Hydrologic Impacts of Energy Production
Rasmussen, Todd C.
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Global future energy requirements will likely require substantial investments in power production facilities. Both hydro- and thermo-electric power production require water as part of their operations, some of which is water consumptive (i.e., water is lost by evaporation as part of the cooling or storage process), while other water use is nonconsumptive (i.e., water is returned to the source). Both consumptive and non-consumptive water uses may affect water quantity and quality, such as increased thermal load, decreased hydrologic connectivity, and alteration of natural flow regimes. This presentation discusses the main features of the water-energy nexus with the goal of establishing a framework for evaluating the hydrologic impacts of energy production.