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Water, Power and California’s Future. Commissioner Karen Douglas, J.D. Water, Energy and Climate Change North Bay Watershed Association 2008 Conference. Common System Issues. Growing Demand Adequate Supplies Resource Quality Infrastructure Cost Environmental Protection

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water power and california s future
Water, Powerand California’s Future

Commissioner

Karen Douglas, J.D.

Water, Energy and Climate Change

North Bay Watershed Association 2008 Conference

common system issues
Common System Issues
  • Growing Demand
  • Adequate Supplies
  • Resource Quality
  • Infrastructure
  • Cost
  • Environmental Protection
  • Long-term Uncertainty

Climate Change forces us to examine the nexus between

water & energy!

intersection of water energy
Intersection of Water-Energy
  • Electricity Generation
    • Hydro-electric Generation
    • Biogas and Other Renewable Generation
    • Power Plant Cooling
    • 21 % of California’s Electricity Supply
  • Water Conveyance, Treatment and Delivery Systems
    • Natural and Manmade Systems to Move Water to Where it is Demanded
    • 27 % of total energy demand
  • Water-related End Uses
    • 73 % of total energy demand
  • Water Supplies
    • Efficiency and Conservation
    • New Sources: Desalination, Stormwater Capture; Recycled
water as power
Water as Power

CEC – California’s Generation Mix, 2006

energy demand of new water
Energy Demand of New Water

Source: Dr. Robert Wilkinson, Environmental Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Martha Davis, IEUA

california s greenhouse gas emissions
California’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

ARB - Emission Inventory for 2004

regional issues and differences
Regional Issues and Differences

One solution may not be appropriate for everyone.

wet cat strategies
WET CAT Strategies
  • Require Recycle Water Programs at all Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Develop Urban Runoff and Expanded Stormwater Capture Programs
  • Promote Greater End Use Water Efficiency through Mandates and Incentives
  • Lower the Energy Intensity of the California’s Water Systems
  • Develop Renewable Electric Generation at Water-related Sites
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“Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel Prizes – one for peace and one for science.”John F. Kennedy
global warming solutions act
Global Warming Solutions Act

“The debate is over. We know the science. We see the threat. And we know that the time for action is now.”

– Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Executive Order S-3-05

AB 32 (Nunez), Statutes of 2006

information
Information
  • Energy Commission’s Website:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/

    • California Water-Energy Relationship
  • Climate Action Team and Initiatives

http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/climate_action_team/index.html