WSSC Energy Manager Recognized for Clean Energy Contributions
Rob Taylor Earns Maryland Clean Energy Award
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – October 15, 2014: Energy Manager Rob Taylor has earned the Maryland Clean Energy Center’s (MCEC) Excellence in Public Service Award for spearheading solar and wind power purchases for WSSC. Taylor’s efforts to include clean energy in WSSC’s energy portfolio contribute to the company’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.
“Rob Taylor’s work is exemplary for a water utility, setting standards for the industry,” said Katherine Magruder, MCEC Executive Director. “But what makes this work notable to us is the impact on the environment and our communities, as well as his continued commitment.”
Taylor manages WSSC’s clean energy initiatives, which include direct energy generated from a regional wind energy installation that accounts for 30 percent of the utilities’ power. In addition, the energy manager marshalled the inclusion of solar power systems totaling four megawatts at two of six WSSC’s six wastewater treatment plants, with future plans for an additional two - four megawatts each. As a result, WSSC is currently using more than 64 million kilowatt hours per year of renewable energy.
MCEC annually recognizes individuals who have done outstanding work to advance clean energy and energy efficiency in Maryland. The center’s awards celebrate the leadership, partnership, advocacy and overall championship of the sector. The award will be presented to Taylor today at the Maryland Clean Energy Summit luncheon in College Park, Maryland.
Taylor was also recognized for his energy-saving efforts earlier this year, when he earned the Individual Leadership Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award was presented to Taylor in February for his leadership in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction.
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.