The "water-energy nexus" is a relatively new and increasingly urgent issue that has gained prominence within policy-making circles and the business community in California. Water and energy development are highly fragmented and governed by separate agencies and regulatory authorities. Yet water and energy are interdependent. Not only is water used in power plant operations, but water sector operations account for nearly a quarter of statewide energy consumption. Shortages and supply disruptions in one directly impacts the other. By managing water and energy as an integrated system we can unlock water-energy synergies and reduce consumption of both.
At this PCSI forum, sustainability experts from academe, public utilities, and private firms will provide their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of moving California towards a more sustainable future.