Skip to main content

USING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS TO REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND ENERGY COSTS

Buy Article:

$17.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Or sign up for a free trial

Abstract:

The twin problems of steadily rising energy costs and global warming have made the issue of energy conservation a very high priority for both regulatory agencies and water and wastewater utilities. More and more utilities are realizing that a systematic approach for addressing their energy challenges is the best way to ensure that energy issues are continually addressed on an ongoing basis. Energy management is also at the heart of efforts across the entire sector to ensure that utility operations are sustainable in the future. Working closely with a number of utilities and the Water Environment Federation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is proactively addressing this issue and has developed an energy management guide entitled Ensuring a Sustainable Future: An Energy Management Guidebook for Wastewater and Water Utilities that provides a detailed, step by step, management systems approach to reducing energy consumption and energy cost. This paper will describe the USEPA's new Energy Management guidebook and discuss how water and wastewater utilities can use this guidebook to reduce their energy costs. In addition, the paper will also include a case study example describing how the Camden County (NJ) Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) used an Environmental Management System, akin to the Plan-Do-Check-Act systematic approach set forth in the USEPA's Energy management guidebook to realize significant reductions in energy consumption at its wastewater treatment plant, and corresponding cost savings for its ratepayers.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864708788807664

Publication date: 2008-01-01

More about this publication?
  • Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed.

    WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access.
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • About WEF Proceedings
  • WEFTEC Conference Information
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free ContentFree content
  • Partial Free ContentPartial Free content
  • New ContentNew content
  • Open Access ContentOpen access content
  • Partial Open Access ContentPartial Open access content
  • Subscribed ContentSubscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed ContentPartial Subscribed content
  • Free Trial ContentFree trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more