Espanola council accepts cheque for energy initiative
: The Town of Espanola partnered with R.V.A., the local Ontario Clean Water Agency and Sault Ste. Marie PUC to install a blower to make the sewage plant more energy efficient. The Town was presented with a cheque of the savings so far on Tuesday afternoon. On hand were (l-r): Mark Britton with Sault Ste. Marie PUC, Deputy Mayor Bill Foster, councilor Heather Mallott, Mayor Jill Beer, Keith Stringer with Ontario Clean Water Agency, councilor Ray Dufour and Indra Maharjan, also with the Ontario Clean Water Agency. Photo by Rosalind Russell
Finding a way to save energy usage at the local sewage plant has added up some savings, not only in energy, but in cash, for the Town of Espanola.
A study was carried out in 2013, which determined installing a blower at the sewage plant could make it more efficient and that could add up to some savings in hydro.
In 2014, the upgrade was completed by R.V.A., an engineering and consulting firm, which estimated some 320,353 kilowatts of energy has been saved since the install.
The local Ontario Clean Water Agency also applied to Sault Ste. Marie’s PUC for energy savings incentives and between the four partners, the first cheque of nearly $27,000 in savings was presented Tuesday afternoon.
The project cost just over $148,000, but council can expect to see the payback within three years.