Energy Assessment Program

The Illinois EPA Office of Energy has teamed up with SEDAC and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) to help local municipalities reduce the cost of wastewater treatment since 2018. SEDAC and ISTC provide a no-cost energy usage assessments to publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants. Assessment reports break down recommendations for energy efficiency improvements at each facility, including information such as upfront costs for equipment upgrades or retrofits, simple payback periods, and the resulting energy and monetary savings. Similar assessments would ordinarily cost municipalities between $6,000 and $12,000.

Learn more by reading our Wastewater Treatment Plant Assessment Program Brochure.

Eligibility

To qualify for an assessment, a wastewater treatment facility must:

  1. Be located in Illinois and owned by the State of Illinois or an Illinois unit of local government;
  2. Allow SEDAC and ISTC access to the treatment facility;
  3. Be willing to share facility information with SEDAC, ISTC and Illinois EPA; and
  4. Share the final assessment report with the Illinois EPA.

Get started

Fill out an application to get started and we'll follow up within two business days.

Workshops and Events

Attend our live virtual chat, "Energy Efficiency and Wastewater Treatment Plants: Live Q&A with SEDAC Engineers!" on May 13, 2020 from 11 am to 12:00 pm. 

Learn more and register.

Past workshops

Watch SEDAC's webinar, "Impact of Energy Efficiency on WWTP Operations and Budgets," delivered April 28, 2020.

SEDAC partnered with the Illinois EPA Office of Energy and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) to offer workshops for wastewater operators 10/29/2019 in Peoria, IL,  11/5/2019 in Effingham, IL, and 10/26/2018 at the SIU School of Law. Please see the event presentations below:

Assessed Facilities Map

Resources

Village of Annawan Wastewater Treatment Plant

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WWTP Case Study

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Energy Smart Tips for Wastewater Treatment Plants

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