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Petroleum refineries are the largest users of natural gas and electricity in the State of California. In addition to a high level of energy consumption, California is the third largest refiner of crude oil in the nation, with 21 refineries located primarily in the San Francisco, San Joaquin, and Los Angeles regions.
The GHG emissions from refineries in the state are estimated to be 35 MMTCO2E (2004), including emissions from hydrogen production. Improving energy efficiency will reduce GHG emissions by reducing fossil fuel consumption across a number of refinery processes. The GHG sources that could be considered include, but are not limited to, flares, process heaters, boilers, and fluid catalytic crackers. Potential efficiency improvements may be realized by replacing and/or retrofitting the existing equipment.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Detwiler at (916) 324-8024.