New EFCN Webinars – Utility Partnerships; Energy Improvements

Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) continue to host a series of no cost small system-focused webinars that should be helpful to state staff engaged in small system support.  Below is information on the latest two in the EFCN series.


Identifying and Overcoming Challenges to Successful Water Utility Partnerships

This webinar will explore the challenges water systems, particularly small water systems, face when entering into agreements and partnerships with other water systems. A variety of partnership models will be discussed and example case study scenarios will be provided, but the primary focus will be on agreements to sell and buy water under different conditions.

DATE:              September 11, 2015

TIME:               1:30-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click Register

The webinar will also examine agreement challenges and strategies that take into consideration local water supply objectives – is the agreement being used to provide a permanent water supply; a time limited water supply that allows for postponement of new facilities; a periodic water supply during times of drought or peak demand; or an emergency water supply times during times of crisis. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss entering into different types of agreements under different circumstances. Jeff Hughes, Director, EFC at UNC Chapel Hill, will be the presenter


 Find Money in the Water System Budget: Paying for Energy Improvements

This webinar will focus on energy savings performance contracting (ESPC). In ESPC, an energy services company (ESCO), a financing firm, a measurement & verification (M&V) firm, and a customer (the water system) come together to design, finance, and build energy improvements at the water system.

DATE:              September 16, 2015

TIME:               2:00 – 3:00PM (eastern)

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For many water systems, the electric (or energy) bill is one of the largest operating expenses regularly incurred by the water system. It is also one of the most controllable operating expenses a water system will have. However, even after energy assessments have been completed, energy usage baselines have been constructed, and project ideas have been drawn up and prioritized, water system managers may lack ideas for how to pay for it.  Glenn Barnes, Director and David Tucker, Project Director – EFC at UNC Chapel Hill are the presenters for this event.

If you have questions about either of these events, please contact:

Laura Flagg (for registration questions) at

Lexi Kay Herndon (for program questions) at


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