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Common Sense Approaches to Energy Reductions at a Small Wastewater Utility

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With flat revenue and increasing operational costs, the Angola Wastewater Treatment Utility was required by its Mayor to develop a contingency plan to reduce the operating budget by 10%. Developing this contingency plan would ultimately require cutting personnel and non-essential services that Utility customers were accustomed to receiving. As the Utility began looking into areas where efficiencies could be made, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) offered an invitation to the Angola Wastewater Utility to participate in a regional Pilot Energy Management Program. Involvement in this program has helped the Utility better understand how it uses energy and how it can be controlled. Within two years of its participation in the Pilot Project, the Angola Utility has significantly reduced its overall electrical consumption and related energy costs.
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Keywords: Energy management; demand charges; energy reduction; power consumption; utility management

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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