Andrew on how CA Department of Water Resources plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
"It is things like limiting idling time of equipment. It's looking at all of our equipment and seeing that it's sized right for the job," explained John Andrew, assistant deputy at DWR.
Besides increasing efficiency of pumps and boosting renewable energy resources, the department says it will not renew a contract with that coal-fired power plant in Nevada. Instead the department will use energy from the California Independent System Operator, as it receives more than half of its energy supply from natural gas resources. While natural gas also adds to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it produces almost 45 percent fewer carbon emissions than coal, and lower levels of harmful nitrogen oxides and particulates.
"We're only one of some fifty-odd state agencies," said Andrew. "We're hoping we can set an example for our sister agencies."