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Energy Management has not been traditionally associated with the municipal water and wastewater industry. The application of Best Practices has usually included areas such as water/wastewater treatment methods, biosolids handling, and plant automation. However, increased concern with customer satisfaction (including rates) and competition from privatization, coupled with dramatically increasing energy prices in a newly de-regulated electric environment, has necessitated the need for large utilities such at WSSC to much more aggressively manage their second largest cost center. This paper traces how the process of controlling energy costs at WSSC has evolved from energy buying to energy management, and outlines the basic elements and future direction of WSSC's Energy Management Program.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864705783813250

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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