Wastewater plant gets good green grades

CARLSBAD — Encina Wastewater Authority announced it was ranked No. 13 in the Top 20 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Power National Top Partner list. The list highlights EPA Green Power Partners with the largest annual voluntary purchases and/or on-site usage through Nov. 1.
EWA generates nearly 11 million kilowatt hours of green electricity annually, which is enough to power 1,200 average homes. Using this renewable power source, EWA produces more than 63 percent of the electricity required by North County’s largest wastewater treatment facility.
“This is a huge honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Alan Juliussen, board chair. “Using green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is an excellent policy decision and an important choice.”
This on-site generation also qualifies EWA for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum use requirements. Green Power Leadership Club members must purchase or use 10 times the partnership’s minimum requirement organization-wide.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas and low-impact hydro. On-site green power is deployed directly at energy users’ facilities rather than at central power plants. Green power electricity generates less pollution than conventional power and produces no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
EWA is a joint powers authority owned by Carlsbad, Vista, Encinitas, Leucadia Wastewater District, Vallecitos Water District and Buena Sanitation District. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.

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