Leading scholars, policymakers and practitioners joined for a day filled with the complex, confounding and exciting challenges of how water will play a role in future energy production at a symposium organized by the Natural Resources Journal, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Presentations at the symposium titled, “The Water-Energy Conundrum: Water Constraints on New Energy Development in the Southwest,” ranged from the regional perspective of the energy-water nexus to how uranium, solar and coal development co-exist with water on the Navajo Nation. Energy sustainability, along with water conservation and energy efficiency also were discussed.
Speakers included Michael Connor, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation; Stanley Pollack, general counsel for the Navajo Nation; Tanya Trujillo, counsel with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Robert Glennon from the University of Arizona; Martin Pasqualetti from Arizona State University; Joan Drake (`01) of Modrall Sperling; Stacy Tellinghuisen, a water analyst at Western Resource Advocates; Cindy Murray, chief counsel for utility operations at Public Service Company of New Mexico and Michael Hightower of Sandia National Laboratories. The UNM natural resources law faculty also figured prominently in the symposium, with professors Reed Benson, Denise Fort and Eileen Gauna (`85) playing various roles.
Following the symposium, past and present members of the NRJ mingled at a reception.