Air Quality & Energy
INRM staff has had extensive experience working with the CA Air Resources Board, Public Utilities Commission, and Energy Commission to develop policies on greenhouse gas emissions at the nexus of water conveyance, renewable energy and air quality; and helped expand the CA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation’s integrated pest management to develop and promote effective alternatives to pesticide use.
Climate change may have its greatest impact in the areas of air quality and energy. Our experience with renewable energy and improving energy-use efficiency has paid dividends in terms of cleaner air and return on investment. Renewables are not new to us, nor are the emission-reducing benefits of sustainable resource management or coalition-building efforts to overcome potential objections.
Clearing the Way for Clean Air and Energy
INRM staff has worked at the center of policies and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency. In fact, INRM founder Mark Rentz, participated on then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Water-Energy Team of California’s Climate Action Team – the group responsible for developing policy proposals to reduce green house gas emissions associated with energy and water consumption and develop incentives for increased utilization of clean energy alternatives.
From water supply reliability to clean energy production and sustainable forest management, our experts have worked on a wide range of projects designed to minimize climate change-related impacts. We also have developed the relationships critical to projects through the additional regulatory complexity climate change has created.
In policy circles and on the ground, our experts have worked to produce more clean energy and fewer greenhouse gas emissions. We’re uniquely positioned to help clients advance projects that address our changing climate.
At the Forefront of Preparing for Climate Change
INRM experts have held leadership positions in developing and applying climate change related policies, and have:
- Developed, as part the Water-Energy Team of California’s Climate Action Team, proposals to increase incentives for increased utilization of renewable energy sources including biomass, solar, hydropower and wind
- Served on a task for to engage federal and California state agencies in policy discussions regarding the relationship between sustainable forest management and greenhouse gas emission reductions
- Helped craft the California Forest Fire Protection Act of 20004 to provide forestland owners with a streamlined approval process for removing excess growth and reduce wildfire-related emissions, the first legislation co-sponsored by the California Forestry Association and Sierra Club
- Promoted state sponsored incentive-based programs to encourage clean energy use and improved energy-use efficiency for California water distribution operations
- Developed programs to ensure and simplify water agency access to the California Energy Commission’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program and other funding to improve energy efficiency associated with water delivery systems
The common theme in advancing projects with potential environmental impacts is leveraging experience in legislative and policy circles, building coalitions focused on positive outcomes, and saving clients money. It is our unique combination of in-depth expertise and broad-based experience that enables INRM to develop integrated solutions that conserve resources, provide economic advantages and pave the way for long-term success.