|Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|November 26, 2008|
Ria Convery, Communications Director
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has made a major commitment to reduce energy consumption at its facilities in an effort to to trim operating costs and to minimize the environmental impacts of its daily operations.
In a recent presentation to its Board of Directors, MWRA staff outlined on-going initiatives as well as new and planned projects.
Across the service area, MWRA is looking at siting new renewable energy projects at as many facilities as feasible while aggressively seeking out any available grant and loan funds for these projects.
The MWRA’s most energy-intensive facility by far is the Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, which treats an average of 365 million gallons of wastewater each day from 43 communities in greater Boston. It is one of the largest electricity users in the Northeast.
Deer Island currently self-generates 20% of its electricity needs and more than half of the island’s energy demand is provided by on-site, renewable generation:
MWRA’s on-going and new renewable energy programs will ensure that the agency reaches the goal of 30% by 2020 established by Governor Patrick’s Executive Order 484. MWRA received the “Leading by Example Award” from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs last fall for its renewable energy, efficiency, and recycling efforts.
Updated June 12, 2009