Water for Energy: Future Water Needs for Electricity in the Intermountain West

Published: November 2011
Authors: Heather Cooley, Julian Fulton, and Peter Gleick
Pages: 64

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The production of electricity, from fuel extraction to electricity generation, has growing impacts on both water availability and quality. This report evaluates future water needs for different energy futures and identifies the growing risk of conflict between electricity production and water availability in the U.S. Intermountain West. The report identifies strategies to ensure the long-term sustainable use of both of these important resources.