Lake County, California Carbon Footprint


As part of local and state climate protection planning, Lake County California retained Criterion to prepare a carbon footprint analysis of the public utilities operated by the County. The firm inventoried energy consumption and GHG emissions for water supply, storage, and distribution for ten community water systems; and energy use and GHG emissions for wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal at four regional wastewater systems. The GHG emissions were completely offset by the County’s use of solar power to operate wastewater treatment plants, and recycling of wastewater effluent to create steam for geothermal power production, giving the County utilities carbon footprint of zero.