Energy Guide: Water and Wastewater
Municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities require an estimated 75 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, which equals about 3 percent of total U.S. electricity use. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), energy savings of 15 percent are readily achievable in this sector and 30 percent savings are possible.
Our Energy Management Solutions offer incentives to help you make energy-efficient upgrades and to help our government meet its goals.
Energy Efficiency Solutions
Equipment & Building
Upgrading your equipment can have a significant impact on energy costs. Take advantage of the energy-efficient solutions and available incentives we offer, such as these:
- Variable-frequency drives
Creating a more efficient work environment doesn’t just save on costs, it can enhance productivity. Simple upgrades of lamps and lighting controls are a great place to start.
- Lighting controls
Demand Response Programs
Our Demand Response programs offer financial incentives to water and waste water facilities for temporarily reducing use upon request during periods of high-energy demand. From our Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or less or with a Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or more, which rewards energy reduction during high seasonal temperatures, to the year-round Demand Bidding Program and Real Time Pricing, your business may benefit from participating, while benefitting the grid and the environment. You might also be interested in Automated Demand Response for added convenience, or our free Energy Manager suite of savings tools.
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Water and Wastewater by Numbers5
- Account for over one-third of municipal energy use and are some of the most energy-intensive facilities.
- Industry spends roughly $4 billion per year on energy to pump, treat, deliver, collect and clean water.
- Approximately 80 percent of this energy is used for pumping alone.
- Energy costs for California water and wastewater facilities run around $500 million each year.
- It is the largest controllable cost of providing water and wastewater services to the public.
- Wastewater plants and drinking water systems can make up as much as one-third of a municipality’s total energy bill.
1E Source: data from U.S. Energy Information Administration
2E Source: data from U.S. Energy Information Administration accessed 2008
3E Source: data from U.S. Energy Information Administration accessed 2008
4E Source Section Snapshots 2008
5Source: EPA, Consortium for Energy Efficiency, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories 2008