Water Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S electricity system in a warming world

This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that the US coal-based electricity system clearly cannot meet future growing demand for electricity, worsening strains on water resources and an urgent need to mitigate against climate change. This report is the second from the Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative and shows that electricity choices will have major consequences over the coming decades, particularly in water stressed regions. The report finds that business as usual in the power sector would not only fail to reduce carbon emissions, but would not tap opportunities to safeguard water.

Water Constraints on Energy Production: altering our current collision course

This study by Synapses Energy Economics Civil Society Institute has identified several information gaps that need to be filled in order to support energy planning, regulations, and policymaking that fully account for water constraints and impacts on energy production. This report finds that the U.S. is spending a water budget without understanding how much water is available or what the use of water in energy production will mean for local communities, agriculture, or other commercial uses.

Thirsty Coal 2: Shenhua’s Water Grab

This report from Greenpeace East Asia reveals that Shenhua’s Coal-to-Liquid Project went to extraordinary lengths to secure water supply for its operations, and has found alarming evidence of widespread ecological and social damage resulting from its eight years of operations. Shenhua’s plundering of water at the cost of the local population and the environment is of such a scale that can only be described as a “water grab” in the most ruthless way.