Industry News & Opinion

October 12, 2021 – Water pipes hold flood of untapped electricity potential

Why it’s important: Recognition of this market segment is growing in importance as we seek to upgrade water infrastructure to be “Energy Recovery Ready!”

April 2, 2020 – Democrats Seek Water, Grid Funding in Next Virus Stimulus Bill

Why it’s important: Putting people back to work re-building water infrastructure in a smart & sustainable way can create a circular economic benefit!

March 31, 2020 – Infrastructure bill gains new steam as coronavirus worsens

Why it’s important: Water systems can be reinvented to become energy recovery ready powering new applications to empower our citizens and economy.

March 25, 2020 – To Save Local Governments, It’s Finally Time for Infrastructure Week Storm

Why it’s important: The impact of the coronavirus crisis can be eased with a focus on local infrastructure including water systems creating new jobs and basis for recover.  Leadership and vision is key!

February 11, 2019 – EPA Accelerates Water Infrastructure Investment – Storm Water Solutions

Why it’s important: State Revolving Fund programs are emphasizing projects that include energy efficiency and recovery.

October 19, 2018 – China has made a shocking food production discovery – electro culture – World Economic Forum

Why it’s important: If electricity becomes a larger part of growing food in the future, then in-pipe hydro can supply the voltage required at the electrified greenhouses.

October 24, 2018 – President Donald Trump Signs Water Infrastructure Law – Water & Wastewater Digest

Why it’s important: The bill authorizes federal funding for water infrastructure projects including upgrades in wastewater, drinking and irrigation systems, a perfect opportunity to upgrade in a smart and sustainable way including in-pipe hydro applications.

October 12, 2018 – Senate Clears Water Infrastructure Bill for Trump’s Signature – Transport Topics

Why it’s important: The key to expanding  in-pipe hydro will be in water infrastructure programs that seek more energy efficiency upgrades while improving vaults and piping.

May 15, 2018 – EPA Extends Deadline To Apply For A WIFIA Water Infrastructure Loan – Water Online

Why it’s important: Extended to July 31 and includes energy recovery application for pressure regulator and flow control vaults

April 18, 2018 – Water infrastructure: Today’s funding for tomorrow’s needs – Brookings

Why it’s important: Reinvention for resiliency with green infrastructure is highlighted.  If we are to spend a $trillion, let’s do it wisely!

April 4, 2018 – EPA Announces New Funding For Water Infrastructure Project– Water Online

Why it’s important: Note the emphasis on enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities.  Rentricity can support the application process for energy recovery projects in various parts of water distribution.

March 21, 2018 – A Sea of Change in Water Infrastructure Funding – WaterWorld

Why it’s important: How the $200 billion is allocated is important and likely to include EPA.  Getting shovel ready and adding sustainable infrastructure components will be a success factor for 2019.

February 13, 2018 – Water Infrastructure Among Few EPA Winners in Trump Budget Plan  – Bloomberg News

Why it’s important: 2018 will be a formative year for water infrastructure programs that should take hold in 2019.  Getting shovel ready and adding sustainable components to projects will be a key success factor!

October 30, 2017 – Senate approves Fischer bill to give state, local governments more flexibility to invest in water infrastructure – Ripon Advance

Why it’s important: Green infrastructure is being emphasized by EPA who needs more funding support to assist the re-build of the US water infrastructure.

August 22, 2017 – EPA Awards $70M To Finance Water Infrastructure Improvements In New Jersey – WaterWorld

Why it’s important: In-pipe Hydropower upgrades are applicable to the EPA State Revolving Fund programs; eligible for low interest EPA loans.

August 22, 2017 – It’s Crucial to Upgrade America’s Water Infrastructure – Scientific American

Why it’s important: Concrete and pipe alone will not do it.  We need to develop and test new concepts and technology strategy for water infrastructure. We need new approaches that invest in technologies that promote water-energy efficiency.  We need In-pipe Hydropower!

August 3, 2017 – Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge 2017

Why it’s important: Showing leadership at the City level will be key to evolving our infrastructure to a net-zero energy basis.  This is an important program for all US cities!

June 29, 2017 – McMorris Rodgers bill aims to speed hydropower relicensing and increase production – The Ripon Advance

Why it’s important: If the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 passes, it could make hydropower synonymous with solar and wind receiving the same benefits at the federal and state level.  It includes provisions that will benefit small in-pipe hydropower!

June 26, 2017 – US mayors back plan for cities to use only renewable energy – ABC News

Why it’s important: Cities can now add in-pipe hydropower to their toolbox for renewable, clean energy and supporting climate change goals.

May 30, 2017 – Webcast: Recovering energy through hydropower – WaterWorld

Why it’s important: Kurt Johnson of the Western Small Hydropower Association has articulated the “third leg of the stool” in renewable energy: Energy Recovery Hydropower.

May 22, 2017 – After Flint, Congress works to push green water infrastructure – Washington Examiner

Why it’s important: As we build our water infrastructure we need to use systems that are NSF-61 and 372 certified to assure all materials that face the drinking water will not harm consumers.  Rentricity’s Flow-to-Wire systems maintain this certification to assure a “green water infrastructure” upgrade with energy recovery.

May 12, 2017 – WIFIA and the US Water Infrastructure Gap

Why it’s important: This is a great broadcast from Chadbourne covering the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, “WIFIA,” which will fund energy efficiency enhancements to water infrastructure.

February 8, 2017 –Energy  Recovery in Existing Water Networks: Towards Greater Sustainability

Why it’s important: Pump-as-Turbine (PAT) are receiving increasing attention by the scientific community because of their high efficiency and low costs as an alternative to traditional custom hydropower systems.

February 2, 2017 –Energy harvesting from municipal water management systems

Why it’s important: Daniele Novara provides an excellent review and justification for off the shelf Pump-as-Turbines to recover wasted energy within water infrastructure.

January 10, 2017 – Cuomo proposes $2 billion for state water infrastructure

Why it’s important: New York State is a leader in infrastructure and renewable energy.  Programs of this type will augment federal programs to upgrade water infrastructure.

January 10, 2017 – EPA Announces $1B In Loans Available For Water Infrastructure Projects

Why it’s important: Using long-term, low interest loan programs will be a necessary best practice for water operators seeking to upgrade infrastructure.  Adding a sustainable components, such as in-pipe hydropower, will make project proposal more distinctive.

January 4, 2017 – Innovation Has Arrived…Now We Need Investment and Capital

Why it’s important: Infrastructure will be a theme in the coming months and years as our new administration creates programs for upgrades.  Getting shovel-ready and adding sustainable components to your infrastructure upgrades will be a critical success factor

November 3, 2016 – 13 Urgent Science and Health Issues the Candidates Have Not Been Talking about

Why it’s important: Both water and clean energy are highlighted in this article.  There is a need for alignment in policy, technology and economics to support the upgrade of water infrastructure in a smart and sustainable way.

September 26, 2016 – Irvine Ranch WD Partners with Private Company on Energy Storage

Why it’s important: In-pipe hydropower can energize energy storage systems providing less reliance on traditional energy sources with superior energy generation capacity in comparison to solar and wind energy.

August 2, 2016 – Pumped Storage Hydropower – Next Energy Source

Why it’s important: Rentricity supports the conclusion of this article.  There are tens of thousands of locations in the United States throughout drinking, irrigation and industrial water that are addressable with cost effective micro hydropower solutions.

July 22, 2016 – Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources (NPR)

Why it’s important: Data centers are part of the water/energy nexus using tremendous amounts of water to cool.  In fact, Apple recently implemented a micro-hydro system to offset electricity costs and Microsoft is exploring putting data centers in the ocean.  Rentricity’s systems can easily capture wasted energy from pipelines delivering water to data centers offering facilities managers another renewable energy alternative.

June 28, 2016 – 5,300 U.S. water systems are in violation of lead rules (CNN)

Why it’s important: This article from CNN highlights the need for water system upgrades. There are over 5,300 water systems in the U.S., serving over 18,000,000 Americans, that are in violation of EPA regulations regarding lead and copper. Rentricity’s safe drinking water, low lead certified equipment can provide water operators an option to recover energy while upgrading their older pipelines.