Water-Energy Webinar Series

Water for Energy and Energy for Water: Challenges and Opportunities for Utilities

A series of three webinars sponsored by the Association for Metropolitan Water Agencies, the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions intended to help utility managers address issues across the water-energy nexus.

  • Webinar 1 – An overview of water/energy issues from national and federal perspectives
    May 8, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET 

Dr. Craig Zamuda from the Department of Energy (DOE) presents key findings from DOE’s recently released water/energy nexus report, attempting to distill some of the key issues and risks of which water and electric utilities should be aware. Dr. Kristen Averyt, Associate Director for Science for the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Director of the Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado, presents her research regarding water-energy challenges that exist currently and are on the horizon.

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  • Webinar 2 - Partnerships between water and energy utilities to address water/energy challenges
     June 19, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Patrick (Pat) Davis, Sustainability Manager at Orange Water and Sewer Authority (Carrboro, North Carolina) and Doris Cooksey, Water Quality & Planning Manager at CPS Energy  (San Antonio, Texas) share their experiences in addressing water-energy issues, focusing on how they have coordinated and developed shared strategies with peer utilities located in the communities that they serve.

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  • Webinar 3: Innovation and effective stakeholder engagement on water and energy issues
    July 24, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
     
    Involving other stakeholders or partners for a water-energy project often leads to insights, innovations, and/or greater efficiency. In this third and final webinar, speakers from American Water and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD; California) discuss how they leveraged stakeholder involvement to address water-energy challenges and implement innovations. 

Suzanne Chiavari, Engineering Practice Leader from American Water, will describe some of her organization’s recent work in using renewable energy technologies, and how they’ve engaged community partners to establish greater integration across their resource management activities. Clifford Chan, Manager of Water Treatment and Distribution at EBMUD, will talk about two projects with multiple stakeholders that have helped the utility to implement its energy management strategy.

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