For many water systems, the electric (or energy) bill is one of the largest expenses regularly incurred by the water utility. It is also one of the most controllable expenses a water utility will have. However, water utility managers oftentimes never see the bill. Understanding your utility’s energy expenses is one of the first steps to controlling and likely reducing your energy expenses. This webinar focused on how to conduct an energy audit of your water system, including how to collect data and construct an energy use baseline. These are key steps in preparing to select energy management projects for implementation for your system.
During this webinar, participants:
- Walked through the first four steps of implementing an energy management plan
- Discussed the process of completing an energy audit
- Heard from a water system that has placed energy management and conservation as the paramount operational goal of the District and realized over 300,000 dollars per year in savings as a result
- David Tucker, Project Director, Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill
- Dawn Nall, Program Manager, Wichita State Environmental Finance Center
- Doug Evans, Chief Technical Officer at Mountain Regional Water District
- Steve Jones, Principal at Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc.
This webinar was offered as part of the Smart Management for Small Water Systems Project.