March 10, 2015: Texas could save significantly more water if EPA incorporates comments from stakeholders and adopts a more gradual implementation schedule for its new proposed rule requiring lower carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, according to a new report by CNA Corporation. Read the press release. Download the report.
Projections of energy futures for the U.S. suggest that electricity generation will grow by about 30 percent by 2035. Some studies suggest that expansion of conventional thermo-electric power production and economic growth will be constrained because water supplies may be insufficient.
Competing water and energy demands can be intensified by poor water-management policies, climate change, and energy and other policies crafted without consideration of water constraints. Key energy models used for policymaking in the U.S. assume that water is free and infinitely abundant.
CNA Corporation has launched a new area of analysis focused on integrated analysis of energy, water, and climate linkages. Understanding the implications of these linkages will support the development of sound policies and programs that will improve energy security, foster efficiency, and improve the likelihood of a secure, climate-friendly energy future.
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