Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The New Energy Map and Water

This is the link to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2012 World Energy Outlook.  The report has been in the press the last couple of days regarding the changing energy map and the impact on the United State economy.  North America is at the forefront of a sweeping transformation in oil and gas production.

This is an interesting comment in the report relating to water and energy:

"Water is essential to the production of energy, and the energy sector already accounts for 15% of the world’s total water use. Its needs are set to grow, making water an increasingly important criterion for assessing the viability of energy projects. In some regions, water constraints are already affecting the reliability of existing operations and they will introduce additional costs. Expanding power generation and biofuels output underpin an 85% increase in the amount consumed (the volume of water that is not returned to its source after use) through to 2035."

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