Texas Power Plants’ Water Usage High When Temperatures Soar

Posted by Jon Weist, on Mon July 09 2012 at 03:17 PM

Texans may get a reprieve from last summer’s blazing temperatures and better rainfall, but when it comes to cooling off we are still facing long-term questions about having enough electricity to run our air conditioners and enough water to do, well, much of anything.

Most of the state’s power plants are cooled by water. When temperatures go up and drought kicks in, those plants are required to run overtime precisely when the resource to cool them is least available, according to testimony at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing right before the July 4th holiday. A presentation on water use with power plants from Trip Doggett, President of the Energy Reliability Council of Texas, can be found by clicking here.

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