Smart Power

Cedar Rapids controls electricity costs through careful monitoring, power-saving upgrades and enrollment in the electric utility’s interruptible rate program.
Smart Power
Operator Ben Weyers uses the SCADA system to evaluate the level in each water storage tank. Weyers and Jarrek Lucke, fellow operator, have been instrumental in automating the data collection and reporting systems within the plant to optimize energy savings.

By replacing inefficient pumps and installing variable-frequency drives (VFDs), the Iowa city of Cedar Rapids has reduced power usage over the past few years. In addition, the city’s Water Division has cut electrical costs by optimizing operations at off-peak hours and earning...

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