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Community Member Since: 2016 Population: 7,671 Area: 10.30 sq miles

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Montpelier Wastewater Recovery Facility Energy Improvements
Asking the Right Question: by refusing to be satisfied with established practices, the plant team in Vermont's capital has slashed energy use and helped the city toward its net zero goal. In his five years at the Montpelier Water Resource Recovery Facility, Chris Cox has learned the value of asking one simple question: “Is this how it has to be?” Since 2010, that question has helped the plant staff cut total energy use almost in half. That helped the plant win the 2015 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and the 2014 Energy Management Award from Efficiency Vermont, which has helped in the energy reductions over the last six years. The assistance has included funding for projects and an energy audit in December 2013. “That helped get the ball rolling, and it got all the operators thinking about being more energy conscious,” says Cox. “We took what they had and went running with it.” Most of the success has come from about 16 small projects over the last three years at the city’s conventional activated sludge plant (3.97 mgd design/1.8 mgd average flow). Cox became chief operator last summer and gives much of the credit for the energy savings to his predecessor, Bob Fischer. Average daily electrical use has been reduced by 34 percent in six years, from 5,040 kWh in 2008 to 3,350 kWh in 2014. In the last five years, the plant cut its average gasoline use by 50 percent, from 30,000 gallons in 2010 to 15,000 gallons a year today. Download the full article from TPO Operator (May 2016) to read more...
Energy Reductions vs. Receiving Increases
Energy usage at the Water Resource Recovery Facility has dropped dramatically despite a large increase in the number of gallons treated annually.