The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently announced that it is one of eight recipients of the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices” grants. The $279,432 grant will be used to decrease energy use at municipal wastewater facilities in the State and identify potential opportunities for renewable energy generation. The Department of Commerce estimates 600 communities in Minnesota have wastewater treatment facilities in operation, and those facilities consume nearly 8.85 billion kilowatts per year of electrical energy.
The Department of Commerce says it will work with its core project partners, the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to engage municipal wastewater treatment facilities to encourage participation in training and assessment activities in order to identify significant energy efficiency projects.
To access additional information about the grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce website, click here.