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The Current January 2016
The Current
January 2016


Commissioner Honorable Describes Her Improbable Path To FERC Leadership
By Catherine Edmonson

WCEE’s recent Women in Leadership Reception featured FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable. Commissioner Honorable was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Barack Obama in August 2014 and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014. She is a strong advocate for women’s career advancement, as she demonstrated during the Oct. 29 evening event.


The 2015 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium and Winners of the C3E Awards
By Tenley Dalstrom

The 2015 U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Symposium was held at MIT on November 4–5, 2015, and featured women from every stage of the clean energy career path.


Water is both a source of life and a source of conflict. Water's availability and scarcity have far-reaching effects, from prompting mass migrations of communities in search of clean water supplies, to disrupting trade, to nurturing the growth of civilizations, such as the Egyptians along the Nile. This issue of The Current looks at water from different perspectives, ranging from the Army Corps of Engineers' responsibilities in managing, to rate-making in Illinois, to water security and sanitation in Latin America. These articles demonstrate the vast numbers of ways water is a part of our lives. 

- Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari, Managing Editor

Thirsty Energy: A Spotlight on the Energy Sector’s Water Dependencies
By Noël M. Bakhtian

Do a quick word association on “energy security.” I’m guessing you hit on concepts like oil supply, energy independence, Strategic Petroleum Reserve, supply and demand, OPEC, continuous and affordable energy availability, and “all-of-the-above” energy strategy. But we typically miss a crucial and increasingly uncertain dependency: water.


How Exactly Does the US Coast Guard Manage Waterways?
By CDR Meridena Kauffman and LT Josephine Long

While the Coast Guard is known for its search and rescue mission, the organization plays a major role in management of the nation’s waterways, known as the Marine Transportation System (MTS). The MTS is a complex system that includes over 350 ports and 68,000 vessel calls at those ports, 3,700 marine terminals, 238 lock chambers, 1,400 intermodal connections, 92,000 aids to navigation, 640 ferry vessels and 147 million passengers, 110 cruise ships with10 million passengers, and 12 million recreational boats with 74 million boaters.


Latin America is Thirsty for Better Water Management
By Johanna Koolemans-Beynen

The provision of drinking water and sanitation are key issues for sustainable development in much of the developing world and for Latin America in particular. Despite having 26 percent of global river runoff and only 6 percent of the world's population, one in eight people in the region, 77 million people, lack access to clean drinking water.


How Can Access to Clean Water Empower Women?
By Ana Olaya-Rotonti

On September 25, 2015, the United Nations Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The vision of what member nations hope the world will look like by the year 2030 is described through 17 different development milestones that will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed upon 15 years ago.


The Case Against Offshore Drilling
By Jackie Savitz

Most people wade about one sentence deep into the debate on offshore oil drilling. Many believe that expanding offshore drilling is an economic necessity and that our continued reliance on the automobile makes it a practical necessity as well. Those that wade a little deeper point out the need for energy independence, a matter of national security.


Water Utility Acquisition – An Illinois Model for Incentivizing Acquisitions
By Maris Jager

The water industry in the United States is uniquely situated – regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by individual states, and, in certain regions, by Native American tribes, the water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure in this country is supported by a network of water treatment plants, distribution lines, sewer lines, and storage facilities. In many instances, this network is outdated and in some cases, is over 100 years old and in need of investment and improvement.



Decoupling Coupling: The Ratemaking Dilemma
By Branko Terzic

At the core of many of the issues in popular public utility discussion such as "death spiral," "net metering" and need for a "new paradigm" is the problem created, a few decades ago, by "coupling."



News and Notes

The US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) has released a series of Top Markets Reports, which are worldwide overviews of opportunities for specific sectors. Several of the reports may be of interest to WCEE members: Civil Nuclear; Environment; Renewable Energy; Renewable Energy; and Smart Grid.



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The Current Team

Marketing and Communications Section Chair:
Pat Courtney Strong

Executive Editor:
Pat Courtney Strong

Managing Editor:
Alexandra Campbell Ferrari

Marketing and Communication Section Members:

Molly Bauch, Jayne Brady, Cathryn Courtin, Tenley Dalstrom, Mary Fay, Alexandra Campbell Ferrari, Jody Foster, Meghan Gross, Katie Key, Anne Lagomarcino, Kyra McLardie, Patricia McMurray, Nadia Merdassi, Tiffin Shewmake, Pat Courtney Strong

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Sustaining Sponsors

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ClearView Energy Partners LLC
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Electric Power Supply Association
Eversource Energy
Friends of Cheryl
Hogan Lovells LLP
ITC Holdings
K & L Gates
PG&E Corporation
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Stinson Leonard Street
Van Ness Feldman LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

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ClearView Energy Partners LLC
Energetics Inc
Husch Blackwell
Latham & Hawkins
Natural Resource Group
Power Insights
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