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Green Energy May Drain Our Water Supplies
Date:6/17/2010

Many of our green energy plans require lots of water, and a lot of potential solutions to water scarcity have steep energy costs.

(PRWEB) June 17, 2010 -- This June award winning publication, IEEE Spectrum features how water is key to making energy, and energy is critical to treating and moving water. According to a new special report in IEEE Spectrum magazine, the flagship monthly publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) the struggle to manage the relationship between water and energy—the water energy nexus— is one of the most difficult problems some nations will face in the near future. As populations grow and move, attempts to alleviate water scarcity and move away from carbon dioxide-intensive energy are having surprising consequences:

California wants to extract a treasure trove of clean geothermal energy from the bedrock under the Imperial Valley. But doing so would demand so much water that California’s winter agricultural heartland would become a dusty wasteland, according to an article in the report.

In Australia, a seemingly green scheme to catch rainwater on rooftops requires as much as 10 times the energy needed to pump and treat water from a centrally located city facility, an IEEE Spectrum reporter found.

Supplying farmers in India’s breadbasket state of Punjab with free electricity to irrigate their fields might seem like a good thing, but it’s leading to a

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