Energy & Water Nexus Summit 4

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Energy & Water Nexus Summit 4

Monday, September 28th, 2015
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
East Bay Municipal Utility District
375 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Energy & Water Nexus Summit 4 Program

Join us on September 28th for the fourth annual Energy & Water Nexus Summit, the region’s leading forum on the the vital intersection of energy and water resources. This year’s Summit will examine the effects and economic implications of energy and water issues on our state, including hot topics such as the drought, desalination, and the Bay Delta Water Conveyance Plan. 

The latest economic projections estimate that the drought will have a $2.7 billion impact on California’s economy, including substantial effects to the state’s employment levels, agricultural production, and water availability.  Overcoming the challenges caused by the drought and planning for future changes in California’s water supply will require innovative solutions to secure sustainable energy and water resources for our region and state. 

This year’s Energy & Water Nexus Summit will feature industry leading subject matter experts, and will provide an engaging forum to examine and discuss the developments, challenges, innovations, and the pivotal relationship between energy and water in Northern California.


  • 8:45am – 9:30am:
    Registration and Networking 
  • 9:30am – 9:40am:
    Welcome and Introductions
     Richard Sinkoff, Vice President, Bay Planning Coalition 
  • 10:05am – 10:30am:
    Technological Innovation for Water Conservation
    Peter Yolles, WaterSmart Software  
  • 10:30am – 10:45am:
  • 10:45am – 11:50am:
    Panel 1: Desalination
    — Moderated by: Barry Nelson, Western Water Strategies

    • Perspective in Favor of Desalination
      Richard Nagel, West Basin Municipal Water District Presentation
    • Perspective in Opposition of Desalination
      Heather Cooley, The Pacific Institute Presentation
  • 11:50am – 12:15pm: 
    Economic & Environmental Correlation Between Water and Energy Use
    Dr. Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy, Stanford Wood Institute’s Water in the West Initiative Presentation
  • 12:15pm – 1:00pm: 
    Lunch Speaker: Alexander Coate, General Manager, EBMUD Presentation
  • 1:00pm – 1:25pm:
    Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure
    — Dr. Richard Luthy, ReNUWIt, Stanford University
  • 1:25pm – 2:30pm
    Panel 2: Bay Delta Water Conveyance Plan
    — Moderated by Ane Deister, Parsons 

    • Perspective in Favor of Bay Delta Water Conveyance Plan
      Jerry Meral, Natural Heritage Institute Presentation 
    • Perspective in Opposition of Bay Delta Water Conveyance Plan
      Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, Restore the Delta Presentation
  • 2:30pm – 2:55pm
    The Management of California’s Resources: The Drought and Beyond
    Steven Moore, State Water Resources Control Board  
  • 2:55pm – 3:00pm
    John Coleman, CEO, Bay Planning Coalition


Thank You to our Sponsors of the Energy & Water Nexus Summit 4!


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