Energy Management

        OWASA Board seeks 35% reduction in use of purchased electricity and 5% reduction in use of natural gas by end of 2020

Energy Management at OWASA 

The Board of Directors and staff of OWASA recognize that the use of energy at our facilities impacts land, water, and air resources, and our use of fossil fuel contributes to increased greenhouse gas emissions, which have been linked to increasing climate variability which threatens human and environmental health on a global scale.  Our use of energy is also a direct expense to our customers – it costs us about $1.1 million a year. 

To reduce costs and the environmental impacts of our operations, we have completed a number of energy efficiency improvements throughout all areas of our operations.  Strategic Initiative #4 of our Strategic Plan includes developing an Energy Management Plan. The Project Charter can be viewed here

We Value Your Participation and Feedback in Our Energy Management Efforts

We welcome and appreciate your interest and participation as we develop an Energy Management Plan.  An important goal for us is to keep the community and interested stakeholders informed of our progress, and to provide opportunities for you to share your comments, questions, and feedback before adoption of a plan. 

How to Get Involved and Stay Informed 

If you’d like more information or have comments for us, or would like to be on our e-mail distribution list to receive meeting announcements and other information, please click here, then scroll to and select “energy use and management.”  You can also contact: 

Want to Meet With Us?  If you would like to meet with OWASA staff, or want us to talk about our energy management (or other topics of interest) with your civic group, homeowners association, etc., please contact Mary at the phone number or e-mail address shown above, or send an e-mail to

Interested in Attending Meetings on Our Energy Plan?  We invite you to attend meetings at which our Board of Directors or a committee of the Board will discuss the Energy Management Plan and related issues.  Our meetings are open to the public. The OWASA Board routinely receives comments from citizens with a limit of 4 minutes per speaker.  In business meetings, public comment is welcome on topics either on or not on the Board's agenda.  In work sessions, public comment is welcome on topics on the Board's agenda.  Speakers are invited to submit more detailed comments in writing, ideally at least three days in advance of the meeting, to the Clerk to the Board via e-mail or US Postal Service (Andrea Orbich/400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, NC 27510).

To see a list of upcoming meetings at which energy management is scheduled to be discussed, please click here.

To see a list of prior meetings at which the energy management was discussed, and summaries of the meetings, please click here.

Interested in Reviewing Our Energy Management Project Reports and Information?  Click here