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Title: Water supply/demand alternatives for electric generation in the Colorado Basin

Abstract

Energy development in the western states, particularly the Colorado River Basin, poses two water-related concerns: that water availability may constrain development; and that industrial water use may have a negative impact on other water users. Water use for electricity generation in the Colorado Basin is examined. Substitution of dry cooling for wet cooling can almost eliminate the consummptive use of water at an electric plant. The cost of water saved, however, is quite high compared to the cost of water supply alternatives such as water transfers and groundwater and waste water use. Water use plans of utilities in the region reflect both an incentive for surface water conservation and the high cost of dry cooling. Considering that dry cooling adds a small amount to the cost of generating electricity, one may conclude that water availability has an insignificant effect on the potential for development. Although detailed evaluation of the impacts on water resources is beyond the scope of this paper, it is suggested that these concerns may be exaggerated.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos Scientific Lab., NM (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6224376
Report Number(s):
LA-7662-MS
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; COLORADO RIVER BASIN; POWER PLANTS; WATER RESOURCES; POWER DEMAND; FORECASTING; WATER REQUIREMENTS; COOLING SYSTEMS; ECONOMICS; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; GROUND WATER; POWER GENERATION; SURFACE WATERS; WASTE WATER; HYDROGEN COMPOUNDS; LIQUID WASTES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; PUBLIC UTILITIES; WASTES; WATER; 200101* - Fossil-Fueled Power Plants- Cooling & Heat Transfer Equipment & Systems; 200106 - Fossil-Fueled Power Plants- Economics; 200203 - Fossil-Fueled Power Plants- Waste Management- Site Selection & Land Use; 290400 - Energy Planning & Policy- Energy Resources

Citation Formats

Abbey, D. Water supply/demand alternatives for electric generation in the Colorado Basin. United States: N. p., 1979. Web.
Abbey, D. Water supply/demand alternatives for electric generation in the Colorado Basin. United States.
Abbey, D. Thu . "Water supply/demand alternatives for electric generation in the Colorado Basin". United States.
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abstractNote = {Energy development in the western states, particularly the Colorado River Basin, poses two water-related concerns: that water availability may constrain development; and that industrial water use may have a negative impact on other water users. Water use for electricity generation in the Colorado Basin is examined. Substitution of dry cooling for wet cooling can almost eliminate the consummptive use of water at an electric plant. The cost of water saved, however, is quite high compared to the cost of water supply alternatives such as water transfers and groundwater and waste water use. Water use plans of utilities in the region reflect both an incentive for surface water conservation and the high cost of dry cooling. Considering that dry cooling adds a small amount to the cost of generating electricity, one may conclude that water availability has an insignificant effect on the potential for development. Although detailed evaluation of the impacts on water resources is beyond the scope of this paper, it is suggested that these concerns may be exaggerated.},
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