HI Contact: Mark Sullivan
Department of Environment Protection (MassDEP) recently kicked off a Pump
System Optimization Training Program in conjunction with the Hydraulic
Institute (HI) to conduct pump system optimization and pumping energy assessments
on both drinking water and wastewater facilities across the state.
represent a major load for these plants, utilizing approximately 90 percent of
electric usage for water facilities and 20 to 30 percent at wastewater
facilities. MassDEP and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
are identifying ways to increase long-term pump system efficiencies and obtain significant
life-cycle cost savings - like energy, operations, and maintenance and
reliability – to participating municipalities.
Additionally, the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts is teaming up with both Eversource, New England's largest energy provider and National Grid, an international electricity and gas company that
serves Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York, in bringing energy
incentive programs and a utility implementation plan focused on cost-effective,
electrical savings opportunities for pump systems.
“Eversource is always
looking for ways to bring new energy solutions to our customers,” said Tilak
Subrahmanian, Vice President of Energy Efficiency at Eversource. “We see this pump system initiative as a
long-term commitment to sustainable energy efficiency practices that will yield
“At National Grid, our
mission is to be a catalyst for energy savings opportunities,” notes Ram
Kondapi, Sr. Engineer / Energy Products & Services,
National Grid. “We view Pump System Optimization within the wastewater/water
sector as a clear path to improving energy efficiency in this vital sector. This effort falls in line with our efforts to
motivate our customers to take a systems approach to motor driven systems.”
A Municipal Training
Session, the first phase of the Pump System Optimization Program, was conducted
November 4, 2015 at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field
headquarters. Working with William C. Livoti (HI Subject Matter Expert on
pumping systems) and WEG Electric (HI member), HI presented a pump system
optimization strategy that identified qualified and quantified energy savings
opportunities by maximizing system performance.
The program also
presented data on how energy reduction is typically accomplished through reliability
improvements by making mechanical or control modifications to the pump systems.
This statewide initiative has targeted a 10 percent pumping reduction in electricity
(MWh), which, if met, is expected to save more than $3 million in electrical
William Livoti states,
“When pump system assessments are completed and process improvements are
implemented correctly, HI has seen facilities and plants achieve up to 20 to 40
percent in energy savings.”
A link to all the Workshop
Presentations & Materials can be found here: Massachusetts Pump System Optimization
Workshop - Water & Wastewater
Based on facility
participation from this initial outreach session, MassDEP and all of its
partners will be planning and implementing the next phase in conducting state-wide
pump system assessments.
“MWRA is pleased with
this combined Massachusetts state and utility initiative on the Pump System
Optimization process,” says David Shea, Maintenance Manager, Deer Island, MWRA.
“In addition to implementing internal training programs and ongoing pump
systems audits to decrease our energy consumption, we will continue to engage
with our local utility company on all the energy incentive programs.”
For more information on
HI Pump Systems Optimization Programs, refer to the website at www.Pumps.org or call Mark Sullivan, Director, Education
& Marketing, Hydraulic Institute at 973-349-5329.
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Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection is the
state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management
of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely
cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands
and coastal resources. For more
information, refer to http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/about/.
Massachusetts Department of Energy
Resources (DOER) develops and implements policies and programs aimed at
ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the
Commonwealth's energy supply to create a clean, affordable and resilient energy
future. For more information, refer to http://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/doer/.
Grid is international electricity and gas company based in the UK and
northeastern US. The company plays vital role in connecting millions of people
safely, reliably and efficiently to the energy they use. For more information,
refer to http://www2.nationalgrid.com/.
Eversource (NYSE: ES)
transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas for more than 3.6 million
electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New
Hampshire. Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000
employees across three states to build a single, united company around the
mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more
information, please visit www.eversource.com.
is a Massachusetts public authority established
by an act of the Legislature in 1984 to provide wholesale water and sewer
services to 2.5 million people and more than 5,500 large industrial users in 61
metropolitan Boston communities. For more information, refer to: http://www.mwra.com/.
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