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Energy-Water Report to Congress

Energy-Water Roadmap Process


A National Energy-Water Roadmap Program is being initiated in 2005, as requested in Congressional appropriations in FY 2005. The purpose of the Roadmap is to assess the effectiveness of existing programs within the Department of Energy and other Federal agencies in addressing energy and water related issues, and to assist the DOE in defining the direction of research, development, demonstration, and commercialization efforts to insure that:

  1. Energy-related issues associated with providing adequate water supplies, optimal management and efficient use of water, and
  2. Water-related issues associated with providing adequate supplies, optimal management and efficient use of energy
are being adequately and efficiently addressed in the future.

The Energy-Water Roadmap Approach and Framework

The Energy-Water Roadmap is needs-driven. It will be developed by conducting regional and national workshops with participation by representatives from a broad range of user communities including environmental organizations, policy and regulatory groups, economic development organizations, industry/supplier associations, government agencies (federal, state, tribal), key non-governmental organizations, science and technology providers (national laboratories, universities, research institutions), and water and energy resource management and generation and production groups, and other knowledgeable stake-holders from across the country.

Three regional needs workshops are designed to help ensure state and regional participation in identifying major issues: technology, policy, or regulatory gaps, competing energy and water demands and concerns, economic and environmental drivers. The regional needs assessment workshops will be followed by gap analysis and establishment of user-informed prioritization criteria. This will then be followed by a national technology innovation workshop and subsequent establishment of recommended directions and prioritization for technology research, development, and implementation.

The general Energy-Water Roadmap workshop approach and schedule is identified below.

E-W approach

This shows the distinction between the activities driven more by the user communities, and those that more heavily engage the S&T developer and provider communities. Needs assessments and establishment of prioritization criteria will be established by the user communities, while innovative technical solutions and R&D directions to meet the identified needs will draw more heavily on the Science & Tecnology (S&T) communities. Gap analyses, R&D prioritization and strategies, and other cross-cutting assessments will include a broad mix of technical experts and stakeholders.

The major tasks for the planned roadmap process are summarized as follows:

  • Collect existing and available Energy-Water related data, assessments, and other major background information relevant to the major sector themes, cross-cutting issues, and interdependencies
  • Develop and coordinate cross-cutting Policy and Economic Analyses
  • Hold three (3) Needs Identification workshops (Western, Central, Eastern) to identify regional issues and needs associated with energy and water issues
  • Perform gap analysis and establish user-informed prioritization criteria based on results of needs assessment workshops
  • Hold Technology Innovations & Solutions workshop, which will include socialization, review and validation of gap analysis
  • Rank research directions and strategies based upon needs, gaps, potential technical solutions, and prioritization criteria
  • Aggregate, leverage, and integrate regional issues and results into a nationally coordinated and regionally focused Energy-Water program

Roles and Responsibilities

The language from the Congressional roadmap appropriation identifies roles for several organizations to help guide and support the Energy-Water Roadmap process. They include:

  • An Executive Committee of national water and energy experts representing federal agencies and water and energy associations from around the country established to provide guidance and oversight review of all efforts and processes,
  • An Advisory Panel of DOE national laboratory representatives (known as the Energy-Water Nexus group) to provide planning and review support on all aspects of the needs assessment and technical innovation workshops, and
  • Sandia National Laboratories, who will provide overall planning and implementation oversight and support for the Energy-Water Roadmap activities, including workshop facilitation and coordination, logistical support, gap analysis efforts, research and development ranking, and final report development.
Sandia will work with the Executive Committee and the Advisory Panel to ensure adequate participation in the roadmap process by an appropriate and representative mix of energy and water experts and stakeholders from across the country. They will also be responsible for facilitating the execution of each roadmap workshop and the integration and documentation of results.

The Utton Center, a water law and policy analysis center at the University of New Mexico, will team with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to provide assistance in policy, regulatory, and economic issues identification and analysis support for the workshops and final report.

Energy-Water Roadmap Report

The primary product from the Energy-Water Roadmap process will be a report summarizing needs, prioritization criteria, major gaps, innovative technical approaches and associated research needs, R&D priorities and strategies, and associated policy, regulatory, and economic assessments. This is expected to result in a roadmap that includes regional issues and cross-cutting interdependencies. Derivative information will include guidance for regional R&D issues, extramural federal and state agency R&D participation, and guidance for technology transfer and commercialization with industry.

Mike Hightower
Water for Energy Project Lead

Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800, MS-0755
Albuquerque, NM 87185-0755