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calculating water withdrawal and consumption for current and planned electric power
generation; projected water demand from competing use sectors; and, surface and groundwater
The lead laboratory for this effort is Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) supported by other
national laboratories, a university, and an industrial research institute. Specific participants
include Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne), Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the
University of Texas (UT), and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
WECC's long range planning is organized according to two target planning horizons, a 10-year
and a 20-year. This study supports WECC in the 10-year planning endeavor. In this case the
water implications associated with four of WECC's alternative future study cases (described
below) are calculated and reported. In future phases of planning we will work with WECC to
craft study cases that aim to reduce the thermoelectric footprint of the interconnection and/or
limit production in the most water stressed regions of the West.
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Tidwell, Vincent Carroll; Passell, Howard David; Castillo, Cesar & Moreland, Barbara. Energy-water analysis of the 10-year WECC transmission planning study cases., report, November 1, 2011; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc831495/m1/4/: accessed July 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.