Free Water And Wastewater Energy Efficiency Training Is July 22-25

Monday, July 15, 2013

In coordination with a Tennessee Energy Education initiative, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs and Division of Water Resources have partnered with SAIC Energy, Environment and Infrastructure, LLC to offer free energy efficiency training to members of Tennessee’s water and wastewater treatment systems statewide.

Training sessions will take place at three locations across the state July 22-25 and will be divided into daytime and evening sessions. The daytime sessions will be geared toward water and wastewater system operators, providing a fundamental understanding of energy consumption and the skills needed to identify opportunities and estimate savings in water and wastewater systems distribution, collection and treatment. This hands-on, interactive course will demonstrate to operators how to estimate energy consumption of system equipment and how to estimate savings resulting from proposed projects, among other valuable tips. In addition, the course is approved for operator continuing education units. Full-day training sessions will be offered at the following locations:

· July 22: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Jackson Energy Authority Training Center, 320 Highway 45 By-Pass in Jackson

· July 24: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Fleming Training Center, 2022 Blanton Drive in Murfreesboro

· July 25: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at UT Conference Center, 600 Henley Street in Knoxville

The evening session will be structured for administrators, grant writers, board members and city council members. This session will offer information on incorporating energy into system management decisions, developing key performance indicators and benchmark systems and how to utilize utility rebate programs. Evening training will be offered at the following locations:

· July 22: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Jackson Energy Authority Training Center, 320 Highway 45 By-Pass in Jackson

· July 23: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Fleming Training Center, 2022 Blanton Drive in Murfreesboro

· July 25: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at UT Conference Center, 600 Henley Street in Knoxville

“We are pleased to provide practical training to help both operators and financial decision-makers learn how to conserve energy and reduce the high costs of water and wastewater operations,” Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian said.

Registration is available online at

With more than 2,900 employees working across the state, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is a diverse and dynamic department, serving the state by (1) safeguarding the health and safety of Tennessee citizens from environmental hazards; (2) protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee's land, air and water; and (3) managing Tennessee’s 54 state parks, 83 natural areas and a variety of historical or archaeological sites.  For more information about the department, please visit    

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