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Operating Sustainable and Resilient Wastewater Treatment Plants with Combined Heat and Power

September 20, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wastewater treatment plants are an integral part of the critical infrastructure of a municipality or county. The ability of these facilities to operate, especially during severe weather events, is essential to the environmental and human health and safety of the communities these plants serve. Combined heat and power (CHP) has the ability to provide resilient, low carbon energy for the safe operations of these facilities, even during times of electric grid outage. Currently, only five wastewater treatment plants in Florida have CHP systems, with a total capacity of 15.1 MW. According to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) CHP Technical Potential study, Florida has an additional 19 MW of WWTP technical potential at 35 sites across the state. This represents a substantial opportunity for counties and municipalities to reduce energy consumption, advance sustainability goals while at the same time creating a resilient source of energy to operate a critical infrastructure facility.

This webinar will bring together stakeholders and end-users to address the important role that CHP has in advancing sustainable and resilient wastewater treatment plants in Florida and across the region. A representative from Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department (a SWIFt partner) will discuss their system’s two CHP installations and the benefits that this utility has realized from their operation. The Florida Office of Energy will speak about the ongoing wastewater facility energy efficiency program and about the importance of energy security at facilities such as WWTPs. Will Rice of Charlotte Water will present on how to utilize the State Clean Water Revolving Fund for CHP and energy efficiency. The webinar will also include a presentation from the Southeast CHP TAP on the overall benefits of CHP, particularly at critical infrastructure sites and the technical assistance available through the Southeast CHP TAP to help in evaluating CHP as an option for wastewater treatment/recovery facilities.

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September 20, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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US DOE Southeast Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership
NC Clean Energy Technology Center

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