Powering the water market

We help water companies drive efficiency, meet regulatory requirements and deliver the optimal experience for their customers, while enabling them to unleash the innovation that will drive a more sustainable future.

Meeting the many demands of water regulators, consumers, environmental groups and shareholders is undeniably challenging. We deliver a combination of innovative energy technology and end-to-end energy solutions required to deliver increased efficiency, reliable supply and reduced carbon emissions.
42 billion gallons of water a day are used across the US to support daily personal and business life. Water shortages or degradation of water quality can have a devastating impact on communities and businesses. A cost effective, reliable and sustainable water supply is critical.

The pressures on water companies

A successful US water industry is critical to the health and prosperity of the nation. However, the industry will be increasingly challenged as it faces the need to invest heavily in renewal and replacement of aging infrastructure, while finding new sources of supply to meet growing demand, addressing affordability concerns and continues to meet tough environmental regulations.

  • The drive for efficiency – with public funding constrained, stakeholders resistant to higher bills and environmental regulations allowing for no compromise on water quality standards, driving greater efficiency is essential if water companies are to fund the investments. Energy is a key area where water firms should be looking to improve efficiency.
  • The need for resilience – water and wastewater facilities are a critical part of the national infrastructure and failures in supply are unacceptable to consumers and regulators. There is a heavy dependence on energy to keep pumping, water treatment and waste management systems working – having a secure and reliable energy supply is clearly essential.
  • Building a sustainable industry – many states and municipalities have committed to ambitious carbon reduction targets, water companies are increasingly expected to report on – and take action to reduce – their greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon. Reducing carbon footprint is also a publicly stated commitment from water companies as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility goals.
  • Innovating for improved performance – innovation will be key to enabling the industry to meet the challenges of the next decade. Without innovation, it will be impossible for companies to simultaneously invest in infrastructure renewal, improve resilience, control costs and satisfy regulatory requirements.

What role does energy have to play?

New approaches to generating and managing energy have an important role to play in enabling the water industry to respond to the challenges it faces.

  • Energy insights solutions can help to identify current operational inefficiencies and risks, informing a data-driven approach to running a water operation
  • On-site generation and storage technologies improve operational resilience and reduce the costs of consuming energy from the grid
  • Renewable energy technologies, such as solar, reduce carbon emissions and lower costs
  • Demand Response programs enable water firms to generate new revenue streams from on-site assets and access incentives for managing grid consumption
  • Flexible funding models and innovative commercial contracts help water companies overcome the capex constraints that often prevent them from deploying more efficient energy technology and also provide certainty over future returns
  • Working with the right partners will be key to enabling water companies to unlock the opportunities presented by energy
30%
Energy costs are typically 25–30% of a water company's operating costs
$105bn
Estimated additional funding required by the water and waste water market by 2025
45Mt
Drinking and waste water systems are approx 2% of energy use, adding over 45Mt of greenhouse gases per year
Energy enables the water industry of the future

New approaches to generating and managing energy have an important role to play in enabling the water industry to respond to the challenges it faces. There are four key areas water companies need to focus on.

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Innovate for improved performance
Innovation is key to ensuring a profitable and sustainable future. The market needs to start driving innovation through better use of data. Through improved big data and analytics, firms can get a better understanding of their systems, manage risk proactively, drive increased operational efficiency and extract greater value from existing assets. Energy insights enable a data driven approach to running a water operation, and demand response programs can help water firms to generate new revenue streams from on-site assets.
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Energy efficiency to satisfy stakeholder
Given that investors need to see a healthy return, and environmental regulations allow for no compromise on quality standards, the only way to achieve lower operating costs is by driving greater efficiency . Newer energy technologies such as CHP, solar and demand response offer significant opportunities to reduce energy costs and generate revenue to offset energy costs.
less cost, more revenue.
Improve resilience to ensure supply
Water and sewage facilities are a part of the critical national infrastructure and failures in supply are unacceptable to consumers and regulators. The importance of resilience is reinforced by the increasing focus on outcomes and customer satisfaction within the mechanisms used to determine financial returns. On-site generation and storage solutions reduce reliance on the grid, and energy insights provide early warning of potential equipment failures.
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Build a sustainable future
As part of the regulatory framework, water companies need to report on – and take action to reduce – their greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon. Many have made public commitments to significantly reduce their carbon footprint as part of their corporate social responsibility goals. Renewable energy technologies, such as solar, reduce carbon emissions as well as lower costs.
1,200
Number of wireless sensors installed across water companies to provide real-time energy data
44%
% of US water companies that have so far implemented an energy efficiency program. If they have the majority have achieved >5% cost reductions.
22MW
Solar installed in water company sites, generating 20GWh of electricity and saving 7,800 metric tons of CO2