The Water-Energy Nexus at DOE: Challenges and Opportunities for Collaboration
The US Department of Energy (DOE) formed the Water-Energy Tech Team (WETT) to identify and pursue cross-cutting technology, data, modeling, analysis, and policy priorities relevant to the water-energy nexus.
In this webcast, the DOE is reaching out to the water sector to share funding, technical assistance, and partnership opportunities including the DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers, CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships, and a New Solicitation for Renewable Energy Projects and Efficient Energy Projects.
The WETT also facilitates coordination of activities within the DOE and outreach with other stakeholders. The water-energy nexus is integral to two DOE policy priorities: climate change and energy security.
When severe drought affected more than a third of the United States in 2012, limited water availability constrained the operation of some power plants and other energy production activities.
Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the compounding ramifications of vital water infrastructure losing power. The recent boom in domestic unconventional oil and gas development has added complexity to the national dialogue on the relationship between energy and water resources.
The WETT has drafted The Water-Energy Nexus:Challenges and Opportunities, which frames an integrated challenge and opportunity space around the nexus for DOE and its partners and lays the foundation for future efforts.
The WETT has identified six strategic pillars that will serve as the foundation for coordinating R&D: including energy use and generation at water/wastewater facilities, water reuse, and water use in power generation and unconventional oil and gas development.
- Diana Bauer, Department of Energy
- Kathleen Hogan (invited), Department of Energy
- Paul Grabowski, Department of Energy
- Brendan Bell, Department of Energy
- Barry Liner, WEF (Moderator)
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