US water stress may drive shift to renewable power

By Gerard Wynn
Global Climate Change News & Analysis
Updated on 21 June 2014, 5:43 am
Climate change may drive a shift to more wind and solar power generation, to conserve water, a U.S. Department of Energy report said this week. The report found a risky mutual dependence between water and energy. Energy was needed to pump, treat and transport water, while water was needed to cool electricity generating equipment in thermal power plants such as gas, coal, nuclear and concentrated solar power.  Such thermoelectric power accounts for 40% of all U.S. freshwater use.

Climate change including more storms and droughts would intensify those mutual risks, the report said.  READ MORE