Water Environment Federation Roadmap

HelioPower's WEF addresses recovering resources through water facilities

The WEF Roadmap

The WEF Roadmap or the Water Environment Federation Energy Roadmap helps water facilities increase on-site energy production, reduce energy consumption and focus on overall energy management. Wastewater treatment plants are not waste disposal facilities but are water resource recovery facilities that produce clean water, recover nutrients (such as phosphorus and nitrogen), and have the potential to reduce the nation's dependence on fossil fuels through the production and use of renewable energy and the implementation of energy conservation.

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Water Environment Federation Energy Framework

the water environment federation energy roadmap is used on SSF wastewater facilities

Water Environment Federation energy roadmap is a guide for Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs) to reach energy neutrality and beyond. It is structured in a series of steps that are arranged in six categories to help water and wastewater utilities plan and implement an energy program. The road map is applicable whether WRRFs choose simply to increase energy efficiency or to build a full-scale distributed generation systems. Categories range from technical needs to organizational aspects, and steps are applicable to all sizes of facilities.

The steps are arranged under six topics:

  • Strategic Management: High-level management policies and practices that lay the foundation for sustainable energy management
  • Organizational Culture: Implementation of an energy vision to create an organizational culture that values energy efficiency at all levels and supports an energy champion and cross- functional energy team
  • Communication and Outreach: Tools for effective two-way communication with key stakeholders around energy management
  • Demand Side Management: Methods to assess and reduce energy use and energy costs
  • Energy Generation: Tools for utilities to evaluate whether and how to increase onsite renewable energy production and/or investments
  • Innovating for the Future: Guidance for utilities of all sizes to leverage existing research, further in-house innovation and manage risk associated with these ventures

Case Study: Wastewater Energy Cost

South San Francisco Water Quality Control Plant, based north of the San Francisco International Airport (SFIA) alonxg the San Francisco Bay is a facility that processes wastewater for the cities of South San Francisco, San Bruno, SFIA, Burlingame and Millbrae—collectively the North Bay Side Unit (NBSU) Partners. The WQCP provides primary, secondary, and tertiary water treatment for South San Francisco and San Bruno wastewater, and tertiary treatment for the NBSU partners.

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