City of Norman

norman_water Norman Oklahoma, which is nestled in the midst of Cleveland County…just 20 miles south of downtown Oklahoma City, is one of the most dynamic cities in the state. It serves as home for more than 30,000 University of Oklahoma students, who come from virtually every part of the world to capitalize on this “top-shelf” academic opportunity. As such, Norman has evolved into a multi-cultural community that successfully blends small city lifestyle with higher education, scientific development, burgeoning commerce, and exposure to the arts. It comes as no surprise that Norman’s economy is primarily driven by higher education and related research industries. Aside from the university, Norman is home to more than 110,000 full time residents. Recognized by some as an outlying “fraction” of Oklahoma City, Norman is actually the third largest city in the state serving as the county seat for Cleveland County. Friendly and affordable, Norman is a continually developing city that was recently named one of the “Best Places to Live” by CNN Money Magazine. And, when the city comes together to rally behind the Oklahoma Sooner football team each fall, it’s hard to argue with that! Norman is also nationally renowned for its climate and atmospheric research. It is home to the National Weather Center, which is a partnership of federal, state, and academic organizations, working to develop and improve meteorological observation, analysis, assimilation, display and prediction systems. In fact, as part of the most tornado prone area in the United States, Norman is also home to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which specializes in forecasting severe storm and tornado outbreaks. GOES relationship with the city was fostered in 2011, upon meeting with representatives of Norman’s Water Reclamation Facility (NWRF). Currently in its second phase of expansion, the facility’s eventual capacity is designed to handle an average flow rate of 12 million gallons per day (MGD), a sustained wet weather flow of 15 MGD, and a maximum daily flow of 30 MGD. Needless to say, a facility of this size utilizes a large number of electric motors coupled with variable speed drives, thus creating an unacceptable occurrence of power factor penalties. Our team performed an audit of the NWRF and subsequently installed several of our GOES Energy Management System products. As we expected, the results were immediate and promising. In the first month alone, the facility was able to increase its power factor percentage to 90+ percent, thus eliminating the power factor penalties from the electric utility company. Combined with the other GOES product benefits, the NWRF ultimately reduced its electric bill by 12% percent annually. Our team is currently working with the city of Norman for the purpose of integrating our products into other municipal applications.