Water & Energy

Water and energy use are strongly linked, as withdrawing, transporting and treating water requires large amounts of energy. Conversely, energy production and extraction can also require large amounts of water. Despite these relationships and interdependencies, energy and water resources are managed separately. A sustainable future demands fully integrated management of water and energy.

Water in the West develops tools and best management practices to effectively and efficiently integrate water and energy management. In 2014, Water in the West began a joint program with ReNUWit, an NSF-funded consortium focused on the nation's urban water infrastructure. This program evaluates strategies to encourage adoption of innovative technologies and management tools. The goal is to promote energy efficiency through water conservation, while reducing energy consumption in the treatment and use of water.

What's New

July 05, 2016

California has been in a serious drought for years and its consequences are mounting from increased fires to lower water tables. With no end in sight, Margaret Bowman is looking to water-focused impact investing as a...

May 23, 2016

Desalination could increase freshwater supplies for some coastal communities, but more research and policy work needed, experts say in new report

In Focus

Report: Tapping the Electricity Sector for Innovative, Multi-Purpose Water Projects

Stanford researchers apply lessons learned from the electricity sector to the water sector, uncovering specific tools that have been used to fund and implement distributed energy projects. Through this exploration they create a financing and governance framework, highlighting mechanism applicable to the water sector.

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In the Media

April 15, 2017
The Mercury News

Director of Urban Water Policy, Newsha Ajami and discusses desalination of brackish groundwater in California.

November 02, 2016
Water Deeply

California helped to reinvent the energy sector, and now the drought is providing a perfect opportunity to help the state break out of its old structure for managing and funding water, says Stanford University’s Newsha Ajami.