Energy-water nexus

Advocating for an integrated approach to energy-water planning

Power plant on the water

As population increases and droughts persist, meeting our energy and water needs will become harder.

Reliability starts with water

We can’t expect a reliable energy future without considering water. Conventional energy resources we use require large amounts of water to produce electricity, and most of the water we use requires a considerable amount of energy to treat and transport it.

This is an economic, health, and environmental issue that demands serious attention from our leaders.

We need a holistic view of the inextricable link between energy and water—one that integrates behavior, technology, and conservation to set our country on a sustainable path.

Three-in-one benefits

The U.S. has the potential to adopt technologies and policies that will significantly cut down on water use, reduce the need for dirty fossil fuel power plants, and help Americans save—and even earn—money.

By lining up the incentives to enable renewable energy, efficiency, and water savings, we can ensure America’s lights—and faucets—remain on through the next record-setting winter or summer.

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  • Mica Crouse
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Additional resources

The energy-water connection

  • 40% Of all U.S. freshwater withdrawals are used for energy generation by nuclear or fossil fuel power plants.1
  • 90% Of U.S. energy comes from nuclear or fossil fuel power plants.1
  • 5 minutes with the hot water left running uses as much energy as operating a 60-W light bulb for 14 hours.2
  1. The energy-water nexus: Challenges and opportunities. U.S. Department of Energy, June 2014.
  2. Water-energy synergies: Coordinating efficiency programs in California. Pacific Institute, September 2013.