Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Middle East Version of the Water-Energy Nexus

From the current issue of the Economist - Utilities in the Middle East: Sun and Sea:

"The main drawback to making fresh water from the sea is that it takes lots of energy.  Around 25% of Jordon's electricity and 10% of Israel's goes on treating and transporting water.  Using power from the sun could fill a sizable gap, and make Palestinians less dependent on Israeli power.  Renewables supply just 2% of Israel's electricity needs, but the government is committed to increasing that share to 17% by 2030.  Jordon, which has long relief on oil supplies from Arab benefactors, is striving for 10% by 2030."

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