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72014AnnualReportENVIRONMENTALSTEWARDSHIPServingOurCommunitiesProtectingOurPlanetMAKINGADIFFERENCEWITHALTERNATIVERENEWABLEENERGYWSSCisanenvironmentalorganizationsoourcommitmenttoprotectingtheenvironmentisattheheartofourmission.Solarpowerwindpowerhydropowerandenergy-efficientequipmentarejustafewofthetechnologiesWSSCemploystoefficientlyuseenergyduringthewaterandwastewaterprocesses.Andwerealwayslookingforinnovativecost-savingwaystomanageourwaterinfrastructureandbetterprotecttheenvironment.UsingGreenPowerNearly17000solarpanelsprovidegreenpowertotwoWSSCwastewatertreatmentplants.Thetwo-megawattMWground-mountedinstallationseachwithnearly8500solarpanelsspanningseveralacresarelocatedattheWesternBranchWastewaterTreatmentPlantinUpperMarlboroandtheSenecaWastewaterTreatmentPlantinGermantown.Bothfacilitieswentonlineinearly2014andaretheresultofapublic-privatepartnershipwithWashingtonGasEnergySystemsandStandardSolarInc.Thisprojectincurrednoout-of-pocketcostsforWSSC.Togetherthesolararraysatthetwoplantsareexpectedtogenerateapproximately6.6millionkWhofsolarenergyeachyearprovidingonaverage17percentoftherequiredelectricityandsavingratepayersapproximately3.5millionoverthelifeoftheagreement.Thesesystemsarealsoexpectedtoreducecarbondioxideemissionsequaltoavoidingtheuseofapproximately358680gallonsofgasolineeachyear.ReducingWasteUsingLessFuelTreatingwaterandwastewaterconsumesatremendousamountofenergy.Infactat2milliondollarspermonthitsoneofourlargestoperatingexpenses.ControllingenergycostsisamajorfactorincontrollingratessoWSSCisalwayslookingforefficienciesandotheremergingtechnologiesthatuselessenergyandfuel.GoingPaperlessOver106000peopleofourtotalcustomerbaseof460000havesignedupforpaperlessonlinebillpayment.ThisfreeserviceisnotonlyconvenientitreducestheamountofpaperusedbybothWSSCandourcustomersanditeliminatespostagecosts.HarnessingthePowerofWindIn2008theCommissionbeganusingelectricitygeneratedbyawindfarminsouthwesternPennsylvaniaforapproximately60000-megawatthoursofpowerayear.WSSCpaysafixedpricefor85percentofthewindfarmsoutputoverthecourseofthe10-yeararrangementendingin2018.Thissmartinvestmentingreenenergyshowsourcommitmenttoprotectingtheenvironment.ByusingdirectwindpowerWSSCisreducinggreenhousegasesreleasedintothemetropolitanareaby38000tonsperyear.Thatstheequivalentofremoving100000carsfromtheCapitalBeltway.EPARecognizesWSSCManagerforLeadershipinEnergyEfficiencyInFebruary2014theEnvironmentalProtectionAgencyEPAhonoredWSSCEnergyManagerRobertTaylorwiththenationalIndividualLeadershipAwardforhisleadershipinenergyefficiencyandgreenhousegasreduction.TaylorsworkhelpedWSSCachieveanannualenergysavingsofcloseto2million.OurClimateLeadershipAwardwinnershavemadegreatstridesinreducinggreenhousegasemissionsandareprovidingleadershipnationwideinmanysectorsofoureconomysaidJanetMcCabeoftheEPAsOfficeofAirandRadiation.Theirapproachesandcommitmenttoreducingcarbonpollutiondemonstratethateffortstoaddressclimatechangearerepaidbysavingmoneyandenergywhilesupportingmorelivableandresilientcommunities.PlanningAheadABuilt-InReviewSystemWSSCsEnvironmentalGroupadministerstheEnvironmentalReviewProgramwhichensuresthatallWSSCprojectsareplannedandimplementedwiththeenvironmentsbestinterestinmind.ThisgroupisinvolvedinWSSCsprojectsfromthestartdedicatedtoeIdentifyingpotentialenvironmentalimpactsfromallWSSCprojectseAvoidingorminimizingadverseimpactsePreservingandprotectingourwaterandforestresources.Ifwedidntconductenvironmentalreviewsduringallphasesofourprojectswewouldriskdamagetothewaterbodiesandforeststhataresomeofourregionsmostimportantnaturalassets.TheEnvironmentalGroupexaminesallpotentialimpactsthroughoutthelifeofeachprojectmakingrecommendationstoensurelittletonooveralleffectontheenvironment.Beinggoodenvironmentalstewardsiscoretoourmission.Solarandwindpowerplayalargeroleinourenergy-efficientapproachestowaterandwastewatertreatmentandwewillcontinuetostayattheforefrontofalternativeenergyandenvironmentallysoundbusinesspractices.Thisbenefitstheenvironmentourbottomlineandourratepayers.Itstherightthingtodo.JerryJohnsonGeneralManagerandCEOWSSC