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The Confluence of Water, Energy, and Climate

Thursday, March 21, 2024
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
BayREN Q1 2024 Regional Forum graphic March 21 - The Confluence of Water, Energy, and Climate


Water and energy are both essential to our everyday lives. While they are usually considered separately, water is also intertwined in all phases of energy production from dams to cooling towers, and energy is needed to provide and deliver clean water. Join us at this Regional Forum to explore the relationships between these two critical resources as well as some of the programs and strategies local governments can use to improve water and energy conservation—and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This online Forum is free and open to all.

Welcome and Introductions
Ryan Melendez, County of Napa BayREN Representative | Watch recorded presentation

Setting the Stage:

Introduction to Water, Energy and Climate Connections in California
Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute | Watch recorded presentation

Overview of Water Utility Types and the BayREN Water Upgrades Save Program
Chris Cone, BayREN Water Upgrades Save | Watch recorded presentation

Q&A - Panel 1 | Watch recorded presentation

What Local Governments Can Do:

Energy and Water Building Performance Benchmarking in San Jose
Jenna Neustaetter, San José Environmental Services | Watch recorded presentation + Q&A

San Francisco Water Conservation Program
Julie Ortiz, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission | Watch recorded presentation

Energy Plus Water Reach Codes Opportunities
Steffi Becking, 2050 Partners | Watch recorded presentation

Q&A - Panel 2 and Closing Remarks | Watch recorded presentation

Other Resources:

BayREN Q4 2023 Regional Forum Q&A log