renewable energyincreasing renewables in support of our business
Partnership and innovation are helping Chevron develop more energy at a lower carbon intensity. We have renewable power purchase agreements for wind power in West Texas and solar power in Southern California in support of our business operations, and we are expanding our use of renewable power to more locations in the United States and globally. We work with partners like Novvi and San Francisco International Airport to deploy renewables to blend with our fuels and to develop renewable base oils for lubricants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We also collaborate with Pacific Ethanol, Waste Management and CalBio to provide renewable transport fuels.
wind & solarrenewable power partnerships
We are focused on increasing renewable power in support of our business where it is reliable, scalable and cost-efficient and lowers our carbon footprint. Through our new partnership with Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., we will codevelop wind and solar projects that will help power Chevron operations around the world.
This partnership unites Algonquin’s technical and operations renewable power expertise with Chevron’s scale, land and local knowledge to enable faster, more cost-effective renewable power solutions. The initial projects are focused on Chevron operations in the U.S. Permian Basin (Texas and New Mexico), Argentina, Kazakhstan and Western Australia.
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additional wind and solar projects
using wind power in the permian basin
deploying solar in lost hills, CA, oil field
Thanks to California sunshine, a 29-megawatt system of solar panels is delivering low-carbon electricity to our Lost Hills oil field in Kern County, California. In 2019, Chevron signed a power purchase agreement with commercial solar provider SunPower who built the project on Chevron land. Over the 20-year potential term, this solar project is expected to provide 80 percent of the power needs of the Lost Hills oil field.
chevron-owned and -operated renewable projects
Our Casper Wind Farm, commissioned in 2009, turned a former refinery site near Casper, Wyoming, into an 11-turbine, 16.5 megawatt-capacity wind farm that can produce enough electricity to power approximately 13,000 U.S. homes for a year.
Chevron’s photovoltaic projects at Questa, New Mexico, and in the San Joaquin Valley, California, test and evaluate solar technologies. Project Brightfield, in Bakersfield, California, has evaluated seven photovoltaic technologies to determine the potential application of renewable power at other company-owned facilities.
Biofuels that complement conventional transportation fuels, such as renewable diesel, can play an important role in reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuels while meeting the world’s growing energy needs. Renewable diesel, also known as biomass-based diesel, is a hydrocarbon diesel vehicle fuel produced from nonpetroleum renewable resources such as vegetable oils (soy, corn, canola, etc.), animal and poultry fat, used cooking oil, municipal solid waste, and wastewater sludges and oils. In 2017, Chevron began to distribute diesel fuel containing between 6 and 20 percent renewable diesel from some of our California fuel terminals.
Already a leader in recycling, Waste Management (WM) now powers some of its trucks with gas emitted by its cargo. At Waste Management’s landfill gas-to-energy facilities, methane produced by decomposing trash is captured and used as an alternative fuel. More than half of the landfill gas collected at WM facilities goes to beneficial-use projects, making it North America’s leader in the space. Although much of WM’s landfill gas produces electricity, the Houston-based company is also a leader in converting landfill gas into natural gas fuels. Renewable natural gas (RNG) produced from processed landfill gas now fuels more than 33 percent of the company’s natural gas trucks. In 2018, Chevron and WM signed an agreement for Chevron to purchase gas produced by WM and ensure supply to WM’s trucks. “Chevron is a legacy supporter of our renewable natural gas program and recently increased that support by partnering with WM Renewable Energy to purchase the RNG produced at our American landfills,” said Randy Beck, senior director of renewable energy at WM. “This move furthers our commitment to each other, but more importantly, our commitment to sustainability initiatives.”
Chevron has applied and is evaluating emerging technologies that can be integrated into our businesses to reduce energy use, reduce carbon emissions and create new options for existing assets.
Chevron believes advanced biofuels can help meet the world’s future energy needs if they are scalable, sustainable and affordable for consumers. That is why Chevron is working to develop solutions that meet those criteria under an effective policy framework.
Chevron is actively evaluating options for biomass processing as part of our transportation fuels businesses, particularly in California. To date, our work, as well as that of others, to produce second-generation biofuels that are economical at scale without subsidies has not been successful. This included creating a joint venture with Weyerhaeuser, then the largest landowner in the United States, to try to commercialize cellulosic biofuels. We are exploring leveraging our current manufacturing facilities to produce biofuels along with our traditional petroleum products.
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