Office of Energy

Energy Efficiency at Wastewater Treatment Plants

  • Wastewater Operators in Southern Illinois click HERE for information and registration for an Illinois EPA Energy at WWTPs Workshop in Carbondale on October 26.

Illinois EPA's Office of Energy is teaming up with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) to help local municipalities save energy and reduce the cost of wastewater treatment. SEDAC and ISTC will provide free energy usage assessments to publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants.

"The cost of wastewater treatment can be a significant burden for municipalities, especially when the infrastructure is aged or inappropriately sized for the community it serves," says Illinois EPA Director Alec Messina. "This partnership will help municipalities identify ways to improve their systems and realize cost savings for their communities."

The final assessment reports will break down recommendations for energy efficiency improvements at each facility. This will include information such as upfront costs for equipment upgrades or retrofits, estimated time it will take for the upgrade costs to pay-off in energy savings, and the resulting energy and monetary savings that could result from upgrades and retrofits. Similar assessments would ordinarily cost municipalities between $6,000 and $12,000.

To learn more about Water Treatment Plants, visit SEDAC’s Fact Sheet. To learn more about the partnership with SEDAC, eligibility for the program, or the application, visit SEDAC's Wastewater Program page.

The Illinois Energy Conservation Code Training & Technical Support

Illinois EPA has partnered with SEDAC to provide energy code training and technical support directed at code officials and construction industry professionals throughout Illinois. The Illinois Energy Conservation Code sets a standard for all commercial and residential buildings to follow. It is designed to protect the environment by reducing energy consumption, reducing air pollution, and stabilizing energy costs for buildings. T o learn more about training for the code, visit SEDAC's Energy Code Training page.

Illinois Energy Conservation Code

The Illinois Energy Conservation Code includes the Energy Efficient Building Act which provides the state its first energy code for commercial and residential buildings. The Energy Efficient Building Act requires buildings to follow the energy code for construction as well as all renovations or updates. It is designed to help protect the environment by reducing energy consumption. Implementing the Code will allow for a reduction in air pollution, moderate energy demand, and stabilize energy, electric, oil, and gas supply costs.

Clean Energy Innovation Fund

Clean Energy Trust (CET) manages the Illinois Clean Energy Innovation Fund, a revolving investment fund seeded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Money from the Fund has been allocated toward making direct investments in high-potential, early-stage Illinois-based cleantech companies.

The Fund is designed to recycle returns on investments into new investments. The goal is to create an “evergreen” funding model that can persist into the future and provide needed early-stage capital to promising cleantech ventures.

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