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Energy Conservation Measures at WWTPs

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

Course Outline

This eight hour course provides valuable information for those individuals who are involved in the design and operation of wastewater facilities.  Completion of this course will provide the student the necessary information and testing to develop and implement energy conservation measures (ECMs).  It was designed by an instructor who has developed and implemented an energy conservation management system and numerous similar training courses. 

This course requires the completion of a multiple-choice quiz at its conclusion in order to obtain the necessary certification for the individuals who are seeking to develop and implement various ECMs.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is any professional who is involved in any facility or operations, both commercial and governmental, who are considering implementing an energy management system.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendees of this course will understand how to develop and implement ECMs.  This program will greatly reduce the learning curve for any professional interested in ECMs.

Course Introduction

Providing reliable wastewater services is a highly energy intensive activity.  A report by the Electric Power Research Institute in 1996 estimated that water and wastewater treatment would reach 75 billion kilowatt hours in 1996.  It is considerably higher at this time.  In fact, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency now estimates the electric usage at closer to 100 billion kilowatt hours and at a cost of $.075 per kWh, total costs for electric usage is near $7.5 billion per year.  It is of growing importance to wastewater utilities and the public who pay for these services to finds ways to reduce these costs.

Course Content

This course is based upon the following US EPA document:

Evaluation of Energy Conservation Measures for Wastewater Treatment Facilities, EPA 832-R-10-005, September 2010

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Course Summary

This course discusses the basics of various ECMs that can be used at both water and wastewater facilities and potentially at many manufacturing facilities.

Related Links

For additional information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

US Environmental Protection Agency


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.