Motivations For Wastewater Treatment Plants To Move Towards Zero-Net Energy


Felice Mancini, Sanara K. Marsh, Corey A. Richards, Hayden S. Small


United States Department of Energy


James Hanlan, Paul Davis


October – December 2014

Project Outcomes

Final Report


This project aimed to help the U.S. DOE identify motivating and dissuading factors for wastewater treatment plants to achieve zero-net energy operation. To accomplish this we interviewed representatives from treatment plants and assistance programs and determined internal and external influences for the implementation of energy efficient and energy generating technologies and processes. We concluded that stakeholder communication, technical uncertainty, funding availability, and energy management affect rationale for zero-net energy efficiency and made recommendations to the DOE based on our findings.