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Workshop on Policies to Promote a Partnership Framework between Energy Investor-Owned Utilities and the Water Sector to Promote Water-Energy Nexus Programs (R.13-12-011)


When: August 13, 2014, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco; also available in real-time via video webcast.

This workshop will be held before Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval to discuss and identify immediate actions that can be taken to address the drought. It will also identify and address barriers to implementation of immediate drought response. The workshop will consist of several panels and will include opportunities for public comment. There may be a quorum of Commissioner present, however, no Commission action will be taken. Attendees wishing to speak will need to be present sign-up.  Questions may be directed to Valerie Malliett ( or Allison Brown (



Water Energy Nexus, CPUC Proceeding R.13-12-011,

Workshop Discussing Water Energy Nexus Actions to Address the Drought

August 13, 2014, 9:30 am-4:30 pm,

California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA,

CPUC Auditorium

9:30-9:35 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Commissioner Sandoval and other

Commissioners in attendance

9:35-10:15 Drought update/report

Moderator Bruce DeBerry, CPUC, Division of Water and Audits

Drought Response Tina Curry, Deputy Director, Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)

Supply Report Bill Croyle, California Department of Water Resources

Water Board Proposals Max Gomberg, Climate Change Advisor, California State Water Resources

Control Board

Data on Water IOU Consumption and Conservation

Jack Hawks, Executive Director, California Water Association

10:15-11:30 Panel on Agricultural, Commercial/Industrial Water-Energy Nexus & the Drought

Moderator Robert Tse, Regional Rural Economic, Broadband, Ag Tech Development Strategies, SDACA‐

Rural Development

David Zoldoske, Ed.D. Director, Center for Irrigation Technology, CSU Fresno

Peter Canessa Agricultural Engineer, Program Manager, Advanced Pumping Efficiency

Program, CSU Fresno

Julien Gervreau Senior Sustainability Manager, Jackson Family Wines

Olivier Jerphagnon Founder, PowWow Energy, Inc.

Dawn Welch Director of Commercial and Industrial Services, SDG&E

11:30-12:30: Panel on Residential Water-Energy Nexus & the Drought

Moderator Robert Castaneda, Director of Market Development, Proteus; Member of CPUC Low

Income Oversight Board

Peter Yolles CEO, WaterSmart

Charles Bohlig Supervisor of Water Conservation, East Bay Municipal Utility District

Morrice Blackwell New Product Sales and Market Development Manager , Badger Meter

Kevin Jefferson Director of Research, Urban Releaf

Kevin Shore Commercial and Industrial Segment Manager, SoCalGas

Danilo Sanchez CPUC, Office of Rate Payer Advocates

12:30-1:30: Lunch On Your Own

1:30-2:30- Intra-agency Coordination: Aligning Energy Efficiency, Energy Savings

Assistance Program, Water Programs to Address the Drought

Moderator Steve St. Marie, CPUC, Policy and Planning Division

Karen Zelmar Director of EE programs, PG&E

Ben Chou Policy Analyst, Water Program, NRDC

Rory Cox CPUC, Energy Division

Patrick Hoglund CPUC, Energy Division

Cynthia Mitchell The Utility Reform Network

Veronica Gutierrez Vice President Local Public Affairs, SCE

Michael Campbell CPUC, Office of Rate Payer Advocates, Program Manager

2:30-3:30 Interagency Coordination to Address the Drought:

Moderator Lisa Beutler, Executive Facilitator, California Water Plan and Water Resources Group,

MWH Americas

Jared Blumenfeld Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Debbie Davis Community and Rural Affairs Advisor, Office of Planning and Research (OPR),

Governor Brown's Office

Diana Brooks, California Department of Water Resources

Bill Croyle California Department of Water Resources

Kelley Gage Principal Water Resources Specialist, San Diego County Water Authority

3:30- 4:00: Public Comment

4:00-4:30: Closing Remarks and Comments by CPUC Commissioners


Agenda in PDF format



Last Modified: 10/6/2014

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