Project #1404

A Guide to Net-Zero Energy Solutions for Water Resource Recovery Facilities

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Lauren Fillmore M.S.
Black & Veatch
Utility Management
Energy Optimization
Resource Recovery


Energy neutrality for the domestic wastewater industry is within reach, and this project contributes greatly to the industry’s understanding of the complexities, opportunities, and challenges that face water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) as they strive for energy neutrality. The goal of this collaborative project with NYSERDA is to help WRRFs quickly assess their energy management performance and move toward “net-zero” energy use through current best practices and proven technologies in the areas of energy efficiency, demand reduction, and onsite renewable energy production. The study investigated the energy neutrality potential of these facilities through detailed modeling of the energy flows around and between individual unit processes. Published in 2015.

This project was a collaborative effort between WERF and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Originally funded as WERF project ENER1C12.