Power Production

August 1, 2016--Minimal impacts from loss of Powell power, canyon institute says (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A group that wants to see the restoration of Glen Canyon and draining of Lake Powell says a new study shows such actions would have minimal impacts from the resulting loss of hydropower. The Glen Canyon Institute says the study it commissioned found there would be negligible impact on the western power grid and electric rates would go up by an average of 8 cents per month for


Water-Energy Nexus

The interdependencies between water and energy, the water-energy nexus, is becoming more prominent. Water is used in all phases of energy production and energy is required to extract, convey, and deliver water. Yet, several trends are adding stress to the water-energy nexus, namely climate change and population growth. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities report, power generation and agriculture-related are the largest users of water in the U.S. However, water withdrawals have been steadily decreasing due to a number of factors, predominantly reduced supplies, while growth in the two fore-mentioned sectors have been steadily increasing.


May 18, 2014--World Bank infographic & report: 'Thirsty energy - securing energy in a water-constrained world' (WaterWired)

Visit WaterWired to view the full infographic and report. For a copy of the original article stop by or write the Water Information Program at 841 East Second Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 or call (970) 247-1302.


November 8, 2013--Electric power conundrum at the crossroads of energy, climate and water (Huff Post)

The U.S. electric power industry has huge challenges to meet in the coming decades. First and foremost it has to meet growing demand for electricity. By 2050 it is estimated that U.S. demand will grow by about 37 percent. And then there's climate. In 2012 the U.S.


August 22, 2013--Record-low flows forecast for Powell (Durango Telegraph)

It may not be hitting rock bottom, but Lake Powell is at record lows, which will have a ripple effect throughout the Colorado Basin. The Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that releases from Powell will hit an all-time low and as a result, there will be less water to send to its downstream neighbor, Lake Mead.


April 24, 2013--Court orders EPA to impose power plant water pollution rule (Environmental News Service)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must meet a court-ordered deadline to issue regulations that clean up power plant water pollution, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled today. The decision turns back an attempt by the utility industry to avoid the financial and operational burdens of the regulations.


January 26, 2011--New report puts a price on water used to generate electricity in Colorado (Coloradoan)

In the wake of a recent report showing Colorado will face severe water shortages by 2050, a Boulder-based conservation group has released a study comparing the water consumption of conventional coal-fired power plants to cleaner burning forms of fuel.


December 30, 2010--Power pushes the envelope of water resources (Pueblo Chieftain)

It takes a lot of water to make juice. Electricity in this case. As the state’s population has increased, so have electric demands. Since most of the state’s electricity is supplied by coal-fired power plants, a lot of water is required to run steam turbines and cool equipment.


May 17, 2010--Water adds new constraints to power (New York Times)

In the United States, thermoelectric power generation — mainly coal, nuclear and natural gas — accounted for 41 percent of U.S. freshwater withdrawals in 2005, U.S. Geological Society data show.


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