Energy policy — coal: Electrical generation water consumption

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Here’s a report from last Wednesday’s meeting of the Arkansas Basin roundtable, from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

“One of the trends we’re starting to see in the West and Colorado is a lot of ag-to-industry transfers,” Stacy Tellinghuisen of Western Resource Advocates told the Arkansas Basin Roundtable Wednesday. Tellinghuisen led a team that studied Arkansas Basin water needs for future power supplies in a project funded by the National Renewable Energy Lab. Western Resource Advocates is a 20-year-old group dedicated to preserving the environment in the West.

The group makes recommendations that it claims could reduce consumptive use for municipal water systems by up to 44,000 acre-feet per year and power generation up to 20,000 acre-feet per year by 2030. It specifically mentions the acquisition of one-half of the Amity Canal in Prowers County by the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and the power needs of the Southern Delivery System in the report. Western Resource Advocates represented Environment Colorado, which settled its lawsuit on Tri-State’s Water Court case involving the Amity shares in March, with Tri-State agreeing to a $1 million study of energy efficiency among its 44 cooperatives in four states…

[The Southern Delivery System], a $1 billion project by Colorado Springs, Security, Fountain and Pueblo West designed to provide water to meet future population growth, would require large amounts of power to move water uphill. “If these new energy demands are met with water-intensive forms of energy generation, like coal power, they will further increase water use in the basin,” Tellinghuisen said.

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