Are You Paying Too Much? Understanding your energy rate schedules

Written by:  Dawn Nall, Project Manager, Southwest Environmental Finance Center For many water systems, the electric (or energy) bill is one of the largest expenses regularly incurred by the water utility.  It is also one of the most controllable expenses a water utility will have.  Most energy providers charge different rates for different types of customers, such as commercial and residential.  …

Have You Seen the Electric Bill? The Importance of the Water Energy Nexus

Written by: Dawn Nall Dawn Nall is a Program Manager at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of New Mexico. For many water systems, the electric (or energy) bill is one of the largest expenses regularly incurred by the water utility.  It is also one of the most controllable expenses a water utility will have.  However, water utility managers …

The Virtuous Cycle: Internal Energy Revolving Funds for Small Water Systems

Written by: David Tucker David Tucker is a Project Director with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina.  How can small (and large) water systems pay for energy efficiency and renewable energy, helping cut utility costs? As energy is often the largest variable expense in a water system’s operating budget, this is a recurring question for the …

Finding Money in the Water System Budget: Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC)

Written by: David Tucker David Tucker is a Project Director with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina.  The way that drinking water and wastewater systems pay for energy improvements in the United States is changing – including for small drinking water systems (serving 10,000 or fewer people). As has often been mentioned on the EFC’s blog, …

Knoxville, TN Energy Management Workshop

Knoxville Utilities Board 4505 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921 Date: 12/04/2013 Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM This one-day energy management workshop, for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer customers, offered participants information about opportunities to reduce operational costs for energy during a time of rising electricity costs and tightening budgets. The workshop included hands-on exercises and will focus on …

Bismarck, ND Energy Management Workshop

Bismarck Public Library, Room B 515 N 5th St., Bismarck, N.D. 58501 Date: 12/12/2013 Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM This one-day energy management workshop, for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer customers, will offer participants information about opportunities to reduce operational costs for energy during a time of rising electricity costs and tightening budgets. The workshop included hands-on exercises …

Waterloo, IA Energy Efficiency Workshop

Waterloo Center for the Arts 225 Commercial Street, Waterloo, IA 50701 Date: 9/05/2013 Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM* *Networking will begin at 8:30 AM and workshop activities will begin at 9:00 AM. This one-day energy management workshop, for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer customers, will offer participants information about opportunities to reduce operational costs for energy during a time …

Washington, IA Energy Efficiency Workshop

This workshop has been cancelled. If interested, we encourage you to attend the workshop in Waterloo, IA on 9/05 instead. Thank you! Washington Public Library, Nicola-Stoufer Room, 2nd Floor 115 W. Washington Street, Washington, IA  52353 Date: 09/04/2013 Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM* *Networking will begin at 8:30 AM and workshop activities will begin at 9:00 AM. This one-day energy management …