AWE President Testifies Before Senate Water and Power Subcommittee

Hearing on Water Efficiency and Energy Impacts

2012-07-25

Today, AWE President and CEO Mary Ann Dickinson testified before the Water and Power Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The purpose of theMADTestimony120725 hearing was to examine the role of water use efficiency and its impact on energy use.

Mary Ann’s testimony was based on three main points:

  1. Water efficiency has already been very successful in saving the nation’s resources and in helping to defer new capacity infrastructure, and should be further promoted at the federal level.
  2. Saving Water Saves Energy ‐‐ and the benefits are documentable.
  3. Water efficiency research, as well as consumer retrofit programs, should be incentivized on a par with energy efficiency programs, because they yield documentable energy savings.

MADTestimony2120725Mary Ann recommended that national incentives be enacted for water efficiency programs, and further that a national policy be instituted to allow energy efficiency funding to be used for cold water conservation programs as well as hot water conservation programs because of the clear embedded energy benefits that this investment would provide.

The testimony also noted the need to gain a better understanding of the amount of water embedded in the generation of electricity, and how much energy is embedded in drinking water pumping and treatment as well as waste water treatment. With a fuller understanding of this significant relationship, federal policies and funding programs can be developed which will cost‐effectively and collectively save the most amount of energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions for the United States.

Below are links to the written AWE testimony, a webcast of the hearing, and the websites of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Water and Power Subcommittee.