New Techniques to Analyze Energy Use and Inform Sustainable Planning, Design, and Operation of Public Water Systems

May 2018 | Robert B. Sowby

This work offers three original contributions to help water systems manage their energy use and operate more sustainably: 1) a panel survey of annual, utility-scale energy intensities for over 100 U.S. water utilities; 2) a statistical model that predicts a water system’s energy use as a function of a few accessible variables and facilitates energy benchmarking; and 3) a high-resolution method to model energy use within a water distribution network to inform energy management decisions at multiple scales.

Dissertation, University of Utah