WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 12, 2013 – Industry critics of solar and wind power are quick to assert that there will be problems for renewable energy when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. But a new Civil Society Institute (CSI) report prepared by Synapse Energy Economics suggests that dirty energy sources – including coal-fired electric power, nuclear power, and natural gas from fracking – face an even bigger challenge: What are you going to do if the water doesn’t flow?
The CSI report notes: “Currently, 97 percent of the nation’s electricity comes from thermoelectric or hydroelectric generators, which rely on vast quantities of water to produce electricity … Water is increasingly becoming a limiting factor on U.S. energy production and a key obstacle to maintaining both electricity output and public health and safety. The constraints range from insufficient water supplies to meet power plants’ cooling and pollution control needs—a challenge likely to be exacerbated by climate change, population growth, and competition from other sectors—to the high costs of energy-related water contamination and thermal pollution.” … (see more below) …
Read the Synapse Energy Economics report for the Civil Society Institute.
Read the 09.12.13 CSI news release on the report.
Watch the 09.12.13 CSI Webcast releasing the report.
Listen to the streaming audio file for the 09.12.13 Webcast.
See the statement by CSI Senior Energy Analyst Grant Smith.
See the statement by Synapse Energy Economics.