Like Water for Electricity

Union of Concerned Scientists gives an overview of how water is used in the generation of electricity.  I came across this Op-Ed at the NYT that claimed more water is used for electricity than agriculture, and just could not believe it, but apparently if you look at surface water withdrawals, it’s true (power: 41%, ag: 37%).  “Withdrawal” just means the water is taken from the river/lake/whatever.  Usually most of it is put back (hotter), which means it can be used again for agriculture.  In any case, the Texas grid came very close to shutting down 10% of its generation in 2011 because of the drought, right as it was experiencing its highest ever loads.  Yet another fun climate-energy feedback.

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