Wednesday 8:30 AM
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Room: Illinois

Capital Assistance Grant Funding Availability for Energy Efficient Projects

Due to the difficult economic conditions that many municipalities currently face, energy efficient projects that lead to a decrease in energy usage for years to come can be very beneficial. However, these energy efficient projects have to compete for limited funding dollars with other infrastructure improvement projects that may serve a more pressing need for the municipality. The State of Illinois has numerous agencies that provide grant funding for energy efficiency projects. Energy efficient grant opportunities are available for installing new energy efficient equipment like, energy efficient lighting, HVAC equipment, new motors, variable frequency drives, as well as custom projects that do not fall into any of those categories. Greeley and Hansen performed an aeration blower technology evaluation for the Fox River Water Reclamation District (FRWRD) and quantified the benefits of installing a new high efficiency turbo blower at FRWRDs West Sewage Treatment Plant. Multiple energy efficient grant funding sources were identified and applications were sent to multiple state agencies to secure grant funding and reduce the payback period for the project.

Moderator:  Jerry Bever


Ryan Christopher - Greeley and Hansen

Mr. Christopher has over 4 years of engineering experience in wastewater design and construction. He is currently a project manager at Greeley and Hansen, a leading environmental consulting engineering firm dedicated to the water and wastewater industry. He has served as project manager for a several wastewater engineering planning, design, and construction projects for public utilities and agencies.

He has been a member the Water Environment Federation and Illinois Water Environment Association since 2010 and has been actively involved in numerous WEF and Young Professional activities.

Mr. Christopher received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in 2007. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois.