“The boom in oil from shale formations in recent years has
generated a lot of discussion that the United States could
eventually return to energy self-sufficiency, but according to a
report released Tuesday by the International Energy Agency,
production of such oil in the United States and worldwide will
provide only a temporary respite from reliance on the Middle
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“A new informational report from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency details just how important water is to the
“Synthesizing recent studies on the topic, ‘The Importance of
Water to the U.S. Economy’ report released this week finds that
energy production, water supply and food production together
account for over 94% of water withdrawals from the nation’s
groundwater, streams, rivers, and lakes.
“Recent changes to the Imperial Irrigation District’s Residential
Energy Efficiency Rebates program has an IID representative going
to all the city councils in the Imperial Valley to make
presentations on the changes.”
“In honor of the 27th annual anniversary of Public Power Week,
Imperial Irrigation District officials began rolling out a new
energy safety campaign to reach seventh- and eighth-grade
students in the Imperial and Coachella valleys on the
importance of indoor and outdoor electrical safety.
“A newsletter, the ‘Safety Surge,’ has been distributed to
junior high schools, according to a press release from the
Even as California has scaled back education, law enforcement
and assistance to the disabled in this era of financial stress,
the energy program has continued unrestrained and is expected
to grow significantly in coming years.
“State agencies have invested in milk trucks that run on cow
manure, power plants fueled by ocean tides and artificial
photosynthesis for powering vehicles and buildings.
“A U.S.-Canada treaty that governs operations of the
fourth-largest river in North America — affecting everything from
power prices and water supplies to grain shipments and recreation
in the Pacific Northwest — should be renegotiated to make the
system more flexible amid climate change and to aid threatened
and endangered species that weren’t considered when the treaty
was created decades ago, federal regulators recommended in a
draft document released to The Associated Press.”
“This month, California energy regulators proposed requiring
the state’s utility companies to buy more than 1.3 gigawatts of
electricity storage by 2020 – enough electricity to supply
993,750 typical homes at any given instant.
“The storage would help ensure that the lights stay on as
California adds large amounts of solar and wind power – both
highly variable – to its grid. Big energy storage projects
would also cut the number of new fossil-fuel power plants built
in the state.
The Orange County Water District’s board on Thursday will
consider whether to launch negotiations with a company that wants
to build a power plant capable of generating up to 300 megawatts
of energy on the same plot of land where Anaheim city officials
want to open a park that would serve community sports leagues.”
“Because water utilities are dependent on the sale of water to
recoup costs, reduced sales can result in deficits – and per
capita water demand in California has been stagnant or decreasing
for the past several decades. Over the coming years, California
municipal water utilities are required to reduce water use by
20%. Thus, the ‘new normal’ or an era of declining demand and
rising costs is a trend that is likely to continue.
“Water and wastewater managers are missing substantial
opportunities to save energy and money, according to a report
published Wednesday (Sept. 4) by Water in the West, a research
center at Stanford University.
“The report, ‘Water and Energy Nexus: A Literature Review,’
also identifies the amount of water used to extract resources
such as natural gas, oil and coal, and to generate electricity.
“Savvy Californians know that cutting down the amount of water we
use saves lots of energy. It takes a huge amount of electrical
power to pump water to our thirsty cities, and when it gets there
we burn natural gas to heat it. But did you know that saving
energy also saves water?”
“All forms of energy – from hydropower to solar panels – use
water to extract and process the fuels, construct the processing
facilities, or generate the electricity. Likewise, water supply,
treatment, use, and disposal use considerable amounts of energy.
“One of two San Francisco-owned hydroelectric power plants
damaged in a huge wildfire that continues to scorch Sierra
timberland was back on line Tuesday, with the other plant
expected to be running in a few weeks. …
“The fire burned to the shoreline of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir,
the source of drinking water for 2.6 million people in the Bay
“It was called ‘megawatt laundering,’ a scheme invented by
Enron to maximize profits during the California energy crisis.
On Friday, one of its most aggressive practitioners agreed to
give the state a $750 million refund.
“Powerex, a government-owned hydroelectricity supplier from
British Columbia, cut a deal with California officials to
settle years of litigation over alleged market manipulation.