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Integrated Energy-Water Planning in the Western and Texas Interconnections

[+] Author Affiliations
Vincent Tidwell

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

John Gasper

Argonne National Laboratory, Washington, DC

Robert Goldstein

Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA

Jordan Macknick

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

Gerald Sehlke

University of Idaho, Idaho Falls, ID

Michael Webber

University of Texas, Austin, TX

Mark Wigmosta

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

Paper No. POWER2013-98319, pp. V002T10A009; 6 pages
doi:10.1115/POWER2013-98319
From:
  • 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

abstract

While long-term regional electricity transmission planning has traditionally focused on cost, infrastructure utilization, and reliability, issues concerning the availability of water represent an emerging issue. Thermoelectric expansion must be considered in the context of competing demands from other water use sectors balanced with fresh and non-fresh water supplies subject to climate variability. An integrated Energy-Water Decision Support System (DSS) is being developed that will enable planners in the Western and Texas Interconnections to analyze the potential implications of water availability and cost for long-range transmission planning. The project brings together electric transmission planners (Western Electricity Coordinating Council and Electric Reliability Council of Texas) with western water planners (Western Governors’ Association and the Western States Water Council). This paper lays out the basic framework for this integrated Energy-Water DSS.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Water

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