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Webinar On Demand: Energy Advancements for Water Providers

September 28, 2023

Catch up on all the good information shared during our September 2023 installment of our What Matters Webinar Series, led by our Water Energy Efficiency Task Force chairs Scott Houston and Kris Murray.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 3-4% of national electricity consumption, equivalent to approximately 56 billion kilowatts, or $4 billion, is used to provide drinking water and wastewater services each year. Water and wastewater utilities are typically the largest consumers of energy in municipalities, often accounting for 30-40% of total energy consumed. Finding innovative ways to reduce energy use by water and wastewater utilities brings many benefits. 

Watch the webinar video on demand, read the Q&A and chat transcripts, and view the powerpoint slide decks shared by our panelists. This webinar took place on September 21, 2023.


About 65 people attended to hear from leaders and experts to discuss best practices as water and power utilities, nonprofits, businesses and others grapple with changes to the way we live, work and deliver services.. The event featured this expert panel:

  • Erin Brooks, Director, Customer Energy Solutions, Southern California Gas
  • Liz Crosson, Sustainability, Resiliency, and Innovation Officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Bryan Falconer, Senior Advisor, Southern California Edison
  • Tom Fang, Supervising Engineer, Los Angeles County Sanitation District
  • Shea Hughes, Director of West Coast Business Development, SCALE Microgrid
  • Lauren Seymour, Assistant Director, The Energy Coalition, on behalf of the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) Public Agency Programs 
You may also be interested in the following information: The Climate Registry manages a Water-Energy Nexus Registry (WEN) which allows participants to measure, track, and mitigate the GHG emissions associated with California’s water system. You can find more information here:
Founding Sponsors
  • County of San Bernardino
  • Inland Empire Utilities Agency
  • Irvine Ranch Water District
  • Los Angeles County Public Works
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District
  • Water Replenishment District of Southern California
  • West Basin Municipal Water District
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