We are the industry leader in energy efficiency
In order to produce the fuels and other products our millions of customers rely on, MPC must use a significant amount of energy. Our electric bill in 2014, for example, was approximately $450 million. We also use natural gas in many of our energy-intensive processes. We therefore have a powerful incentive to implement processes and install equipment that increase our energy efficiency.
These efforts have consistently paid off, making MPC the industry leader in energy efficiency. Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started awarding ENERGY STAR® designations to refineries, it has awarded 39 such recognitions. MPC has earned 30 of them. That’s 77 percent of refinery ENERGY STAR awards, despite the fact that MPC owns and operates just under 10 percent of the nation’s refining capacity.
MPC Energy Technologist Michael Harp notes that achieving ENERGY STAR designations requires not just first-quartile energy efficiency, but also environmental compliance with no outstanding environmental violations. “This is a situation in which we have achieved industry leadership because business considerations and our values work together to benefit everyone,” says Harp. “We are committed to being good stewards of the environment, good neighbors and responsible with our shareholders’ resources. Energy efficiency helps us to keep each of those commitments.”
In 2010, MPC established the Focus on Energy Initiative to bolster our commitment to improving efficiency of operations. As part of this initiative, a team of specialists work to make energy-efficiency incentives more visible to operations and technical personnel at our refineries. The initiative has also identified medium- and long-term improvements for implementation, having completed dozens of detailed unit reviews and identified hundreds of projects and studies.
“We’re certainly proud to be the industry leader in energy efficiency, but our culture of continual improvement means we’ll never consider our work complete,” says Harp. “We are always looking for that next opportunity to improve our efficiency. It’s good business, and it’s the right thing to do.”