2018-05-22 National Governors Association

Water Energy Nexus in State Retreat for the state of Tennessee

Agenda

Presentations

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the first a Water Energy Nexus in State Retreat for the state of Tennessee to explore improving integration of water and energy policy to achieve efficiencies, conserve limited resources, and reduce customers’ costs in both urban and rural communities. Participants will specifically discuss the future of the Water and Wastewater Energy Efficiency Partnership and the Wastewater Nutrient Optimization Programs.  The next Water Energy Nexus meeting will be with the state of Minnesota in August.

May 24, 2018

Welcome & Introduction

Speakers:

  • Kendra Abkowitz, assistant commissioner, Office of Policy & Sustainable Practices, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
  • Bevin Buchheister, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy, & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Background on Programs and Purpose of Retreat

Speaker:

  • Jennifer Dodd, director, Division of Water Resources, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

Discussion: Pros and Cons of the Program

Moderators:

  • Christina Ashie Guidry, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
  • Patricio Portillo, policy analyst, Environment, Energy, & Transportation

Discussion: Future Direction of the Program

Moderators

  • Kendra Abkowitz, assistant commissioner, Office of Policy & Sustainable Practices, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
  • Bevin Buchheister, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy, & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Lunch & Keynote

Speaker:

  • Glen McManus, director of operations, Renewable Water Resources, Greenville South Carolina

Discussion: Develop Recommendations for the Programs

Moderators

  • Christina Ashie Guidry, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
  • Bevin Buchheister, senior policy analyst, NGA Center

Discussion: Action Plan Components & Next Steps

Moderators

  • Kendra Abkowitz, assistant commissioner, Office of Policy & Sustainable Practices, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
  • Bevin Buchheister, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy, & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Develop Action Plan & Closing Remarks

Moderators

  • Kendra Abkowitz, assistant commissioner, Office of Policy & Sustainable Practices, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
  • Patricio Portillo, policy analyst, Environment, Energy, & Transportation
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