VIDEO: The Overarching Issues: Energy/Water Nexus

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Martz Summer Conference (4th: 2012: Boulder, Colo.)



8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Energy/Water Nexus: The Role of Water in a Low Carbon Energy Future: Water for Energy/Energy for Water

Introduction: Mark Squillace, Director, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado Law School

Moderator: Doug Kenney, Director, Western Water Policy Program, Natural Resources Law Center


Water for Energy: Kristen Averyt, Associate Director of Research, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Energy for Water: Stacy Tellinghuisen, Senior Energy/Water Policy Analyst, Western Resource Advocates, Boulder, CO

Water's Effect on Transmission Planning: Alex Schroeder, Colorado Energy Office, Senior Manager of Transportation Fuels Office

Commentator: Dr. Robert Wilkinson, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA


Mark Squillace, Doug Kenney

Streaming Media


The future of the planet may depend upon our ability to increase energy supplies even as we reduce carbon emissions. This conference will address how a low-carbon energy program might evolve with a particular focus on the American West. It will focus on the future of energy in the West--on a “managed transition” to a different energy mix, on the need to nest this effort in a framework that acknowledges interconnections, and on identifying the most salient opportunities to consider the legal, political, financial, and technical challenges.

Alternate Title

Water/Energy Nexus