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Advancing sound energy policies on behalf of water and wastewater agencies.

Energy and Water Resources

For decades, water agencies have been actively contributing to the State’s clean energy supply. ACWA members have implemented a wide range of renewable energy projects, including large and small hydropower, biogas, micro-turbines, geothermal wind, energy storage and photovoltaic solar.

Dealing with Public Safety Power Shutoffs

As a preemptive safety measure, the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUS) continue to implement Public Safety Power Shutoff events (PSPS) to protect communities in high-risk fire areas. It is uncertain how long these events will continue but multiple experts have noted that these shutoffs could last at least ten years, if not longer.

As these de-energization events continue, ACWA recognizes the numerous challenges that water and wastewater agencies face and is dedicated to working with members to prepare and provide up-to-date information and resources to help weather these events.


Zero-Carbon Energy Sources

In 2018, Governor Brown signed SB 100 into law, expanding the Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements to 60% renewables by 2030 and setting a planning goal of achieving 100 percent renewable and zero-carbon energy sources for the state by 2046.

“"ACWA recognizes the important nexus between energy and water and advocates for statewide resilience in energy infrastructure and energy-related policies that maximize the beneficial use of water."” Dave Eggerton ACWA Executive Director

ACWA Testifies at PSPS Hearing; AB 2182 (Rubio) Introduced

by Caroline Minasian

On Feb. 11, ACWA-sponsored bill AB 2182 (Rubio) was introduced to address the unintended consequences of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) […]


ACWA Engages at Senate Hearing on Power Shutoffs

by Caroline Minasian

On Nov. 18, the California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications held a hearing to discuss the effects of […]


Member Spotlight: ACWA Members Face Multiple Power Shutoffs in October – Nov. 2019

by Caroline Minasian

October was filled with extreme fire and high-wind weather conditions that spurred multiple power outages throughout California. The outages were […]


ACWA Encourages Water Agencies to Share PSPS Effects

by Caroline Minasian

In response to more frequent and severe wildfires, preventative Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events have been occurring in designated […]


ACWA Board Adopts Updated Energy Policy Principles

by Matt Veeh

In January, the ACWA Board of Directors approved updated Energy and Water Resources Policy Principles. One of ACWA’s policy-related priorities […]


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