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National Conference panel to examine water-energy nexus

From the May 7, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published May 7, 2013

By LeAnne Nienhuis
Education and Customer Programs Manager
Even if much of the United States were not experiencing unprecedented droughts, the fact that half of the nation’s water withdrawals are used for cooling power plants creates a future of greater competition for diminishing amounts of water. Utility planners and policymakers must take into account the increase in costs, the new technologies and the additional regulations that will accompany continued use of a scarce resource. At the 2013 APPA National Conference, panelists will examine the significant impact that water availability will have on our industry and how we should prepare for it. 

Panelists will include Robert Glennon, professor of law and public policy at Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona; Mike Hightower, a member of the technical staff and manager of the energy surety engineering and analysis department at Sandia National Laboratories; and Terry Huval, director of Lafayette Utilities System, La. The panel will be moderated by Gary Stauffer, executive director and CEO of NMPP Energy and chair elect of the APPA board of directors. Ample time will be provided for attendees to ask questions.

The 2013 National Conference will be held June 15-19 in Nashville, Tenn., at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The conference will bring together more than 1,500 public power leaders, including utility boards, mayors, city council members, utility executives, senior managers, future utility leaders and industry partners. Conference registration and program information is available at


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