Cohort Training Program

Energy Savings for Wastewater Plants: Cohort Training Program


The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is offering a cohort based training focused on identifying and implementing low and no cost improvements that reduce energy consumption at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), without sacrificing plant effectiveness at meeting discharge limits.

Target Audience

Lead wastewater treatment plant operators at municipal WWTPs treating flows up to 10 MGD.  Operators will receive 16 direct wastewater contact hours by completing this MPCA accredited course.

What You Will learn

The course will teach wastewater operations staff the basics about energy use in their facilities, assist them in implementing the first energy conservation project and leave the operations staff with a tangible plan for continuous energy efficiency improvement.

Training will be conducted with a cohort of five WWTP operators that are located in the same geographic area. There are four in person training modules and two conference calls to assess site energy use and develop energy efficiency strategies.

Training Topics Include:

  • Energy benchmarking using B3 – learn how your site compares with other for energy use
  • Secondary Aeration Analysis and Training – identify strategies to optimize blower performance
  • Biosolids Aeration Analysis and Training – identify strategies to optimize blower performance
  • Continuous Improvement – develop a site action plan for future energy efficiency opportunities

Continuous Improvement Guest Speakers:

  • DOE Midwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP)
  • DOE Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure Accelerator (SWIFt)
  • Minnesota Rural Water Association (MRWA)
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Xcel Energy

More Information

For more information on the training program and registration, please fill out the form below and a MnTAP staff member will connect with you.

Funding Source and Additional Resources

The Minnesota Department of Commerce (MDC) has provided grant funding for this project. In addition, MDC has developed a web resource with case studies and resources for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy storage at wastewater treatment plants in Minnesota.