Since asset management is not well funded in many small- to medium-sized utilities, the federal government, private organizations, state agencies, and utilities (energy and water) seek creative solutions to this infrastructure funding problem.
Recent efforts have focused on innovative public-private partnerships, creating new opportunities for investors interested in building resiliency and energy efficiency.
Energy savings performance contracts (ESPC) can be a useful option to enable a water utility to undertake a significant energy/water efficiency improvement by paying the contractor back over time using the funds saved.
For information on how these contracts work and examples of successful partnerships, visit:
- NEMA EWS 1.2 Use of Performance Contracts for Advancing Efficiency in Water Infrastructure
- NEMA EWS 1.5 U.S. Water-Related Infrastructure Needs and Potential Funding Opportunities
- EPA: Introduction to Energy Performance Contracting
- DOE: Energy Savings Performance Contracting
- EPA: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)
- EPA: Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants
Energy efficiency and cost saving opportunities in lighting may be overlooked when focusing on water-related energy efficiency. Advancements in lighting energy efficiency and ease of installation and control can enable substantial cost savings in administrative and other large buildings.
As part of a comprehensive efficiency improvement plan, savings from quickly-repaid lighting retrofits can balance the purchase and installation of capital equipment with longer payback periods (e.g., motors and pumps). Simple occupancy and vacancy sensors added to lighting at remote stations can reduce unintended long hours of use from lighting being left on by mistake.
Numerous other improvements are possible. For more information visit NEMA at www.buildingtoolkit.org/lighting
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