This paper presents aggregate level energy consumption data for the U.S. Oil and Gas Production industry to illustrate the significant contribution that energy consumption makes to total industry greenhouse gas emissions. The potential for energy savings through the implementation of energy efficiency measures is then presented as a viable strategy for reducing industry emissions. Total energy consumption data and energy savings estimates are converted to equivalent CO2 emissions to present an estimated baseline for the industry associated with energy consumption and to illustrate the potential reduction in emissions. The data used for analysis come from publicly available sources and are used to derive estimations only. The analysis reveals that the best opportunities for energy savings, and associated CO2 emissions, are in the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) sector of the industry. Disproportionately high production energy intensities linked to EOR processes enable a relatively few efficiency upgrade projects to delivery significant savings.

Experiences from California energy efficiency programs targeting oil and gas producers are highlighted. Insight from these programs is used to identify proven energy efficient technologies, energy savings expectations, and the potential for CO2 emissions reductions.

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