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Rural Water Association of Utah & Office of Energy Development to Host Water & Energy Nexus Forum

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For Immediate Release

Jan. 13, 2016

Contact:

Meghan Stettler, Director of Communications
Governor’s Office of Energy Development
(385) 549-0822
meghanstettler@utah.gov

Rural Water Association of Utah & Office of Energy Development to Host Water & Energy Nexus Forum

Lt. Governor and industry stakeholders to explore expanding resource efficiency and conservation at the second annual Forum on Jan. 21, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Jan. 13, 2016 – In an effort to advance energy efficiency and resource conservation, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) is pleased to partner with the Rural Water Association of Utah for the second annual Water-Energy Nexus Forum, Jan. 21, 2016 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, UT.

The full-day event brings together key perspectives from diverse industry stakeholders in an effort to explore the inter-dependencies between present-day water and energy systems, including the sharing of data and methods that have proven successful in reducing costs through energy efficiency and smart resource management.

“Given Utah’s rapidly expanding economy and growing population, it’s vital to support the development of projects that increase efficient utilization of our water and energy resources and result in increased economic and environmental value,” said Dr. Laura Nelson, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development.

As the second driest state in the nation, drought conditions remain Utah’s primary water-energy concern. Currently, the state uses 7 percent of its total energy budget to deliver water to citizens and end-users, a percentage that will increase with future population growth and persistent drought conditions. According to the Statewide Water Infrastructure Plan, Utah will need $33 billion by 2060 to secure and develop its water delivery systems properly. Thus, meeting these evolving demands will require a host of strategies and tools, not just one solution.

“Continuing broad based discussions among all stakeholders, through this forum and beyond, is essential to ensuring Utah will have sufficient and abundant water resources in the future,” said Dale Pierson, executive director of the Rural Water Association of Utah.

As such, the forum delves into a variety of integral topics through panels and case studies, including:

· Meeting the Water-Energy Challenge
· Energy Savings for Water Systems
· Understanding Utah’s Drought History and Water Systems Infrastructure
· Harnessing Energy Through Wastewater Treatment
· And more…

In addition to Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, the forum will feature leading experts from laboratories, research universities, utilities and government, including:

· Travis McLing, Idaho National Laboratory
· Dr. Laura Nelson, Governor’s Office of Energy Development
· Dale Pierson, Rural Water Association of Utah
· John Baza, Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining
· Alan Packard and Todd Schultz, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District
· Dr. Matthew Bekker, Brigham Young University
· And more…

The Water-Energy Nexus Forum was first established in 2014, as part of Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan. For more information on the forum, including the full agenda, visit rwau.net/water–energy-nexus-forum.html.

About Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED)
Web: energy.utah.gov
Governor Gary R. Herbert recognizes energy as one of the four cornerstones of Utah’s strength, along with education, job creation, and self-determination. In recognition of this priority, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) was created in 2011 to advance Utah’s diverse energy and minerals economy through policy, planning and direct engagement.

About Rural Water Association of Utah (RWAU)
Web: rwau.net
The Rural Water Association of Utah provides training and technical assistance to water and wastewater systems, enabling them to stay current with new technologies, rules and regulations so that they may better serve the citizens of Utah.

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