.

Southern Economic Association Meeting. Overnight Cost Calculations, Economics of Scale and Learning by Doing: Analyzing the World's Offshore Windfarms. New Orleans, LA. November 17, 2012.

Selected Media Coverage

Baton Rouge Business Report. Baton Rouge, LA. Was the Stelly Plan really revenue neutral? Baton Rouge Business Report. June 7 - June 20, 2016. ↓ download

The Town Talk. Alexandria, LA. LSU economist calls oil prices scapegoat for budget issues. April 7, 2016. Link

KALB. Alexandria, LA. Drop in oil prices having negative effect on state revenues. April 6, 2016. Link

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, Baton Rouge, LA. Industry Report': Some Say lifting ban on oil exports is premature. March 1, 2016. Link

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, Baton Rouge, LA. Will the end of the ban on exporting oil be good or bad for Louisiana? February 16, 2016. Link

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, Baton Rouge, LA. New horizons for petrochem. Removing the nation's oil export ban should help Louisiana in the long run, but the short-term impact isn't clear. Jan. 5-Jan. 18, 2016. ↓ download

Oilman, Norman, OK. Lifting Export Ban Could Make Gulf Coast 'Epicenter for Hydrocarbon Trading,' Study Says. December 28, 2015. Link

The Advertiser, Lafayette, LA. The Town Talk, Alexandria, LA. Could La. become 'epicenter' of global energy trade? December 22, 2015. Link

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA. Scalise touts end to 40-year oil export ban, but upside in question. December 18, 2015. Link

The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA. Our Views: Repeal of ban on oil exports in newest omnibus may provide market boost. December 16, 2015. Link

The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, LA. The Advertiser, Lafayette, LA. In sight: End to crude oil export ban. December 16, 2015. Link

The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. Louisiana, U.S. consumers could see dampened benefit from lifting oil export ban. December 16, 2015. Link

The Advertiser. Lafayette, LA. Voices: We must shift the discussion on lifting oil export ban. December 8, 2015. Link

The Daily Comet. Lafourche Parish, LA. LSU study deflates predictions on both sides of oil export debate. December 5, 2015. Link

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. Baton Rouge, LA. LSU study claims lifting export crude ban would have little economic impact on Louisiana. December 1, 2015. Link

The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. LOOP seeks customers for planned crude loading facility. December 1, 2015. Link

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. LSU economist says lifting crude oil export ban carries risks, potential benefits for Louisiana. October 22, 2015. Link

The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. Crude exports could put Louisiana at center fo trade hub. October 21, 2015. Link

The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. Economists tell Louisiana Legislators to raise cigarette tax, cut inventory tax. March 10, 2015. Link

Dissertation

Essays on Incentives, Economic Conditions, and College Enrollment Decisions. ↓ download

Contact

gregbupton@gmail.com
(318) 715-4734