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IESO report aims to improve water treatment facilities’ energy efficiency

March 1, 2019 – Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has published a new report with recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of water and wastewater treatment facilities across the province.


March 1, 2019
By Peter Saunders
Peter Saunders

The report, titled ‘Market Characterization & Conservation Potential for Ontario’s Drinking Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants,’ follows research in 2018 that showed such facilities are the largest users of energy for most municipal governments, accounting for more than a third of their total consumption.

In response, the report presents a variety of options for reducing both consumption and costs, including operational and systemic changes, shifting energy use from peak to off-peak times and tapping into existing opportunities. Notably, it also recommends hiring dedicated energy managers or training in-house facility operators to do the job.

To view the full report as a PDF file, click here.