10 Apr '15, 1pm

A Partial Solution To California’s Water Problems

A Partial Solution To California’s Water Problems

A new report, Clean Energy Opportunities in California’s Water Sector, offers what could be a partial solution to California’s water problems. The authors, Juliet Christian-Smith and Laura Wisland from the Union of Concerned scientists, primarily focus on the 20 percent of California’s electricity that is consumed by the water sector. They point out that most water and wastewater utilities own assets (land, reservoirs, ponds etc) that could be used to produce renewable energy. The California drought is increasing the state’s carbon emissions. There isn’t as much water available for hydroelectricity and production has been halved. California’s 19 proposed desalination plants will produce water, but they also need around 2,800 GWh per year. As the groundwater tables have fallen, water agencies have had to pump water from greater depths. Every one of these examples calls for ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015...

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