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Climate Change Action - Rhode Island

Organization(s) Narragansett Bay Commission
Project Description In the fall months of 2008, the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), the University of Rhode Island (URI), and the Rhode Island Manufacturers Extension Service (RIMES) (the Project Partners) initiated a Sustainable Energy Management Program for Wastewater Treatment Facilities (WWTF). Using grant funds awarded through EPA's States Innovation Program, the Project Partners have begun training Rhode Island WWTFs on how to develop facility specific "Sustainable Energy Focused Environmental Management Systems" (EF-EMS). A Sustainable EF-EMS consists of practices, procedures, policies, and technologies that continuously support and sustain WWTF operations indefinitely into the future. A successfully implemented Sustainable EF-EMS Program reduces the consumption of non-renewable energy resources, while preventing or at least minimizing overall environmental impacts. The EF-EMSs developed as part of this project are based on the well established ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) "Plan-Do-Check-Act" approach.

On April 1, 2009 the Project Partners organized and held a half day workshop on how to utilize EPA's "Energy Management Guidebook for Wastewater and Water Utilities". The workshop held at the University of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay Campus was attended by more than 20 representatives from 15 of Rhode Island's 19 municipal WWTFs and covered key aspects of the EPA Guidebook and the Plan-Do-Act-Check Process including: Establishing energy goals; Benchmarking energy use; Developing an energy policy; and Establishing energy objectives and targets.

At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees were given a demonstration of the EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager software. A follow-up training session on how to use the Portfolio Manager was held in late April 2009. The Project Partners are coordinating efforts to have all 19 Rhode Island WWTFs participate in the Portfolio Manager training and have planned a series of regularly scheduled Project Roundtable meetings, which will focus on the development of the EF-EMSs.

As part of this Project, each participating WWTF will be receiving an Energy Management Audit to be conducted by an Energy Audit Team made up of the Project Partners in cooperation with National Grid and RISE, a Rhode Island-based energy management consulting firm. The first Energy Management Audit was conducted in March, with additional audits planned for the summer months. During the audits, the Energy Audit Team examines energy efficiency and conservation opportunities, use and application of National Grid rebate incentives, and potential application and use of available renewable energy resources.

Project Contact
Name Jim McCaughey
Phone 401-461-884 ext. 352
Project Keywords
Processes Wastewater Treatment
Areas of P2 Expertise Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management Systems
Industrial Sectors Water Use/Treatment
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 19 No. 1, Spring 2009 [PDF]


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