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In the United States the energy sector accounts for approximately 41% of daily fresh water withdrawals and 49% of total overall daily water withdrawals for the following energy-related uses:
The Energy Information Administration projects the U.S. population will grow by 70 million people between 2005 and 2030, increasing electric power demand by 50 percent and transportation fuel demand by 30 percent. This will require more water. Unfortunately, this growth in water demand is occurring at a time when the nation’s fresh water supplies are seeing increasing stress from:
The Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity has initiated a $60M program to conduct long-range transmission planning within the Western, Eastern and Texas Interconnections. As a result of this project, planners will assissted in:
Western Interconnection Energy-Water Planning Study Led by Sandia National Laboratories
Support for this effort is led by Sandia National Laboratories and is supported by Argonne National Laboratory, Electric Power Research Institute, Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the University of Texas. Objectives include:
The Energy-Water Decision Support System is comprised of seven interacting modules:
The data, models, scenario analyses, and insights derived from this effort will provide a significantly improved body of evidence for policy and decision making at local, state and federal levels, including:
In addition, this project will supplement interconnection-wide transmission planning studies with information on water availability, which is critical in shaping electricity generation options.
Sandia National Laboratories
PO Box 5800; MS 1137
Albuquerque, NM 87185
|Organization||Point of Contact|
|Argonne National Laboratory||John Gasper|
|Electric Power Research Institute||Robert Goldstein|
|Idaho National Laboratory||Gerald Sehlke|
|National Renewable Energy Laboratory||Jordan Macknick|
|Pacific Northwest National Laboratory||Mark Wigmosta|
|University of Texas||Michael Webber|
Yan, Y. E., Tidwell, V. C., King, C. W., Cook, M. A., Demissie, Y. K., Harto, C. B., Wigmosta, M. S., Coleman, A., Tesfa, T. K., Moreland, B. D., Zemlikc, C. M., Roberts, B. L., 2013. Impact of Future Climate Variability on ERCOT Thermoelectric Power Generation.
Tidwell, V.C., Moreland, B.D., Zemlick, K.M., Roberts, B.L., Passell, H.D., Jensen, D., Forsgren, C., Sehlke, G., Cook, M.A., King, C.W., Larsen, S., 2014. Mapping Water Availability and Cost in the Western United States, Environmental Research Letters, 9(6), 064009.
Yan, E., Y. Demissie, M. Wigmosta, V. Tidwell, C. King, 2013. “Potential drought impacts on electricity generation in Texas“, Proceedings of the ASME 2013 Power Conference, pp. V002T10A008: 1-5.
Harto, C., T. Kimell, D. Elcock, “Estimating Annual Water Consumption for Fossil Fuel Production in the Western US“, soon to be submitted to Environmental Science and Technology Letters.
Zemlick, K., V.C. Tidwell, B.L. Roberts and C.R. Castillo, Suitability assessment of non-potable water to meet the electricity generation demands in 2030, Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, 151, 95-105, 2013.
Yan, E.Y., V.C. Tidwell, C.W. King, M.A. Cook, Y.K. Demissie, C.B. Harto, M.S. Wigmosta, A. Coleman, T.K. Tesfa, B.D. Moreland, C.M. Zemlick and B.L. Roberts, “Impact of Future Climate Variability on ERCOT Themoelectric Power Generation“.
Tidwell, V.C., Passell, H.D., Moreland, B. and Castillo, C., 2011. Energy-Water Analysis of the 10-Year WECC Transmission Planning Study Cases, SAND2011-7281, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM.
Harto, C.B. and Yan, Y.E., 2011, Analysis of Drought Impacts on Electricity Production in the Western and Texas Interconnections of the United States, ANL/EVS/R-11/14, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL.
Yan, E., Gaspar, J., Tidwell, V., Wigmosta, M., and King, C., Impacts of Potential Future Drought on Thermoelectricity Generation, Groundwater Protection Council Annual Forum 2013, St. Louis, Missouri, September 23-25, 2013.
Yan, E., Wigmosta, M., Tidwell, V., and King, C., Impacts of Potential Future Droughts on Electricity Generation, Abstract H11J-1277, presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., December 9-13 2013.
Harto, C.B., 2012, “Energy and Water in the Western and Texas Interconnections,” presented at the DOE Electric Reliability and Drought Workshop, Denver, CO, July 25-26.
Harto, C.B., Y.E. Yan, and V.C. Tidwell, 2012, “Risk to Electricity Generation from Drought in the Western United States”, presented at the Energy Utility, and Environment Conference, Phoenix AZ, January 30-February 1.
Tidwell, V.C., 2012. Energy and Water in the Western and Texas Interconnections, Fall Meeting of the Western States Water Council, San Antonio, TX, October 11, 2012.
Tidwell, V.C., Macknick, J., Zemlick, K., Sanchez, J., Woldeyesus, T., Transitioning to zero freshwater withdrawl in the U.S. for Thermoelectric Generation, Applied Energy, in press, 2014.
Tidwell, V.C., Malczynski, L.A., Kobos, P.H., G. Klise, E. Shuster, Potential impacts of electric power production utilizing natural gas, renewables and carbon capture and sequestration on U.S. freshwater resources, Environmental Science and Technology, in press, 2013.
Tidwell, V.C., Kobos, P.H., L.A. Malczynski, G. Klise, C.R. Castillo, Exploring the water-thermoelectric power nexus, Journal of Water Planning and Management, 138(5), 491-501, 2012.
Pacsi, A.P., Sanders, K.T., Webber, M.E., Allen, D.T., Spatial and temporal impacts on water consumption in Texas from shale gas development and use, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2014.