Estimating the value of water-use efficiency in the Intermountain West

"Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of water-efficiency programs can be difficult, because not all the benefits are easily quantified. This report presents an economic framework based on two tools from the California Urban Water Conservation Council to estimate the avoided costs and environmenta...

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Main Author: Groves, David G.
Corporate Author: Rand Environment, Energy, and Economic Development (Program)
Other Authors: Griffin, James, Hajiamiri, Sara
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Santa Monica, CA Rand Corp. 2008, 2008
Series:Technical report
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Collection: JSTOR Open Access Books - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:"Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of water-efficiency programs can be difficult, because not all the benefits are easily quantified. This report presents an economic framework based on two tools from the California Urban Water Conservation Council to estimate the avoided costs and environmental benefits of an agency's efficiency programs. The report evaluates the benefits of Denver Water efficiency programs and uses an exploratory modeling approach to accommodate the significant uncertainty in such estimations. The results of this study suggest that the inclusion of long-run avoided costs and environmental benefits is critical to fully recognizing the value of water-use efficiency programs. The authors find that evaluating only the short-run avoided costs leads to the conclusion that many water-efficiency projects already a part of Denver Water's 10-year conservation plan are not cost-effective. When long-run avoided costs and environmental and recreational benefits were factored in, all but two Denver Water programs were estimated to be cost-effective. The timing of projected water savings from efficiency programs is also critical. Water savings from programs that concentrate savings during summer months, when water is scarcer, should be valued higher than saving from programs that lead to more uniform water savings throughout the year, because these water savings reduce peak water needs."--Publisher's website
Item Description:"Sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.". - "Rand Environment, Energy, and Economic Development.". - Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002
Physical Description:xviii, 69 pages illustrations (some color), color map
ISBN:9780833043979
6611430172
9786611430177
9781281430175
0833043978
128143017X