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Sensitivities of Recent Electricity Generation Water Use Findings to Data Updates and Variability

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James R. Meldrum, Kristen B. Averyt

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Jordan E. Macknick, Robin L. Newmark

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

John Rogers, Nadia Madden

Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, MA

Jeremy I. Fisher

Synapse Energy Economics, Cambridge, MA

Paper No. POWER2013-98227, pp. V002T10A004; 8 pages
  • ASME 2013 Power Conference
  • Volume 2: Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM); Plant Systems, Structures, Components and Materials Issues; Simple and Combined Cycles; Advanced Energy Systems and Renewables (Wind, Solar and Geothermal); Energy Water Nexus; Thermal Hydraulics and CFD; Nuclear Plant Design, Licensing and Construction; Performance Testing and Performance Test Codes
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, July 29–August 1, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Power Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5606-2
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Electricity generating technologies require substantial amounts of water for cooling in steam cycle processes and for other operational processes [1,2]. This study expands on recent research [3,4] that uses estimates of operational water consumption and withdrawal factors for electricity generating technologies, collected from published primary literature [1,5], and power plant statistics provided by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), to calculate and understand the water use by thermoelectric power plants in the United States.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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