EPA and TDEC Recognize Tennessee Water and Wastewater Utilities for Saving Energy

ATLANTA, October 11, 2012 – At a ceremony today in Nashville, EPA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) officials recognized seven drinking water and wastewater utilities throughout Tennessee for their efforts to reduce energy demand at their facilities. Improvements already made at four of the utilities are saving 3,300,000 kilowatt hours (kWh), $260,000 and over 3200 tons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Added to additional improvements underway or planned at the utilities, the initiative is expected to save over 7 million kWh per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 6,696 tons—equivalent to removing 1,190 cars from the road or powering 739 homes for a year. Participating utilities are projected to save an average 17.8 percent in energy demand—amounting to an estimated $663,750 in cost savings, with individual utilities expected to save between $15,750 and $210,000 each.

“Drinking water and wastewater systems account for approximately three to four percent of energy use in the United States, adding over 45 million tons of greenhouse gases annually,” said EPA Regional Administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming. “EPA applauds these utilities in Tennessee for their leadership in reducing energy use, which is expected to save costs and yield substantial health and environmental benefits across the state and Southeastern region.”

The utilities and their projected annual energy and cost savings include:

•           Caryville-Jacksboro Utilities Commission (188,000 kWh, $15,750)
•           City of Columbia (1,300,000 kWh, $100,000)
•           Fayetteville Public Utilities (517,000 kWh, $34,000)
•           City of Franklin (1,699,440 kWh, $194,000)
•           First Utility District of Knox County (710,000 kWh, $68,000)
•           Lenior City Utilities Board (523,000 kWh, $42,000)
•           Nashville Metro Water Services (2,400,000 kWh, $210,000)