Learn about Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs) in New York State that are realizing the benefits of implementing SEM in their facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a comprehensive list of all the assessment questions a user may encounter when completing an assessment within the Energy Management Assessment (EMA) Tool. The EMA Tool provides a strategic and confidential analysis of an organization’s current energy management business practices. The assessment consists of a series of binary questions related to 12 different components of energy management. Within each component, questions are organized in levels. Answering “Needs Improvement” sets the level of development for that component and moves the user on to questions in the next component. This full question set may be a helpful reference or offline backup for Facilitators working with customers to complete assessments within the EMA Tool.
The US EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Guidelines for Energy Management provide a proven strategy for creating an energy management program focused on continuous improvement of energy performance. This document provides additional information and guidance to make Energy Management a success at an organization. These guidelines are also featured as a resource within the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool. The guidelines can be used to gather preliminary information on an energy management system and framework, to better understand Energy Management, and/or to review an energy management program. Primary audiences for this resource include: executives, energy champions, energy teams, sustainability coordinators and executive sponsors.
This Resource Sheet “Business Drivers and the EnMS” is a resource available within the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool. It helps users understand how a variety of social, external and internal business drivers impact decisions, and which of these business drivers to consider when developing and pitching an Energy Management System, or EnMS. It also helps organizations think about energy, energy management and improved energy performance within the context of their organization, as well as their current and future business priorities and needs. Primary audiences for this tool include energy champions, executive sponsors and energy teams.
This Data Collection Responsibilities Table is a resource available within the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool. It is useful in defining roles and responsibilities as they relate to the collection of energy data. The tool outlines actions, roles, responsibilities and assigned personnel, helps assign ownership of energy data, and helps users develop a continuous improvement process as it relates to energy data. It could be used as part of an Energy Data, Organizational Fundamentals or Energy Team workshop. Primary audiences for this tool include: energy champions, energy teams, data technicians, and building occupants.
This Elevator Speech Worksheet is a resource available within the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool. It can be used to develop a presentation for selling energy management to top management and other key decision makers. It provides structure to deliver an elevator pitch that is 12 seconds, 30 seconds and three minutes long, and helps users develop energy efficiency vocabulary, KPIs and energy management metrics. Primary audiences for this tool include energy champions, executive sponsors and energy teams, who could use this tool in an organizational fundamentals workshop, an Energy Team or employee engagement activity, or in a professional development workshop.
These Energy Manual Guidelines are a resource available within the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool. The document outlines what to include in an Energy Manual. An Energy Manual is a document that summarizes an organization’s EnMS (Energy Management System), is approved by top management, and establishes practices and communication around energy management commitments within an organization. This tool guides a user in creating a stand-alone Energy Manual that is 5-15 pages long and easily understood by all users. It also provides guidance on integrating an Energy Manual into other types of standardization documents in organization, as well as into onboarding documents. Primary audiences for this tool include: energy champions, executive sponsors, energy teams, and executive management.
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