Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Energy and water are linked

People often think of energy and water as separate issues, but they are inextricably linked. A lot of power goes to pumping water. The poster child is California which uses about 20% of its electricity to pump water, according to a Stanford study.

And making electricity, especially from nuclear or other fossil fuels, uses a lot. As climate change drives drought and floods, thermal power plants will increasingly be at risk.

For nuclear plants, that warning is particularly grave. Reactors require 720 gallons of water per megawatt-hour of electricity they produce, according to data from the National Energy Technology Laboratory in West Virginia cited in 2012 by the magazine New Scientist. That compares with the roughly 500 gallons coal requires and 190 gallons natural gas needs to produce the same amount of electricity. Solar plants, by contrast, use approximately 20 gallons per megawatt-hour, mostly for cleaning equipment, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group

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