Water-energy interdependence by getting decision-makers to talk

June 2015
Across the western United States, water and power are interconnected. Hydropower provides about 21% of the western region’s electricity. Nearly 20% of California’s electricity is used to move, treat and heat water. Despite this interdependence, these resources are regulated by separate agencies, delivered by separate utilities and studied independently.
In May, Water UCI and the US Department of Energy jointly sponsored a first-of-its-kind workshop with utilities, regulators and researchers from throughout the west to discuss new ways of working together. At the end of two days, participants outlined several steps as a basis for managing water and electricity more effectively. Dave Feldman summarized the steps in an article published by The Conversation.

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