Full Title: Clean Energy Opportunities in California’s Water Sector
Author(s): Juliet Christian-Smith and Laura Wisland
Publisher(s): Union of Concerned Scientists
Publication Date: 04/2015

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Description (excerpt):

It takes more than snow and rainfall to keep California’s taps flowing; it demands energy and lots of it, particularly during a record-setting drought.

The state’s water and wastewater utilities consume large amounts of electricity to pump, treat, transport, and deliver water–and their energy requirements are expected to keep growing as California responds to increasingly severe drought.

By investing in clean, renewable energy sources, water utilities can better adapt to changing conditions while creating new revenue streams, protecting their customers from electricity price volatility, and enhancing the state’s efforts to reduce global warming pollution.