Utility innovations reduce energy consumption

Feb 21, 2012

American Water set an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 16 percent by 2017. Its innovation development effort is reaping significant results with solar and wind projects, use of smart grid technology, ENBALA Power Networks, and implementation of its patented, energy-saving NPXpress that removes nutrients from wastewater.

American Water launched an initiative in 2007 that has introduced trend-setting, innovative technologies that reduce energy consumption, while leveraging its position as the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility to spur the industry to adopt greener practices. Starting with its own operations, the company set a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions per volume of water produced by 16 percent by 2017.

Through its Innovation Development Process, the company has tested new approaches and technologies to create greater efficiencies in water reuse, desalination, wastewater operations, and bioenergy. The initiative is set to reap significant results given numerous innovative approaches that range from tapping solar and wind power to connecting to the Smart Grid through ENBALA Power Networks of Canada to investing in the development of NPXpress, a more sustainable and affordable wastewater treatment method to remove nutrients.

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