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ENERGY GENERATION & RECOVERY 

 

Indication of management commitment (e.g., standard operating procedures; board/executive 
management renewable energy conversion policy, including quantitative goals developed and 
shared with stakeholders)   

 

Internal energy sources evaluated (e.g., biogas, hydropower, heat in wastewater), and/or 
renewable energy sources evaluated on an ongoing basis (e.g., solar, wind, co-digestion)  

 

Recovery of digester gas in a combined heat and power (CHP) system, and boilers in place (for 
process and building heating)   

 

Conversion of digester biogas to electricity and heat, and/or transportation fuel Yes   

 

Solar panels, wind turbines, heat recovery, in conduit hydro, and/or hydroelectric power 
generation systems installed  

UOSA has septage and FOG receiving stations in place 

A combined heat and power cogeneration unit has been installed to generate electricity and recover 
heat to preheat anaerobic digester feed stream. 

UOSA’s Executive Management has established a Sustainability Policy and sponsored a Sustainability 
Team 

UOSA’s Executive Management has published a Fiscal Sustainability Plan 

Performance Measures & Results 

Your Performance Measure(s) 

Your Results (quantitative or qualitative) 

Reduced non-renewable energy use and carbon footprint 
(e.g., percent of non-renewable energy use reduction, 
percent of greenhouse gas emissions reduction)  

Reduced non-renewable energy use by 38% since 2005; 
Reduced carbon footprint (CO2

equiv

) by 27% since 2005; 

See previous Section 

Reduced reliance on the power grid (e.g., percent 
reduction of energy utilization coming from the grid), and 
corresponding reduced vulnerability to climate change and 
energy price fluctuations 

38% reduction since 2005; 
See previous Section 

Cost savings (avoided energy costs)  

$4,956,547 since 2005 

Sequestering quantifiable amounts of carbon  

CO2 

equiv

 emissions have been reduced by 55,785 tons since 

2005 

Percent of total plant power demand that is generated on-
site from renewable sources 

CHPCU produces about 17% of the total plant power 
requirements from renewable biogas.