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Original Research 2012

UT Texas Water Study: Can switching fuels save water? A life cycle quantification of freshwater consumption for Texas coal- and natural gas-fired electricity.

By Emily A. Grubert, Fred C. Beach and Michael E. Webber, The University of Texas at Austin (October 8, 2012). Funded by the George and Cynthia Mitchell Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

A new report prepared by a team of University of Texas at Austin researchers shows that the Lone Star State could save as much as 60 percent of the fresh water it consumes for coal-fired power generation if electric utility operators were to switch from pulverized coal to natural gas combined-cycle systems.

In 2007, these savings would have totaled 53 billion gallons – about 10 percent of the state’s 2011 water deficit or enough to provide water to 1 million citizens for a year.

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UT National Water Study: Evaluating the energy consumed for water use in the United States

By Kelly T. Sanders and Michael E. Webber, The University of Texas at Austin (September 20, 2012). Funded by the Energy Foundation and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation.

A new report by a team of University of Texas at Austin researchers shows that the energy needed to capture, move, treat and prepare water in 2010 required 12.6 percent of nation’s total annual energy consumption, which is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of roughly 40 million Americans.

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TCEC Guide to the Issues 2011

Decoupling
Demand Response
Energy Efficiency Access
Energy Efficiency Financing
Energy Efficiency Goals
Hybrid Power Plants
Non-Wind RPS
PACE
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