Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project

Report
Ohio River Basin
Water Quality Trading Project
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Winter Meeting – Washington, DC.
February 5, 2013
Hank Courtright, Senior Vice President
Electric Power Research Institute
Electric Power Research Institute
Generation
Delivery
Customer
Independent, Objective, Collaborative
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Our Ongoing Mission…
Provide society with…
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Water Resources Management
Reduce water demand
for power generation
Reduce power demand
for water production and
treatment
Minimize environmental
impact of water use
One of Six EPRI R&D Strategic Issues
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What is Water Quality Trading?
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Ohio River Basin – Water Quality Trading
Stakeholder Collaboration
Organizations
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Electric Power Research Institute
American Farmland Trust
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation
Commission (ORSANCO)
Tennessee Valley Authority
American Electric Power
Exelon
Hoosier Energy
Agencies
Duke Energy
• USEPA
Hunton & Williams
• USDA
Kieser & Associates
UC Santa Barbara
States
• Wastewater Treatment Plants
• Agriculture
• Power Plants
• Environmental Groups
• Ohio
• Indiana
• Kentucky
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Steering Committees
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Trading Plan and Pilot Program Launched
August 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Representatives from the permitting offices and the agriculture agencies in
Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky signed the trading plan.
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Objective: Trading across the Watershed
Pilot Trades (2012-2015)
30 farmer contracts
45,000-60,000 lbs N/yr
15,000-20,000 lb P/yr
Focus on KY, IN, OH
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Watershed Model Adds Scientific Rigor
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Steering Committees
• Wastewater Treatment Plants – National Association of Clean
Water Agencies (NACWA) host EPRI via their WQT working
group
• Power Plants – Duke, AEP, TVA, Hoosier, Exelon
• Environmental Groups
– The Nature Conservancy OH
– Sierra Club OH
– OH Environmental Council
– Environmental Law and Policy Center IN
– MN Center for Environmental Advocacy
– KY Water Alliance
– Kentucky Resources Council
– Environmental Defense Fund
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Contacts and Questions
Jessica Fox
Jfox@epri.com
650-855-2138
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www.epri.com/ohiorivertrading
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Water Research Center
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Together…Shaping the Future of Electricity
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