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Des Moines Metropolitan
Wastewater Reclamation Authority
3000 Vandalia Road
Des Moines, IA 50317


City of Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Facility to Implement ARRA Funded Energy Software System


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For Immediate Release: January 13, 2011                              
Media Contact: Don Tormey, 515-725-0428
City of Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Facility to Implement ARRA Funded Energy Software System
DES MOINES -The City of Des Moines Wastewater Treatment plant will be one of the first in the nation to implement energy efficiency measures as part of an effort to reduce energy costs. The Des Moines plant will investigate current energy usage and the greatest opportunities in saving energy dollars with the help of an innovative new software system (ASE - Asset Sustainability Edition).
Through an $83,225 grant awarded by the Iowa Office of Energy Independence and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the city is now ready to integrate the new software by focusing on plant operations and maintenance. Energy efficiency gains will be achieved through the performance monitoring of the motors, pumps, and blowers. In addition, the facility will establish a profile of their energy usage, including measuring equipment data, run time, kilowatt per hour usage, and amps.
With the interface of the software tracking program, work flow and an equipment operating mode will be established, allowing the system to monitor the equipment’s performance and readily identify issues that require maintenance, leading to energy savings of up to 20%. The project starts in early 2011 and the facility anticipates $41,584 in annual energy savings with reduced maintenance and repairs costs.
“ASE provides the capability to monitor, in real time, the key operating parameters and health statistics for the plant's major assets,” said Bill Miller, Des Moines Wastewater Facility ASE-EAM System Administrator. “The ability to view and manage the total operating condition, including energy usage, plus maintenance, allows the organization to optimize the use of these high cost assets, and minimize the impact on the plant, the environment and the citizenship of the service area.”
The Office of Energy Independence (OEI) sets the strategic direction for Iowa’s clean energy future by identifying goals to achieve desired results. The office will align state government efforts for achieving energy independence through partnerships with business and industry, community leaders, government and public agencies, and other stakeholders.  

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