SCE wins first place for combining water, energy efficiency programs

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) have presented the first-ever awards for exceptional efficiency programs that save both energy and water.

"The program award winners and honorable mentions demonstrate the innovative ways governments, utilities, businesses, and nonprofits are cost-effectively saving water and energy," said Mary Ann Dickinson, president and CEO of AWE.

Southern California Edison (SCE) received a first place "Exemplary" program award for its leak detection pilot, which focuses on high-efficiency toilets, landscape irrigation, large customer and water agency site audits, leak detections, and water systems testing.

SCE makes the following recommendations for utilizing the water-energy nexus:

  • Develop an understanding of the value and energy saved for each unit of water saved.
  • Get top-down support from energy and water regulatory agencies.
  • Create strong partnerships among energy and water utilities to collaborate, co-invest and implement synergies.
  • Leverage the experiences of energy efficiency energy management and verification to create an EM&V environment free of controversy.

Programs that save both water and energy are relatively new and not yet broadly accepted, understood or appreciated. Water and energy-efficiency programs represent a promising trend but nurturing will be needed in order for the programs to proliferate.

"Historically, water and energy efficiency programs have generally not worked together," said Steven Nadel, executive director of ACEEE. "But the natural relationship between saving water and saving energy has recently spurred some efforts to collaborate."

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