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This month Stockholm Environment Institute released two brand new reports: Water-Energy Nexus in the Western States: Projections to 2100; and California Water Supply and Demand: Technical Report. Check them out here!
SEI's report Water-Energy Nexus in the Western States: Projections to 2100 analyzes the entire eleven-state Western Electric Coordinating Council--ranging from the pacific states through Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico offering several scenarios for different possible water-energy management paths. As the report summary states:
Our scenarios project power plant construction and operation, focusing on costs, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions, from now through 2100.
In each energy scenario, demand is based on state population trends, and on temperature
forecasts from climate scenarios. Supply is initially based on existing power plants, shifting
toward a new fuel mix as new plants are built; each scenario uses a different fuel mix, based on
political objectives and policy constraints such as water reduction requirements or greenhouse
gas emission limits.
SEI's second report California Water Supply and Demand: Technical Report examines the differing possibilities for California's water supply and demand--balancing water for energy, urban or residential water use, and agricultural water use--under three circumstances: no adaptation to climate change; slow adaptation to climate change; and fast adaptation to climate change.
Both of these reports could be of significant use for policy makers, energy and water management organizations and environmental organizations in the like for the examination and comparison of the various water and energy management strategies under differing regulation, policy and climate conditions.