Environmental

Energy

As a transporter of energy, Equitrans is committed to efficiently using energy and reducing our total energy use throughout our operational footprint. In doing so, we reduce our emissions, protect the environment, and strengthen our economic performance.

Approach to Energy Management

Internal Energy Consumption (Gigajoules)
17,236
Total energy consumption
(non-renewable sources)
Electricity Consumption16,246
Heating Consumption989
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The management approach and its components

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Evaluation of the management approach

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Energy consumption within the organization

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Across our asset footprint, we aim to effectively manage our energy use, enact efficiency measures, and reduce consumption. Energy management occurs at both our facilities and field operations. From a facilities perspective, we strive to continuously decrease our environmental impact as it relates to energy across our owned and leased assets. Our LEED certified Senior Operations and Maintenance Sustainability Manager directs these efforts, and we proactively evaluate strategies to effectively reduce our facility energy consumption. To do this we leverage online applications to set optimal lighting levels and manage the motion sensor sensitivity of facility lights. We also utilize centralized temperature controls, computer monitor sleep modes, and an extensive preventive maintenance program to quickly address energy consumption issues. In our owned facilities, we also installed energy efficient LED lighting which uses 75 percent less energy than comparable florescent bulbs. We regularly evaluate new approaches to optimize and reduce our energy consumption from our facilities, including replacing older redundant HVAC systems with new more efficient rooftop units.

At our field operations, many of our compressor stations along our pipelines generate their own power through the pipelines flowing natural gas. By generating energy directly on site, rather than from gasoline- or diesel-powered generators, we more efficiently power our field operations. We are also evaluating the use of solar panels as a source of energy for compressor station operations. 

Evaluating Our Approach to Energy Management

We track our energy consumption across our facilities and field operations—and the environmental and economic benefits resulting from our energy management practices drive us to proactively evaluate our approach for effectiveness and to make enhancements where necessary. We regularly review the data to identify areas where changes and efficiencies can be made to reduce our consumption. We also seek out, evaluate, and install technological solutions to reduce our energy consumption where possible.

Portrait of Diana M. Charletta, Equitrans President and Chief Operating Officer

Our ESG management practices are intrinsic and deliver value that goes beyond financial drivers. Today and in the future, trust and transparency are central to our approach.

Diana M. Charletta, President and Chief Operating Officer

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Field Safety
Technician Program

No one knows Equitrans’ assets and procedures better than our employees that work in the field every day. To leverage their knowledge, we recently developed a voluntary program called the Field Safety Technician Group or FST Group. The FST Group is composed of field employees, known as Field Safety Technicians (FSTs), who act as liaisons between field employees and management to coordinate equipment upgrades, enhance safety, and bolster our safety culture. With the FST Group, our aim is to create a work environment where employees feel comfortable making safety suggestions, and requesting equipment upgrades and additional trainings. Our FSTs interview field employees on a quarterly basis, asking what can be done to improve safety at their sites and what trainings the employees feel would be beneficial. We also hold quarterly FST Group meetings where all FSTs come prepared to report on the information Sthey have gathered throughout the quarter. Our teams develop action items based upon the FST interviews with the goal to complete the items prior to the next quarterly meeting. When possible, we scale these items across the company.

One great example of this process occurred at our MOJO Compressor Station. During a quarterly FST interview, an employee suggested to an FST that lighting should be added to the site. The site at that time had no active lighting and the employee had to occasionally use his vehicle’s head lights to illuminate the area. At the following quarterly FST meeting, the FST Group agreed to purchase solar-powered lights for the compressor station, which were subsequently installed.

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