Water Stress on U.S. Power Production at Decadal Time Horizons

Topics: Energy, Water/Wastewater,

This report provides risk assessments of U.S. thermoelectric power production at ten-year intervals. It argues that the usual interval, thirty years, is largely insufficient because of natural variation in climate and population change trends. Its analysis predicts where significant future water temperature increases will occur, where power plants will be most vulnerable, and where general water scarcity will be an issue.

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