Energy Efficiency & Demand Side Management Local Government

Municipalities urged to probe energy efficiency solutions for treatment plants

Municipalities should investigate energy-saving opportunities by conducting energy audits and issues, such as electrical load management during peak demand periods, must be clear and understood by wastewater treatment plant operations staff, says Water Research Commission (WRC) water use and waste management research manager Dr Jo Burgess.

Energy-saving opportunities from demand- side management programmes include reducing energy costs by shifting power consumption from peak to off-peak hours.

Small and seasonal wastewater treatment plants may benefit from such opportunities, but large treatment plants need to consider them carefully, she explains, citing the WRC South African Energy Compendium of Good Practice in Water and Wastewater study. Continue reading >

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