WSWC-WGA Water/Energy Workshop

WHERE: Sheraton Denver Downtown
1550 Court Place

Denver, CO

WHEN: April 2nd, 2013

Energy-Water Workshop Summary Report

WSWC-WGA 2013 Energy-Water Workshop Agenda

The Western States Water Council and the Western Governors’ Association are co-sponsoring a workshop on water/energy nexus topics pertinent to water and energy planners and utility managers on April 2nd, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the workshop is to present new information on water/energy studies and efforts in the West that may be helpful to the attendees, and to examine topics that the Council or the WGA may wish to emphasize for the western states’ governors. For example, water used for energy extraction, different energy sources, renewable energy development, water use trends and how some states are integrating energy resources into their statewide water planning efforts. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited, so please register early. We hope you can join us on April 2nd!

The workshop will begin Tuesday, April 2nd, at 10:00 am and conclude at 5:00 pm.


**The workshop was a tremendous success with over 70 attendees and much feedback given during the breakout sessions. We appreciate everyone who came, especially our wonderful speakers, who shared their research and knowledge with the workshop attendees. Powerpoint presentations (and Prezis) are available below. We will be issuing a report later this year on the workshop and will notify all attendees when it is published. **


Commissioner James Tarpey, Colorado Public Utilities Commissioner, Energy Policy Perspectives on Water in the West

Brad Nickell, Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC), Incorporating Water into Long-Range Electricity Transmission Planning

Paul Faeth, CNA Corporation, Policy Analysis for the Energy-Water Nexus at ERCOT

Vince Tidwell, Sandia National Laboratory, Energy and Water in the Western and Texas Interconnects

Jeanine Jones, California Department of Water Resources, Ongoing Energy/Water Research in California

Eric Evenson, US Geological Survey, Federal Perspectives on the Nexus: A Water/Energy Partnership

Doug Larson, Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB), Water and the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB)

Richard Belt, Xcel Energy, Long-Term Water Strategies for Energy Utilities

Jordan Macknick, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Energy Production and Water Use Trends

Jessica Shi, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Innovative Water Saving Technologies for the Electric Power Sector

Robert Goldstein, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), WaterPRISM: Water Availability and Resource Risk Management

Sara Larsen, Western States Water Council (WSWC), WaDE: A Water Data Exchange for Energy/Water Utility Planners

Nathan Morris, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, INSIGHT: Integrated Water Resource Tools