Chicago water, energy costs expected to be reduced with new partnership

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and Public Building Commission of Chicago team to reduce Chicago water, energy costs.

Jul 5th, 2013

July 5, 2013 -- Water and energy costs across Chicago are expected to be reduced with a new partnership between the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC). As MWRD works toward becoming an energy-neutral organization within the next decade, it has enlisted the PBC's assistance in evaluating energy reduction opportunities at its facilities.

In 2011, the MWRD began driving down the path to energy neutrality by purchasing electricity at discounted rates through a competitive auction, installing solar panels and introducing sewerthermal technology to maximize the heat produced by the wastewater treatment process.

The Public Building Commission manages construction and renovation for the city of Chicago, and while the MWRD has had an appointee on the PBC Board since 1956, this is the first time the District and PBC are working together.

"The MWRD is excited about working together to achieve savings on behalf of taxpayers," said MWRD Chairman of Finance Mariyana Spyropoulos, the MWRD's appointee to the Public Building Commission. "It is a model of cooperation between intergovernmental agencies and it will help bring costs down."

Once agreements are finalized, the next step will include in-depth audits of how power is used at MWRD facilities. After the audits are completed, PBC will provide a detailed analysis along with recommended savings to the MWRD.

Additional information about the PBC can be found at www.pbcchicago.com. Additional information about the MWRD can be found at www.mwrd.org.

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