Integration of Clean Energy into Oil Field Operations

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

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Integrating clean energy into oil and gas operations could reduce emissions and maximize higher-value use of produced hydrocarbons. In this published study, analysts from the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) evaluated clean power technologies for an oil field in the Delaware Basin using NREL’s Renewable Energy Integration and Optimization, or REopt, tool. The analysts evaluated different configurations of distributed energy resources based on the technologies available and the load they could satisfy, available land, and hypothetical carbon pricing. The analysis is part of a collaborative program with industry 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 ConocoPhillips, Baker Hughes, Extraction Oil & Gas, Kinder Morgan, and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Foundation.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A50-81107


  • clean energy
  • Delaware Basin
  • DERs
  • emissions
  • energy systems
  • oil and gas
  • oil fields
  • REopt


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