The California Senate has passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) to use surplus energy to make local water recycling less expensive.
SB 919, which requires the state to direct excess renewable energy that accumulates during the middle of the day to water agencies that recycle or purify water, passed on a bipartisan 35-0 vote. The bill goes next to the Assembly.
When the state has excess renewable energy, electricity prices fall. It can provide an economic benefit to energy-intensive operations, like water suppliers, who can absorb that excess supply, Hertzberg said.
Specifically, SB 919 requires the Public Utilities Commission to use the excess renewable energy to develop a special economic benefit for entities that augment local water supply through recycling.
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