The Economic Benefits of Infrastructure Investment, Part II: Walking Paths, Bike Trails, and Parks

The Economic Benefits of Infrastructure Investment, Part II: Walking Paths, Bike Trails, and Parks

In a previous post on this blog, we discussed the economic challenges and opportunities raised by public investments in infrastructure. In some cases, such as a new or renovated bridge, it is clear how the public benefits from infrastructure—convenience, safety, a means from here to there. In other instances, such as a new park, the [...]

A Proven Solution to Refrigerant Relief Valve Monitoring and Reporting

A Proven Solution to Refrigerant Relief Valve Monitoring and Reporting

Refrigeration systems are pressurized mechanical systems that can have a hazardous Group 2 refrigerant, such as anhydrous ammonia, contained inside. These systems require an overpressure protection device. When a release of refrigerant occurs, the event is strictly regulated. As noted previously on this blog, anhydrous ammonia is regulated by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration [...]

Posted in: Manufacturing
March 19, 2015
Using CMOM for Stormwater

Using CMOM for Stormwater

When most people think about the EPA’s capacity, management, operations, and maintenance (CMOM) program, they think about its application to wastewater. The goals of this method include proactively avoiding sanitary sewer overflows, establishing best practices for responding to overflows when they happen, and ensuring communities are able to operate their collection systems effectively. However, CMOM [...]

Posted in: Water
March 13, 2015
Laying the Foundation for Grid Modernization

Laying the Foundation for Grid Modernization

A modernized grid is the backbone of our energy economy—delivering safe, reliable, and resilient service; empowering customer choice; and providing the means to a cleaner and sustainable energy future. Across the country utilities are planning, budgeting, and building roadmaps to implement various grid modernization investments and efforts, as well as navigating regulatory commissions with the [...]

Posted in: Energy
March 9, 2015
A Successful Community Approach to Lower Flood Insurance

A Successful Community Approach to Lower Flood Insurance

The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW12), which sought to reform the nation’s nearly bankrupt National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by ending federal subsidies for insuring buildings in flood-prone areas, led to changes in how the NFIP determined flood insurance rates. Congress later modified BW12 through the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. [...]

Posted in: Environment
March 2, 2015
Successful Public/Private Partnership in Inverness, Florida

Successful Public/Private Partnership in Inverness, Florida

The City of Inverness, Florida is home to more than 7,000 residents. In 2006, the relatively small city undertook an ambitious plan to upgrade its secondary treatment facility into a SCADA-monitored, tertiary-treatment facility that that would produce public-access reclaimed water and save 700,000 gallons of water per day. The City wanted to ensure service would [...]

February 17, 2015
Modern Water Demands Require Smart Rate Setting

Modern Water Demands Require Smart Rate Setting

Water utilities today face enormous demands. As Americans, we consume more water than any other nation in the world while paying much less than most other developed countries. Standards for water quality continue to rise, but users’ rates historically have not, leaving the cost to utilities themselves or local governments. Water is undoubtedly our most [...]

Posted in: Water
February 5, 2015
Is My Facility a Good Candidate for Combined Heat and Power? [Free Whitepaper]

Is My Facility a Good Candidate for Combined Heat and Power? [Free Whitepaper]

Eight percent of electric power generated in the United States comes from Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems, which saves users over $5 billion each year in energy costs, according to the Department of Energy. However, there is the potential in this country to do a lot more. Countries such as Denmark, Finland, and the [...]

Posted in: Energy
January 29, 2015
Efficiency at the Energy-Water Nexus Offers Savings for Utilities

Efficiency at the Energy-Water Nexus Offers Savings for Utilities

The need for collaborative energy and water efficiency efforts has been recognized for at least the past couple decades, but is more important now than ever. The energy-water nexus, where energy and water needs intersect, can be a beneficial area for utilities to focus on, as it contributes to overall environmental health and savings for [...]

Posted in: Energy, Water
January 15, 2015
How to Maintain a Safe Synthetic-Turf Field

How to Maintain a Safe Synthetic-Turf Field

It is a common misconception that synthetic-turf fields do not require much in the way of maintenance. While maintenance is reduced when compared to what is necessary for natural-grass fields, it cannot be eliminated. I recently published an article on this subject in Parks and Rec Business magazine. In the article (titled, “Safeguard Your Assets”) [...]

Posted in: Environment
January 13, 2015