Water-Energy Nexus: Water Utilities to Benefit from Advanced Power Sector Solutions
On 20 December 2017, California water utility Long Beach Water Department (LBWD) and San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions announced a partnership to build an energy storage system to support LBWD’s 62 million gallons per day groundwater treatment plant.
This contract demonstrates a groundswell of innovation taking place across infrastructure that will have wide-sweeping cost and reliability impacts going forward.
To date, the water and power sector verticals have coexisted as customers of one another, rather than as partners in managing energy and water flows within the municipal networks. A paradigm shift is underway — expected be led by the power sector, yet potentially benefitting water utilities.