CK PUC staff receiving cheque Chief Operator Stew Bechard, Entegrus Daniel Josling, GM Tim Sunderland, Area Manager Robin DudleyChatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission (CK PUC) staff accept a cheque from Entegrus for the Blower Upgrade Project at the Chatham WPCP in the amount of $116,779.87 thanks to the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Save on Energy (SOE) Program.

In 2015, CK PUC replaced one of four 300 Hp blowers at the Chatham Wastewater Treatment Facility located at 100 Irwin St, Chatham. The blower that was replaced had been installed in 2004 and maintained oxygen to the biological treatment process of the wastewater plant.

“CK PUC continuously looks at plant optimizations, and this project created electricity savings by upgrading to an APG-Neuros turbo blower”, stated Tim Sunderland, General Manager of CK PUC.  “We worked with the Conservation Department at Entegrus to take advantage of government incentives through the Save on Energy program for this project.”

“Entegrus provided assistance to CK PUC by preparing the incentive application, and by calculating the electricity savings that CK PUC could realize,” stated Jim Hogan, President and CEO of Entegrus.  

The project cost was $235,000 to replace the inefficient blower. Upgrades to this equipment resulted in an annual cost avoidance of $135,683.50, which is estimated at 1,356,835 kWh (enough to supply 150 average houses per year).

CK PUC Administration and staff (UNIFOR 2003E) worked together to meet the tight timelines for this project and attributes its success to the excellent working relationship between Administration, PUC staff and Entegrus. The project was started in the spring of 2015 and completed in December 2015.