Water-Energy Nexus // A clean energy future means water security in Texas
By Environmental Defense Fund. As Texas’ population increases and climate change persists, meeting the state’s water needs is becoming more and more difficult. Also known as the energy-water nexus, energy choices have a vital role to play in protecting water supplies: It requires1 a lot of water to produce and move electricity from traditional energy sources like coal and natural gas. Yet wind and solar PV, as well as saving energy through efficiency measures, are virtually water-free. Fortunately, as a result of unprecedented energy innovation and a robust, competitive market, Texas is rapidly transitioning to a low-water, clean energy economy.