EPA Recognizes WSSC Manager for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

WSSC Named Top Local Government User of Renewable Energy

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Laurel – February 25, 2014: WSSC Energy Manager Robert Taylor has been given a national award by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his leadership in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. Under Taylor’s leadership, WSSC has achieved an annual savings of close to $2 million. Taylor receives the Individual Leadership Award during this evening’s Climate Leadership Awards (CLA) ceremony in San Diego, Calif.

Taylor’s efforts have resulted in huge cost savings for one of the largest water and waste water utilities in the country. Wind power, solar power, hydropower and energy efficient pumps are just a few of the technologies WSSC employs during the water and wastewater treatment processes, which require large quantities of electricity.

Through a 10-year wind power purchase agreement, WSSC receives approximately 30 percent of its electrical power from wind. WSSC is reducing greenhouse gases released into the Washington area by 38,000 tons/yr. It is the equivalent of taking 100,000 cars off the Capital Beltway. In addition, solar power systems have recently been installed at two of WSSC’s wastewater treatment plants and will provide on average 17 percent of the necessary electricity, saving ratepayers approximately $3.5 million over the life of the agreement. These systems are expected to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions equal to avoiding the use of approximately 358,680 gallons of gasoline each year.

“Robert Taylor’s work benefits the environment and our bottom line which of course benefits WSSC customers,” says Jerry N. Johnson, WSSC’s General Manager and CEO. “Being good environmental stewards is core to our mission. And while saving money helps our customers, helping the environment goes beyond that to benefit all of the people in our region. WSSC will continue to stay at the forefront of alternative energy and environmentally sound business practices. It’s the right thing to do.”

Taylor was instrumental in the development and implementation of WSSC’s Climate Action Plan in 2012, building on seven years of internal engagement and education efforts.  The plan includes WSSC’s publicly stated goal of a 50 percent reduction of GHGs by 2030 from a base year of 2005. The WSSC Greenhouse Gas Action Plan is available at here.

The EPA’s CLA is a national awards program that recognizes exemplary corporate, organizational and individual leadership in response to climate change. The Individual Leadership Award acknowledges individuals demonstrating extraordinary leadership in their organizations' response to climate change and/or affecting the responses of other organizations.

EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division is committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) through cost-effective partnerships to advance clean energy and energy efficiency across the U.S. economy. For more information, visit http://epa.gov/climatechange.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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