CalEPA and The Climate Registry Launch Water-Energy Nexus Registry by ACWA staff May 13, 2019 Water News SACRAMENTO – The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and The Climate Registry recently launched a Water-Energy Nexus Registry for organizations with operations in California. The new registry will help water agencies and utilities better understand the energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with each process in water management and use. In turn, this will help them become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprints. The founders of the Water-Energy Nexus Registry, who will be measuring and tracking their emissions using newly developed standardized guidance and tools, are organizations that have long been at the forefront of environmental stewardship: the California Department of Water Resources, City of Sacramento Department of Utilities, East Bay Municipal Utility District, GEI Consultants, Irvine Ranch Water District, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Sonoma Water, University of San Diego, and West Basin Municipal Water District. Also launched was the Water-Energy Leader™ recognition program, which will publicly acknowledge participating organizations for taking steps such as reporting their GHG emissions, submitting their emissions reports to a third-party verifier, and achieving GHG reduction goals. “It takes a huge amount of California’s energy to pump, treat and heat water,” said Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary for Environmental Protection, CalEPA. “We can achieve significant greenhouse gas reductions and cost savings by better understanding the energy impacts of our water system.” The Climate Registry is administering the Water-Energy Nexus Registry on behalf of CalEPA. There is no cost to participate. More information about the registry is available online at www.theclimateregistry.org/waterenergynexusregistry. Recognizing that ACWA members are uniquely positioned to help meet the state’s GHG emissions reduction goals, ACWA recently updated its Energy and Water Resources Policy Principles. The new principles can be viewed on ACWA’s website.