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Sandians Recognized in Environmental Science & Technology’s Best Paper Competition

A paper by Vince Tidwell, Barbie Moreland, and Katie Zemlick (all currently in or formerly members of Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept.), “Geographic footprint of electricity use for water services in the western US,” was selected by Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) as the 2014 first runner-up for best paper in the “Environmental Technology” category. [...]

Sandians Published in American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology

Electricity use by water service sector and county. Shown are electricity use by (a) large-scale conveyance, (b) groundwater irrigation pumping, (c) surface water irrigation pumping, (d) drinking water, and (e) wastewater. Aggregate electricity use across these sectors (f) is also mapped. Vince Tidwell and Barbie Moreland (both in Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept.) [...]

By | December 11th, 2014|Analysis, Climate, Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Water Security|Comments Off on Sandians Published in American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology

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

Eastern, 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 Eastern, Western and Texas Interconnects