Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2010 - (Page 31)
THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUE
The Rural Water Utilities
Water Efficiency Program
IN THE MIDDLE of the Congressional debates on the national energy conservation/climate change legislation, a program for rural utility energy efficiency has been included in Section 148 of S. 1462 the American Energy Leadership Act of 2009. Recognizing that energy is the single largest cost for small water and sewer utilities, the bill establishes a circuit rider technical assistance program to improve energy efficiency, identify and develop alternative and renewable energy supplies and conserve water in the operation of rural drinking water and wastewater facilities. S. 1462 is the only senate energy bill that has passed out of a committee and has bipartisan support. It will be merged with other energy conservation proposals, but as a provision in the core bill, it has a good chance to survive in any final comprehensive energy/climate legislation.
Background • Small and rural water systems serving less than 10,000 people consume approximately $1,000,000,000 worth of electrical power a year to provide drinking water to their customers. • Programs operated under the auspices of the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) have demonstrated that $100,000,000 to $200,000,000 of this amount can be saved each year through a dual conservation effort of reducing water lost through leaks and improved coordination of water systems operations with power supplier operating practices. • These savings would result in reduction of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere of 1.3 to 2.6 billion pounds per year • The savings are readily veriﬁable through system operating records and electric bills. • Because of NRWA’s unique technology transfer capability through its grassroots circuit rider programs, the projected savings can begin to accrue immediately. Specific savings projections are: • Reduction of water leakage by 5 percent - $46,000,000 saved per year • Improved coordination of water and electric operations - $93,000,000 saved per year • Total energy saved per year - 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours • CO2 emissions avoided per year 1.8 billion pounds Observations • When a system invests in new energy efﬁciency equipment, it creates new jobs using the money saved through the reduced cost of operations. This is a new and sustainable source for job expansions. • Water and sewer utilities are the second largest user of electricity in rural areas throughout the country. • Most state rural water associations have initiated energy and water conservation on-site training and technical assistance programs in response to local demand. A penny saved is a penny earned. • These programs need to be expanded and better focused and incorporated into the Rural Energy for America Program. • A national grassroots small utility energy efﬁciency/conservation program will provide veriﬁable and speciﬁc energy reduction statistics.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2010
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2010
From the President
Relationships Don't Just Happen Overnight
Make the Link!
Meet the New Agency Heads!
Legislation is Top Priority in Texas
Legislative Efforts in Arkansas
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Rural Water Utilities Energy and Water Efficiency Program
Wrap It Up: Michigan and South Dakota Advertise Quality on Tap!
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2010