The Erie County Division of Sewerage Management (DSM) has always valued efficiency. Established in the 1960s, the DSM’s mission is to provide cost-effective, customer-oriented wastewater service that protects public health and enhances the natural environment. This is accomplished through the operation and maintenance of six wastewater treatment facilities, just under 100 pumping stations, five overflow retention facilities, and over 1,000 miles of gravity sewer pipe and force mains.
The largest of the DSM’s wastewater treatment plants is the Southtown’s Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility. Electricity accounts for 9% of total expenditures at the Southtown treatment plant, and is similarly high at the DSM’s other wastewater facilities.
So, in 2018, when the DSM was invited to join NYSERDA’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program, they saw it as a natural fit with their mission.
After investing in numerous energy improvements across their facilities, Garlock decided to take their energy efficiency to the next level by adopting a SEM plan. By syncing new energy project opportunities with their business goals, Garlock can tackle energy improvements in a more strategic way, without seeing any decrease in production or quality of their product.
Maintaining safety, quality, and timeliness are top priorities for Potters. By incorporating SEM into its business operations, Potters reduced energy use, improved its profit margin, and empowered an energy-conscious workforce—all while upholding their stringent industry standards.
Camso is always looking for new ways to stay up-to-date on cutting-edge industry best practices—energy use included. By adopting SEM processes, Camso has been able to better understand and control their energy use across their facilities. This has yielded direct cost savings and boosted employee interest in saving energy across the entire company.
Shortly after the City’s 2009 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, Mayor John Engen moved from research to action and convened the Conservation & Climate Action Plan Task Force. The volunteer Task Force, a group of citizen experts made up of small business owners, city staff, conservation professionals, and University of Montana representatives, was charged with creating emissions reduction goals for municipal operations and developing a path to achieve those goals while maintaining and improving the City’s high level of service to citizens.
Boise has implemented a number of approaches to reduce energy consumption, including incentives for high-performance and green projects, priority processing for green building projects, reduced permit fees for solar panel installations, recognition and education programs, and changes to city code to encourage high-density commercial and multifamily development, especially downtown.
The City of Eugene has a long-standing commitment to city-wide energy management and sustainability. In 1995 Eugene began tracking and evaluating their public building energy data. The city saw the value of energy management from both a financial and environmental perspective.
With help from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), the City of Tacoma took their commitment to public building energy efficiency to a new level. The NEEA project team partnered with the city and TPU to undertake a comprehensive approach to efficiency in the municipal portfolio. The team, including New Buildings Institute (NBI), EcoEdge, and Maalka, worked with city staff to engage multiple departments, policymakers, the utility, and other stakeholders in meaningful discussions about how to achieve energy goals in public buildings.
When Dave Brant, senior chief engineer at SnoTemp Cold Storage, heard about a new certification focused on saving energy offered by the Refrigerating Engineers and Techanicians Association (RETA), he was intrigued: becoming a Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist (CRES) meant he could reduce energy waste and cut costs for his company. With his facility operating at full capacity, and a team of engineers supporting operations, Dave knew there would be plenty of opportunities to sleuth out savings and make a big impact.
CRES certified Henningsen engineers implement energy upgrades for big pay back.
Receiving, storing, and shipping out over a million pounds of frozen food every day with 100% accuracy is no simple task. However, in 2014 Henningsen Cold Storage Co. (Henningsen) built a state-of-the-art refrigerated warehouse in Salem, Oregon to do just that.
CITY OF VANCOUVER Saving over 1.7 million
kilowatt-hours and tens of thousands of dollars
per year through wastewater energy efficiency improvements.
The City of Vancouver, Washington, typically treats more than 20 million gallons of
wastewater each day. This requires substantial aeration systems and ultraviolet (UV)
light arrays at the city’s two wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). While these
systems are critical for supporting the biological treatment process and destroying
harmful bacteria and pathogens, they consume large quantities of power.