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U.S. Cities Quench Growing Thirst with Saltwater

Lake Powell in May 2007. Note the prominent "bathtub ring" made visible by low water. This phenomenon is among the topics discussed during the interview. (Photo Credit: PRA) Ira Flatow interviewed Sandia’s Michael Hightower (Military and Energy Systems Analysis Dept.) for NPR’s “Science Friday,” which aired on September 13th. The program discussed the [...]

By |September 17th, 2013|Analysis, Climate, Energy, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Water Security|Comments Off on U.S. Cities Quench Growing Thirst with Saltwater

Water Increasingly Crucial in Energy Policies, Experts Say

Power generating plants are often located near large sources of fresh water that they use as coolant for the power-generation cycle. Energy policymakers worldwide should look beyond supply security and environmental questions and consider water resource availability if they expect to succeed, experts said May 3 during a forum at the Woodrow Wilson [...]

By |May 16th, 2013|Energy, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Water Increasingly Crucial in Energy Policies, Experts Say

The Energy-Water Nexus, 2012 Edition

Power generation plants are often located near large sources of fresh water that they use as coolant for the power-generation cycle. This cycle looses efficiency as the ambient temperature rises. A blistering summer this year has brought the energy-water nexus into sharp focus: how much power generation depends on water, and how much [...]

By |October 11th, 2012|Climate, Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Water Security|Comments Off on The Energy-Water Nexus, 2012 Edition

Energy and Water in the Western and Texas Interconnects

Water Scarcity Impacts Energy Production 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: Hydroelectric power generation Thermoelectric power plant cooling and air emissions control Energy-resource extraction, refining, and processing The Energy Information Administration [...]

By |March 23rd, 2011|Comments Off on Energy and Water in the Western and Texas Interconnects