Wind and water - cutting consumption with renewables

With water on the minds of many in the west - too much for some and too little for others - finding ways to manage that challenge is going to be at the forefront of many discussions in the future.

A blog from the American Wind Energy Association notes that wind turbines can help solve the problem of too little:

"The current U.S. power plant fleet consumes a massive amount of freshwater - more than 40 percent of all freshwater withdrawals as recently as 2005 -- according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Those water withdrawals make electricity generation the largest "consumer" of fresh water outside of the agriculture sector."

Certainly something to think about. Check it out:

http://aweablog.org/blog/post/wind-power-is-a-waterconservation-solution

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said on Thursday, October 17th, 2013

It's only going to get more expensive and energy consumptive to pull water out of the ground, to use to produce energy, to pull more water out of the ground. 

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