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Freshwater Use by U.S. Power Plants: Electricity’s Thirst for a Precious Resource


The Kresge-funded research by the Energy and Water in a Warming World initiative represents the first systematic assessment of both the effects of power plant cooling on water resources in the U.S. and the information available to help guide public- and private-sector decision-makers.

By Averyt, K., J. Fisher, A. Huber-Lee, A. Lewis, J. Macknick, N. Madden, J. Rogers, and S. Tellinghuisen. Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, Mass., November, 2011