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Energy Savings Due For City
Breaking ground for the waste water treatment plant project are, from left, Daron McDaniel, Brett McBay, Frank Damrell, Kathleen Cleek of Riverbank Development Services Department, City Director of Finance Marisela Garcia, Councilmembers Darlene Barber-Martinez and Jeannine Tucker, Mayor Richard OBrien, Vice Mayor Cal Campbell, City Manager Jill Anderson, Deputy Development Services Director Mike Riddell and Mark Kindelberger, Development Manager from Schneider Electric. - photo by Ric McGinnis/The News

Sunny skies and a summer breeze greeted dignitaries, city officials and Riverbank city staff members as they gathered at the Riverbank Waste Water Treatment Plant north of Jacob Myers Park to officially kick off a $3.9 billion improvement project on Friday, Aug. 22.

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management based in Folsom, partnered with the City of Riverbank under an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC).

The city pursued the upgrade/improvement project after recognizing its existing waste treatment lagoon system may not comply with anticipated future treatment standards for the State of California. The project is guaranteed to save the city $2 million over the project lifetime by Schneider and continues the city’s long-term goal to green Riverbank by saving more than 2.5 million kWh each year. Also, the project is expected to support 37 jobs and produce a total economic impact of $10.7 million.

Development Manager Mark Kindelberger said that, in the past 22 years, Schneider Electric has successfully implemented more than 530 projects across the nation and helped clients around the world save more than $1 billion.

Work at the project has already begun, and is expected to be completed by mid-March, 2015. The Riverbank Waste Water Treatment Plant is at 23865 South Santa Fe Road, Escalon, just across the bridge over the Stanislaus River at Jacob Myers Park.

Along with local officials and representatives from Schneider Electric, those attending the ceremony included Daron McDaniel from Congressman Jeff Denham’s office, Brett McBay from Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s office and Frank Damrell from Senator Cathleen Galgiani’s office.