Workshop on California's Water-Energy Nexus on July 29

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Water & Energy Professionals to Convene at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern Cal. for a workshop sponsored by the Water Research Foundation.

WHAT: Water and energy are critical to ensuring California’s future. Their sustainability is directly connected as water and energy are inextricably intertwined.

As California’s population grows, water resources will be strained. Water providers will turn to alternative water supply options to meet urban demand. Already, California’s complex water system uses significant amounts of energy in pumping and treatment. Energy demand is expect to increase as water providers turn to more advanced treatment techniques.

At the same time, increasing energy demands will put a strain on water resources because energy production requires significant volumes of water for processing and cooling. To ensure the sustainability of both these essential resources, the water and energy sectors urgently need to jointly manage resources and collaborate.

The Water Research Foundation is sponsoring a workshop to broker a dialogue between water and energy professionals, regulators, and experts. The goal of the program is to discuss challenges, goals, and collaboration opportunities that will aid in sustainable solutions for the combined management of water and energy resources.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is hosting this Water Research Foundation event at their main headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. News media are welcome to attend the morning session of the California water-energy nexus workshop. Presenters will be available for one-on-one interviews with reporters after their talks.

Topics to be covered in the morning session include:

  •     Water/Energy Nexus Overview - Lorraine White, California Energy Commission
  •     Regulatory Updates - Cynthia Lane, AWWA & Martha Davis, Inland Empire Utilities Agency
  •     California Public Utilities Commission Water/Energy Nexus Studies - Amul Sathe, Navigant Consulting
  •     Water Related Energy Efficiency Opportunities, Paul Thomas & James Pasmore, Southern California Edison
  •     California’s Water Supply Outlook - Veronica Hicks, California Department of Water Resources
  •     Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s Energy Plan - Jim McDaniel, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

WHEN: July 29, 2010 Time: 8:00 a.m. – Noon

WHERE: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, 700 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA

WHO: The Water Research Foundation
Founded in 1966, the Water Research Foundation is an international, 501c(3) nonprofit organization that sponsors research to enable water utilities, public health agencies and other professionals to provide safe and affordable drinking water to the public. With more than 950 subscriber members who provide water for 80 percent of the U.S. population, the Water Research Foundation has funded and managed more than 1,000 projects. For more information, go to http://www.WaterResearchFoundation.org.

For More Information Contact:
Shonnie Cline
(303) 347-6106 (office) or (303) 947-
0168 (cell)

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