Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2009 - (Page 10)

Energy for Small Utilities BY ROB MCELROY, P.E., GENERAL MANAGER, DAPHNE UTILITIES Conservation WHEN PEOPLE START talking about “energy conservation,” there are lots of areas that open up…some costly and some not so expensive to launch. I know of few small utilities that have bags of money sitting around the office waiting to be spent on high dollar programs even in the pursuit of overall cost reductions. Sometimes, this thought is enough to discourage people from even getting started. It just doesn’t have to be this way, though. There are many things even the most cash-strapped utility in the smallest town can do to bring positive impact to their conservation efforts almost immediately. (For example, Daphne Utilities serves a community of about 19,000 in Daphne, Alabama and, as of the last time I checked, we had no bags of cash laying around anywhere I could find.) Daphne Utilities’ current biodiesel plant. This is the third generation of our plant, which has been in operation since 2005. 10 • Second Quarter 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2009

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2009
From the President
Energy Conservation for Small Utilities
Sounds Too Good to Bet True...But It's Real!
Algae to Biodiesel
Wind to Water
Utility Management in a Down Economy
Waterbrick: Bulk Water Delivery System Pulls Double Duty as Shelter
Five Attributes of Inspirational Leaders
Regulatory Update
Rally Wrap Up
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2009