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Establishes a participatory, collaborative organization dedicated to continual learning, 
improvement, and innovation   

 

Employee “in-reach” program established to share work experiences and ensure greater 
understanding of the utility’s key strategy relative to the Utility of the Future business model 

 

Innovation initiatives adopted that encourage risk-taking, and that are adequately funded and 
staffed   

Innovation initiatives adopted that encourage risk-taking, and that are adequately funded and staffed   

Performance Measures & Results 

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Increase daily Fats Oil and Grease (FOG) gallon goal in June 2015 from 10,000 gallons to 12,000 
gallons. Required the cooperation of operational staff, FOG venders and management and good 
customer service.    

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Goal has been met.  Tip fee income has increased 20% which will help reduce payback period for 
FOG Receiving Station.  Biogas production has also increased, which results in more consistent 
electrical and hot water production from cogen engines.  

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Obtain professional development hours to keep Oregon professional engineer licenses current  

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Goal has been met.  Plant engineers attend wastewater conference each year which features a 
wide range of educational information on the wastewater field.  Plant engineers usual present 
at the conference also.   

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Educate public and industry peers on the path to becoming Energy Net Zero  

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Goal has been met. Had public Net Zero celebration on Earth Day 2015. Developed specialized 
curriculum for 5th graders to learn about wastewater treatment plant and the production of 
renewable energy and becoming net zero.  Plant engineers give multiple presentations each 
year for different conferences in the wastewater, renewable energy, public works, and recycling 
industries regarding energy conservation and production. 

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY  

 

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

 

Energy audit/benchmarking conducted to identify priorities for energy efficiency improvements  

 

‘Energy teams’ established and individuals empowered within the utility for energy efficiency 
activities (e.g., an “energy advocate” or “energy champion”)   

 

Energy management-related training provided to plant staff 

 

Utilization of energy conserving operational methods (e.g., optimization of primary 
sedimentation to reduce utilization of pure oxygen) 

Performance Measures & Results   

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12 month running average consumption of no more than 450,000 kwh/month or 5.4 
MkWh/year – Met goal in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015  

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Fiscal vear annual average kWh/Million gallons of flow goal of 1308 kWh/Mgal - Met goal in 
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014 and 2015  

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Replace streetlights and area lights with LED bulbs - Met goal in 2016