Clean Energy Integration in Natural Gas Compressor Station Operations

Emma Elgqvist, Emily Newes, Jill Engel-Cox, Ricardo Castillo

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Integrating renewable energy into oil and gas operations could reduce emissions and maximize higher-value use of produced hydrocarbons. In this study, analysts from the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) evaluated clean power technologies for a natural gas compressor station in Texas, using NREL’s Renewable Energy Integration & Optimization (REopt) tool. Different technology configurations were evaluated based on the technologies available and the load they can satisfy, available land, and hypothetical carbon pricing. The analysis is part of a collaborative program to understand site-specific energy consumption and prices in the oil and gas supply chain and determine under what conditions clean energy options are economically attractive. This work was sponsored by a consortium including Kinder Morgan, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Foundation, Extraction Oil & Gas, Baker Hughes, and ConocoPhillips.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A50-80540


  • clean energy
  • compressor
  • energy systems
  • natural gas
  • oil and gas
  • solar
  • wind


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