2023 RiverWare User Group Meeting Tuesday, August 29, 8am–5pm
  Wednesday, August 30, 8am–Noon
The Use of Tarrant Regional Water District RiverWare Operational Model as a Planning Tool for Energy Price Spike Response Policy
Vini de Oliveira—Tarrant Regional Water District (Presenter)
Devin Taylor—Tarrant Regional Water District
Nick Mander—Hydros Consulting Inc. (Presenter)

In February 2021, the winter storm Uri caused massive failure of the Texas power-grid, causing catastrophic impacts in infrastructure, economics and society. Water providers, such as Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) suffered from major pipeline breaks that lead to record water demands. In addition to that, energy prices reached ERCOT's market cap during that period, and water providers were exposed to record energy prices that costed them millions of dollars in a short period of time. We will provide a brief overview of TRWD Energy Price Spike Response Policy during periods of high energy demand and how TRWD uses its RiverWare operational model to plan ahead of time and optimize energy costs for water transmission. During 2022, TRWD was able to save $1.3 million, being $750,000 in in electricity demand charges and $550,000 in energy charges, with a single day energy savings of $197,000.

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