We apply our expertise in environmental and natural resource economics to water resource litigation, water transactions, and the development of water resource policy.
Water Resource Management
Analysis Group has performed valuations of water resources and related infrastructure, designed and evaluated alternative water policies and management strategies, and conducted impact analyses of legal decisions and regulatory changes related to water supply and infrastructure. Our clients have included utilities, government agencies, and private land and water rights owners.
In many regulatory contexts, policymakers use economic criteria to determine whether specific permits or standards are appropriate. For example, state regulators can remove specific water body use restrictions if the required pollution controls would cause “substantial and widespread economic and social impact.”
Economic analysis can be a critical component of determining the necessary level of environmental control. Analysis Group has significant expertise in performing analyses to evaluate economic criteria associated with environmental permitting and regulations.
For companies and industry groups, we have conducted studies related to permitting of cooling water intake and discharge at power plants.
Climate Change and Water Resources
Analysis Group professionals have applied their expertise to water resources issues in the context of climate change. We have consulted in engagements involving:
- Managing water resource use in energy generation
- Balancing energy use in water resource transport
- Developing strategic responses to water resource challenges arising from climate change