In the United States, the largest category for water consumption is electric power generation. Similarly, the largest demand for electricity is water extraction and distribution (Department of Energy). This strong interdependence drives great opportunity in the Energy-Water Nexus (EWN) to impact both energy and water consumption.

As a proud supporter of the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), we are pleased to advertise their upcoming Energy Water Nexus Technical Conference, being held this Friday, November 16. It is a unique conference specifically designed with an eye towards industrial water and energy users, and will focus on key crosscutting technologies that drive both energy and water efficiency and affordability in manufacturing processes and utility operations.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by Weston Berg from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and Sara Beaini from the Energy Power Research Institute. Panel topics will include:

  • The Policy Context of the Energy Water Nexus in Manufacturing;
  • Energy and water savings created by membrane and AC drive technology in the manufacturing process and the barriers to wide-adoption;
  • Fostering an Energy Water Nexus focus within a company: Case Studies.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Electric powerlinesToday we highlight the Quadrennial Energy Review’s (“QER”) focus on the barriers facing demand response and energy efficiency projects.  Part I of our “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System” series reviews the QER recommendations to improve procedures for transmission project development,  permitting, and system operations.  Part II focuses on the barriers facing renewable generation development and what can be done to improve project financing, access, and the siting process.

Demand Response

QER 1.2 proposes to improve energy management and demand response in buildings and industry through Continue Reading “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” Part III: Demand Response and Energy Efficiency