Last year, Aera announced that we had joined with GlassPoint Solar to build one of the largest solar energy fields of its kind in California to power the Belridge Oil Field.
The company’s commitment to renewable energy will also be seen at Aera’s proposed East Cat Canyon oil field, where solar is planned to power buildings on the site southeast of Santa Maria.
“Renewable energy and other energy sources are important to our project plans in northern Santa Barbara County because our neighbors in the community care about this balance,” said Rick Rust, Aera’s Santa Barbara representative. “Many of our buildings will be powered by solar energy, and we are planning to run our tanker trucks on clean burning compressed natural gas.”
Additionally, the project will offset its greenhouse gas emissions, in part, with local projects such as carbon farming at a proposed conservation area, and the purchase of electric shuttle buses for local non-profit organizations.
“Aera is committed to safe, responsible operations and is thrilled to extend our environmental leadership by using solar to power our production,” said Aera Energy CEO Christina Sistrunk. “But while renewables are emerging and growing as an important energy source, leaving oil in the ground is not yet a viable option for meeting all of California’s diverse energy needs.”
For now, and the foreseeable future, oil and natural gas will be essential to producing the fuels on which Californians rely to get to school and work each day, allow their businesses to grow and thrive, and help bring California-grown food to their dinner tables.
Further, all of the oil produced from Aera’s East Cat Canyon field will be refined in California.
That’s important because this local production will reduce the need for importing oil from foreign countries that operate under less rigorous environmental and safety practices.
“Aera is proud to be an active part of California’s low carbon future, and to lead the industry by adopting bold solutions to deliver essential energy, more efficiently,” said Rust. “Whether we are producing that energy in the form of conventional or renewable sources, we will continue to do so safely and responsibly, while meeting and often exceeding regional, state and federal regulations designed to protect human health and the environment.”