OWASA launches plan to continue investment and commitment to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (news release on May 3, 2017)
2017 Energy Management Plan (pdf)
The Board of Directors and staff of OWASA recognize that the use of energy at our facilities impacts land, water, and air resources, and our use of fossil fuel contributes to increased greenhouse gas emissions, which have been linked to increasing climate variability which threatens human and environmental health on a global scale. Our use of energy is also a direct expense to our customers – it costs us about $1.1 million a year.
To reduce costs and the environmental impacts of our operations, we have launched an organizational-wide Energy Management Program to meet the energy goals and objectives set by the OWASA Board of Directors:
- Reduce use of purchased electricity by 35% by the end of Calendar Year 2020 compared to the Calendar Year 2010 baseline
- Reduce use of purchased natural gas by 5% by the end of Calendar Year 2020 compared to the Calendar Year 2010 baseline
- Beneficially use all Mason Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) biogas by 2022, provided the preferred strategy is projected to have a positive payback within the expected useful life of the required equipment
- Formally engage local governments and partners in discussion about potential development of biogas-to-energy projects at the Mason Farm WWTP
- Seek proposals for third-party development of renewable energy projects on OWASA property
Read more about OWASA's Energy Management Program in our 2017 Energy Management Plan
We Value Your Participation and Feedback in Our Energy Management Efforts
We welcome and appreciate your interest and participation as we develop an Energy Management Plan. An important goal for us is to keep the community and interested stakeholders informed of our progress, and to provide opportunities for you to share your comments, questions, and feedback before adoption of a plan.
How to Get Involved and Stay Informed
If you’d like more information or have comments for us, or would like to be on our e-mail distribution list to receive meeting announcements and other information, please click here, then scroll to and select “energy use and management.” You can also contact: