The Energy Committee works to provide information to members on energy efficiency and renewable power sources at treatment plants.
Solar P/V panel installations at the City of Pendleton provide green power for the City’s wastewater treatment plant.
Energy audit information and information on incentives for renewable energy projects are provided by two key organizations:
- Energy Smart Industrial—For wastewater utilities that purchase their electricity from a PUD, electric cooperative or municipal-owned electric utilities.
- Energy Trust of Oregon—For wastewater utilities that purchase electricity from Portland General Electric or Pacific Power
Here is information on no cost energy audits for wastewater treatment plants.
Energy Independence for Oregon Wastewater Utilities
Energy is a huge expense for any wastewater utility. Is it possible to use ‘best in class’ energy efficiency techniques, partnered with cost-effective renewable energy projects and become energy independent? The answer is ‘yes.’
A study completed for ACWA in 2008 evaluated two Oregon utilities—City of Gresham and City of Corvallis—and concluded that energy independence for these two utilities was possible. Learn more about the study, funded in part by the Energy Trust of Oregon and completed for ACWA by Kennedy/Jenks Consultants.