Environmental Protection

CEE, WEF Offer Energy Efficiency RFP Guidance

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), in cooperation with the Water Environment Federation (WEF), has released the Energy Efficiency RFP Guidance for Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities.

The new guidance provides water utilities, cities, and towns with ready-to-use language to help them include energy efficiency requirements in solicitations for design services. Municipal officials may use this guidance to simplify and streamline the request for proposal process, to help cities and towns tap into federal funding streams and local efficiency program resources, and to make energy efficiency a standard feature of treatment facilities.

“We hope that water utilities and town councils across North America will take advantage of this new resource to help them seize the energy efficiency opportunity,” said CEE Executive Director Marc Hoffman. “Energy efficiency offers a great opportunity for municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities to cut costs and improve process reliability, Energy savings at these facilities leads directly to more money for other priorities such as schools and public safety.”

Although water and wastewater treatment facilities provide an invaluable service to their communities, they are also the largest energy consumers in many cities and towns. In fact, data collected by energy efficiency program administrators shows that a typical wastewater treatment facility spends as much as $100,000 per year on energy for every 1 million gallons per day (mgd) of treatment capacity. By making energy efficiency a standard part of their management practices, facilities could potentially save between $20,000 and $40,000 per 1 mgd per year.

The Guidance includes ready-to-use language to request consideration of measures including high speed blowers, sensors and process controls, variable frequency drives, nutrient removal processes, and more.

CEE is an award-winning consortium of efficiency program administrators from the United States and Canada that unifies program approaches across jurisdictions to increase impact in fragmented markets. By joining forces at CEE, individual electric and gas efficiency programs are able to partner not only with each other, but also with other industries, trade associations, and government agencies. Working together, administrators leverage the effect of their ratepayer funding, exchange information on successful practices and, by doing so, achieve greater energy efficiency for the public good. Formed in 1928, the WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world.

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