Energy-Water Nexus Policy Integration: Toward New Strategies for States and the Federal Government

Speakers

Dr Samuel Bockenhauer, chair/moderator, Physical Scientist, DOE
Glen Andersen, Energy Program Director, NCSL
Sam Cramer , Program Manager, NASEO
Dr. Svetlana Ikonnikova, Energy Economist, BEG, UT Austin
Dr. David Purkey (invited), US Water Resources Group Leader, SEI

Keywords

Energy-water nexus, Policy integration, States, Electricity, Water infrastructure, Oil and gas

Abstract 

Energy and water are necessary for humans to live. However, the ways that humans get the energy and water they need can be complicated. Energy and water are often connected. You need energy to make water that is safe to drink, and you need water to make energy to keep the lights on, too. Because energy and water are connected in this way, the policies that govern them are also connected. It is usually better for everyone when the government policies that govern energy and water are *designed* to be connected and to work together harmoniously. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes policies work at crossed purposes, and what is good for energy is bad for water, and vice versa. To think about how to make energy and water policies more connected, the US Department of Energy has written three white papers that explore policies affecting water use in power plants, energy use to make drinking water, and water use to extract oil and natural gas. This workshop will discuss the white papers and get input from US states and the community to develop new ideas about how to make energy and water policy better connected. This could help make energy and water policy work better for everyone.

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