Water is critical to the deployment of carbon neutral energy technologies in Intermountain West. An open workshop sponsored by the Department of Energy’s I-WEST examines the issue from all angles and gives interested stakeholders, officials and citizens a voice in planning for the region’s energy future. Photo courtesy Dreamstime
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As planning for carbon-free power generation gains momentum in Intermountain West, water has become a key enabling resource. To provide stakeholders and the public with an opportunity to learn about the issues and address their concerns regarding water availability, use and conservation during this transition, the Intermountain West Energy Sustainability & Transitions Initiative is hosting a free virtual workshop on June 14.
“In regions such as Intermountain West, where persistent drought and water scarcity are already impacting communities, environments and economies, water management is a key enabler of the energy transition” , said Jolante Van Wijk, a geologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a member of I-WEST’s strategic planning team. “This workshop is an opportunity for regional stakeholders to join the conversation on the challenges and opportunities that water presents as I-WEST develops a roadmap for the transition.”
Van Wijk encourages concerned citizens and advocacy groups; farmers and ranchers; tribal, state, city and county leaders and project managers working on water-related initiatives to participate in the free three-hour workshop. It will take place in the form of a videoconference on the WebEx platform, which can be downloaded free of charge. For more information, to consult an agenda or to register, visit https://iwest.org/water-and-energy-how-do-they-mix/ or contact [email protected] for assistance.
“We are excited to be part of the community dialogue on our region’s transition to new low-carbon energy economies by leveraging technologies such as hydrogen generation and carbon dioxide capture,” said John. Sarrao, assistant director for science, technology and engineering at Los Alamos. National Laboratory. “In our region, water is clearly something we need to understand and address as we seek to deploy these technologies. This workshop is an important step in this journey.
Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories are co-hosting the workshop under the Memorandum of Understanding between the State of New Mexico and the two New Mexico National Laboratories.
Working together on a roadmap for the energy transition
Led by Los Alamos for the US Department of Energy, I-WEST encompasses Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. I-WEST’s grassroots approach to achieving a carbon-neutral economy emphasizes contribution at the community level and prioritizes the geographic attributes, economic landscape and societal readiness of the region.
The energy transition roadmap will incorporate public feedback from this workshop and others. The roadmap will describe the needs and concerns of people in the region, including available resources for sustainable energy, potential industrial partners, and economic and political landscapes.
The roadmap will also define, at a regional level, which sustainable energy technologies could be most appropriately used in carbon-neutral energy systems, where energy production does not add new carbon dioxide to the environment. atmosphere. These technologies include clean hydrogen, bioenergy, and carbon capture, storage and utilization.
The workshop will combine technical perspectives on water for power generation in the I-WEST region with a lively discussion where participants can ask questions, voice concerns and share ideas. Participants are encouraged to submit their water-related questions on the workshop registration webpage to help stimulate in-depth discussion.
The workshop will cover current regional water use for daily consumption, agriculture and energy production. It will then examine the water requirements for various carbon-neutral energy technologies and their impact on water use. Experts will provide projections of likely changes in surface water availability as the climate changes and discuss opportunities for water harvesting from produced water (from oil and gas operations) and storage of water. CO2.
The roundtables will give stakeholders and other registrants the opportunity to comment and ask questions.
The information gathered during the workshop will help shape the I-WEST roadmap.
June 14, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MT.
Held virtually via Webex.
Register on https://iwest.org/water-and-energy-how-do-they-mix/ or contact [email protected] for assistance. Registration is free but mandatory for participants to participate.