Projects

Water Sector Over-generation and Flexible Demand Response

Pilot study exploring opportunities for the State's Water Sector to provide electric reliability through Flexible Demand Response using water storage and pumping.

- Phase 1 Report: Opportunities
- Phase 2 Report: Recommendations with Case Studies
- Case Studies and Workshop Videos
- Presentations to Industry Associations

Client: Southern California Edison

- Assessed California's "over-generation" circumstance
- Interviewed water & wastewater utilities and other stakeholders
- Documented opportunities in case studies
- Recommended program design & partnerships

Start Date: Nov. 2018
End Date: Oct. 2019

REPORTS

LEARN

- The water sector is a natural electric reliability partner
- Water sector Flex DR opportunities exist today
- More are possible with funding & incentives
- Changes are needed to DR programs & rates
- New holistic metrics are needed to fully value multi-benefits of cross-cutting programs

FINDINGS/RECOMMENDATIONS

KEY DELIVERABLES

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

SCOPE OF WORK

Water Energy Innovations
West Yost & Associates
RMS Energy Consulting
Surge Consultant Group

PROJECT TEAM

Accelerating Drought Resilience

Market transformation project exploring innovative strategies and technologies for building drought resilience while also supporting electric reliability and reducing GHG emissions.

- Water and Energy Data
- Compilation of Key Drought & Related Policies
- Inventory of High Potential Technologies
- Tools for Screening Candidate Technologies
- Video Interviews with Key Stakeholders

Client: California Energy Commission
Partner: Southern California Edison

- Documented key State & local drought policies
- Compiled/analyzed data about water and energy uses
- Researched technologies that save both water and energy
- Developed tools and techniques for evaluating technologies
- Developed strategies for overcoming adoption barriers

Start Date: June. 2016
End Date: April 2019

- Many high potential technologies exist today
- Water savings from one technology could meet 100% of Tulare County's urban water demand
- Changes are needed to policies, programs, rules & regulations to overcome barriers to technology adoption

FINDINGS/RECOMMENDATIONS

KEY DELIVERABLES

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

SCOPE OF WORK

Water Energy Innovations
Jack Sahl & Associates
RMS Energy Consulting
Sequoia Riverlands Trust
Syzergy
Harcourt Brown & Carey
Page Design Group
Surge Consultant Group

PROJECT TEAM

RESOURCES & TOOLS

Water Loss Control

CPUC regulatory pilot projects documenting the amount of energy that could be saved by reducing leaks in California water systems..

- Energy Intensity of Water
- Water Loss Control Program Benchmarks
- Water Utility Case Studies
- Energy Savings Attributable to Savied Water
- Website Documenting Best Practices

San Diego Gas & Electric
Southern California Edison
Southern California Gas

- Conducted leak detection for participating water utilities
- Computed the energy intensity of saved water
- Estimated energy saved through water loss control
- Evaluated efficacy of acoustic leak detection vs. other technologies
- Estimated cost of repairing leaks vs. cost of energy saved

Start Date: June. 2013
End Date: Dec. 2015

- Proactive Water Loss Control increases water supplies
- Energy Intensity of water varies substantially by utility
- New leak detection technologies are needed
-Cost-effectiveness depends on each utility's unique mix of water resources, systems, infrastructure, and service area characteristics

FINDINGS/RECOMMENDATIONS

KEY DELIVERABLES

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

SCOPE OF WORK

Water Energy Innovations
Water Systems Optimization
RMS Energy Consulting

PROJECT TEAM

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