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Blogger - Sharon Fraser

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The Council welcomes Sharon Fraser to our team!  Sharon is available part time to answer member questions about water conservation program design or implementation, and use of the Council BMP reporting application. 

She recently retired from the El Dorado Irrigation District after more than 25 years of service, including eight years as the district’s water conservation coordinator. 

Sharon’s blog will offer insight and advice on water conservation program implementation, as well as feature new and successful conservation programs from Council members around the state.  We welcome you to send Sharon questions.  Send your email to asksharon@cuwcc.org.  

Watch for an online request form coming soon to this page to assist you in sending your questions to Sharon.

 

A Blog About Water Conservation & Efficiency for Council Members


What you need to know about BMP 1.4 Reporting

Monday, September 28, 2015
I’ve received several questions about Retail Conservation Pricing this past week, and implementation of this BMP can get complicated, but I’ll give you an overview on the BMP and how to report on it in this week’s blog. Prior to July 1st of this year, there were two basic methods or “Options” for implementation. For both of these options, determination of whether a utility is “on track” is based, in part, on the utility’s annual revenue as reported to the Council. Option 1 evaluates the portion of utility revenue that comes from volumetric charges on customers’ water bills. To be “on track,” a utility must derive at least 70% of its revenue from such charges. Option 2 uses rate design models to calculate a utility-specific percentage of volumetric revenue. Since July 1st, Council members can use new “Option 3.” This option uses a point scale from a three-section matrix. Option 3 reporting, including a spreadsheet tool, was highlighted during a recent Council webinar.  That video is available for members to view on the Council website. [http://cuwcc.org/Calendar/Workshops/Reporting-Database-Training-Videos]

BMP Reporting: help with terms, requirements, and finding resources

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

If you are new to BMP Reporting, this blog will offer information that may make the process easier for you to understand. I’ll define key terms, discuss reporting requirements, and tell you about existing resources that are available for your use. I’ll also answer some reporting questions I’ve received from other members. For instance, regarding logins, you will need to use your general member login to read the rest of this blog. This is different from the BMP Reporting login that allows you to access the separate reporting database to enter and/or submit your agency’s data. 

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