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Optimizing Water & Wastewater Utilities to Reduce Cost and Energy Use

Windmills for alternative source of electricity

Alternative sources of energy - the technology is available now. But even simple changes to a system can make a big difference in energy demand.

Energy drives the world, and the world's appetite for energy is growing exponentially. From individual actions to national policies, energy conservation is a crucial element of our future way of life.

Especially in public utilities, where we are accountable to the “public good”, efficient practices and energy reduction need to be imbedded in all that we do, from procurement of materials to production of clean water at the tap.

We Can Help

EEI specializes in designing or modifying systems for optimum energy usage and lowest lifetime cost of operation, because we believe it is the most important work we can do.

Energy Efficiency Resources

Listed below are links to resources on Federal and State energy programs, as well as informational sites dedicated to energy efficiency. Your suggestions for additions to the list are welcome.

Technological advances and population growth combine for exponential demand for energy

Humankind's demand for energy increases exponentially with technological advances. As a modern example, Asia's demand rose from 16% to 26% of world usage between 1980 and 2000. (Chart adapted from: E. Cook, "The Flow of Energy in an Industrial Society" Scientific American, 1971 p. 135)

Conservation is Key

Energy conservation in water and wastewater systems has become a political, economical and environmental necessity.

Once energy is consumed or converted, is is very difficult to recover. With all the current discussion of alternative energy sources, energy conservation is still the cheapest and cleanest solution.

Conservation can take many forms. A private homeowner may weatherize her house; a public water utility can opt for system design that is highly efficient.

Voigt Presents at Conference

Don Voigt will be giving a presentation titled, “Energy Conservation in Water Utility Buildings - Beyond Changing Light Bulbs ” at the Wisconsin Water Association conference on September 23-25, 2009 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.