The Water-Energy Nexus in the Southeastern United States


Jack Gallimore Besse, Michael Eric Brendlinger, Matthew Russell Cook, Elizabeth Barbara Kelley


United States Department of Energy


Creighton R. Peet, Marsha W. Rolle


October – December 2012

Project Outcomes

Final Report


Increasing energy demand and unreliable water supplies due to drought threaten thermoelectric power generation, which required large amounts of water for cooling, in the Southeastern U.S. Our IQP addressed this issue by gathering data on power plants in the region, as well as interviewing plant experts, meeting with DOE water-energy experts, and reviewing water-energy reports to gain a broad perspective of the issues and potential solutions to the problem in order to provide recommendations to mitigate the problem.