Our mission is to research, develop, and disseminate efficient technologies and system-based policies for the integrated conservation of water and energy resources.

Around the world, water and energy resources are increasingly stressed by expanding demand, diminished supply, and environmental degradation, all of which occur within the broader context of complex economic and regulatory challenges. Historically, public policy and business practice have treated water and energy as separate resources, but they are inextricably linked. Water delivery and treatment systems and the energy production and distribution infrastructure are intertwined and interdependent. Unfortunately, our ability to measure, monitor, and manage this coupled water-energy system is underdeveloped. The Center for Water-Energy Efficiency (CWEE) at UC Davis seeks to address this gap and advance resource use efficiency through integrated water–energy management.

The Center has the following objectives.

  • Identifying, developing, and testing innovative technologies and practices for aggressive improvements in water-energy efficiency.
  • Designing policies and outreach activities that facilitate market access and penetration of innovative water–energy conservation strategies and technologies.
  • Serving as a collaborative hub for universities, industrial partners, and government agencies to advance water-energy research, education, technology development, and policy assessment.