ACWA Board Adopts Updated Energy Policy Principles by Matt Veeh Feb 15, 2019 Water News In January, the ACWA Board of Directors approved updated Energy and Water Resources Policy Principles. One of ACWA’s policy-related priorities for 2018-’19 is to advance sound energy policies. Under that priority, ACWA is committed to advocating for actions in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and renewable energy that are reasonable and effective, taking into account that some ACWA members generate energy from large and small hydroelectric facilities, solar power and other sources of energy. The nine updated energy principles are intended to cover broader, overarching concerns, such as local control and cost-effective energy supplies, but also focus on more specific technologies and strategies that water agencies may wish to utilize in the future. The policy principles also envision ACWA members’ diverse energy generation as part of the State’s zero carbon energy future. With the updated principles, ACWA will be able to engage in and impact important energy policy and regulatory discussions that are important to members and the greater water community. The updated energy principles will guide ACWA’s efforts in the following areas: Local Control Cost Effective Energy Supplies Greenhouse Gas Emissions Water-Energy Nexus Diverse Energy Portfolio Energy Generation and Storage Demand Response and Load Shifting Role of Hydropower in California’s Energy Portfolio Efficient and Timely Regulatory Approvals A more detailed summary of the updated policy principles can be found on the ACWA website.