North Carolina | Cutting Costs through Energy Management for Your Small Water System (Serving 10,000 people or fewer)

Date(s) - 11/27/2016
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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November 2016 – January 2017 | Western NC | Asheville, NC
Cost: Free, but space is limited! Please notify us of your interest by completing the form below.

Providing drinking water and wastewater requires energy – and a lot of it. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the cost of energy as a percentage of operating costs for a drinking water system is rising significantly, and is expected to increase 20 percent in the next 15 years. As energy is typically the largest controllable O&M cost for a water system, energy management is becoming a more important aspect of a utility’s asset management program, along with water loss reduction.

The Environmental Finance Center Network is currently seeking community water systems interested in participating in a workshop series that will focus on cost reductions for water systems through improved energy management. The workshop will be led by experts from the UNC School of Government’s Environmental Finance Center (, on behalf of the Environmental Finance Center Network.

Attendance at all three one-day workshops is required, in addition to being available for a half-day energy assessment of your system. We would like to schedule the onsite energy assessments at your water utility for Wed. Nov. 2; Thurs. Nov. 3; or Fri. Nov. 4, 2016. Please indicate on the registration form below all days and times that could work for you in this range. We will then schedule the first workshop for mid to late November. Multiple attendees from each water system are encouraged to attend, including elected officials. Please register individually.

The series will be offered from November 2016 through January 2017 in Asheville. Participants will benefit from a hands-on workshop series, supplemented with an on-site energy assessment and one-on-one assistance on improving energy management, from establishing a baseline to how-to-pay-for-it to measurement and verification. Assistance with rate setting and financial management will also be provided to participating systems.

Workshop Series Topics Include:
On-Site Energy Assessment – Provides recommended cost-saving projects
Day 1 –
Collecting Data and Starting Your Energy Management Program
Day 2 –
Prioritizing and Funding Energy Management Projects
Day 3 –
Implementing, Tracking Progress, Communicating, and Special Topics

Eligible Participants:
• Community Water Systems serving 10,000 or fewer people.
• The workshop content is best geared towards town/county managers, budget/finance directors, town/county clerks, and public works managers, as well as water system operators.

How to Apply: Please fill out the form below to apply.


David R. Tucker, Project Director, Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Carol Rosenfeld, Senior Project Director, Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dawn NallProgram Manager, Southwest Environmental Finance Center


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Allison Perch, Program Coordinator, Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (919) 962-6191,


Workshop 1:
Why Are We Here
Intro to Energy Management
Energy Assessments
Understanding your Electric Bill
Water Loss and Asset Management
Energy Usage Baseline
Electricity Baseline Builder
Energy Management Readiness
Portfolio Manager Quick Reference Guide 

Workshop 2:
Prioritizing Energy Management Projects
Project Prioritization Exercise
Project Economics and Financing
Energy Savings Performance Contracting 
NC DEQ Presentation
Special Financing Mechanisms
Rates Dashboard and Wrap Up
Take a Systems Approach to Energy Management

Workshop 3:
Developing an Implementation Plan
Internal Energy Revolving Fund
Waste Reduction
Duke Energy Presentation
Progress Tracking and Reporting
Value of Communication Message Mapping
Internal Energy Revolving Fund Wizard

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