MMSD developed a sustainability plan, SeWeR: Sustainable Water Reclamation (February 2012) founded 
upon the 2035 Vision and an integrated, systems approach to problem solving with a sustainable 
bottom line as a guiding principle for planning, design and operational decisions. The sustainability plan 
outlines a comprehensive vision of which energy efficiency and energy generation and reuse are key 
components. Overarching goals for energy usage were set: 1) conserve energy through all capital 
projects by considering energy efficiency in all projects and operation and new decision-making tools 
and smart grid technologies and 2) seek renewable energy sources to meet energy needs through 
existing renewable energy projects, new sources of renewable energy, and consider ways to support 
innovation in the field. 

In alignment with the sustainability policy for procurement, recent vehicle procurements have brought 
more than a dozen vehicles onto the fleet using advanced and alternative fuels: compressed natural gas, 
hybrid gas/electric, and electric.  

A comprehensive Energy Plan was completed January 2016 that details and evaluates viable pathways 
by which MMSD could achieve net energy independence by 2035. The plan outlines how MMSD’s 
energy goals can be achieved through a combination of demand-side management and energy 
generation alternatives.  

Baseline study of energy use and progress to date toward achieving MMSD’s goals was undertaken as 
part of the Energy Plan, the gap between existing energy use and the goals was quantified, and 95 
alternatives to bridge the gap identified. The 95 alternatives were then prioritized using monetary and 
nonmonetary criteria with 37 determined to be most effective with 19 recommended for further 
planning evaluation for potential implementation. 

The Energy Integration Team was formed in 2010 to advance recommendations detailed in the Energy 
Plan. The team meets every six weeks and reports on progress to goals, research, and actionable 
updates to Energy Plan spreadsheet. The interdepartmental team includes staff from Technology 
Services; Milorganite®; and Planning, Research and Sustainability Departments and staff from MMSD’s 
contracted operator, Veolia Water Milwaukee. 

An assessment of MMSD’s progress toward the WEF Energy Roadmap characteristics was conducted in a 
workshop as part of the development of the goals and objectives for the Energy Plan. 

MMSD has implemented a metering project with the installation of approximately 40 power monitors 
on electrical gear at JI WRF and SS WRF, grouped by priority, which will provide data to assist in 
developing an accurate electrical consumption distribution profile that can be analyzed through time 
and space.  The data will provide the necessary information to increase the confidence of optimization 
efforts and capital project assessments aimed at improving facility efficiency. 

A Hach Wims Based Energy Dashboard was developed for Jones Island and South Shore Energy 
Management. The Energy Dashboard will give daily, hourly and monthly data for fuel and electricity 
used, generated and purchased as well as the ability to monitor the quantity and quality of landfill gas 
and digester gas. In addition, a comprehensive energy and greenhouse gas data management tool for 
predictive and scenario-based decision-making in planning/design for about 5 years came on line in the 
first quarter of this year.