A bill under consideration in California would establish registry for energy use by the state’s water sector. Collecting that information could be a major step in stemming greenhouse gas emission and fighting drought.
While several case studies demonstrate that participation in water quality trading markets can have dramatic economic benefits, relatively few communities participate. The U.S. EPA and USDA teamed up to find out why, hoping to increase participation.
The Congressional Budget Office released a report this month indicating that increases in hurricane damage and the resulting requests for federal aid will outpace the country’s economic growth. If these predictions come to fruition, utilities in coastal areas should be prepared to handle increased storm surges and recover without abundant federal aid.
A recent economics benefit analysis has found that increased investment into the Drinking and Clean Water State Revolving Funds will have robust benefits for the economy at large. But will it be enough to increase funding?