California appears to be poised on the verge of the unthinkable. There is very little snow on the Sierra Nevada, which means very little water next Spring. One of the World’s largest estuaries, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, appears to be on the verge of collapse. Watching this disaster evolve, one has to ask is there Hope For California?
A new report, Clean Energy Opportunities in California’s Water Sector, offers what could be a partial solution to California’s water problems. The authors, Juliet Christian-Smith and Laura Wisland from the Union of Concerned scientists, primarily focus on the 20 percent of California’s electricity that is consumed by the water sector. They point out that most water and wastewater utilities own assets (land, reservoirs, ponds etc) that could be used to produce renewable energy.