Water & Wastewater
In the pursuit of new and more significant energy efficiency savings, ACEEE has published several reports outlining some of the innovative ways utilities can help their customers reduce energy waste through program design and new technologies.
President Obama’s speech on climate change back in June specifically called on new and existing power plants to reduce carbon pollution. As the nation considers how to best reduce greenhouse gases from the energy sector we should not leave out the impact of water use on carbon emissions.
From the increased popularity of front loading washing machines, to an increased use of cold water detergents and wash cycles, consumers are becoming more attuned to energy- and water-saving technology and practices. Improvements in clothes washing are helping consumers save more energy and water than ever, but there are still significant savings to be realized in the residential sector and even more so in the largely untapped commercial laundry sector.
ACEEE and AWE Announce Award-Winning Water-Energy Efficiency Programs
Washington, D.C.—The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) today announced the first-ever awards for exceptional efficiency programs that save both energy and water. ACEEE and AWE are recognizing a total of 12 top programs including five exemplary award winners and seven honorable mentions.
Acting on the nexus between energy and water can contribute to creating efficient and livable communities. Examples of opportunities include energy and water equipment efficiency standards and local programs that co-promote electric, natural gas, and water savings. But this coordination between energy and water utilities has to date been very informal and as a result many opportunities slip between the cracks. Energy and water savings can be dramatically increased if these two communities are encouraged to work more closely together and are rewarded appropriately for success.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) earned recognition for three outstanding programs in ACEEE's latest States Stepping Forward report, which can be accessed here. The programs present unique, innovative models to hasten the market penetration of energy efficiency technologies in municipal wastewater facilities, commercial facilities, and industrial buildings.