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Heavy Water Requirements, Limited Supplies, And More Environmental Rules Could Swamp U.S. Power Sector Credit Quality Feb 12 Product Image

Heavy Water Requirements, Limited Supplies, And More Environmental Rules Could Swamp U.S. Power Sector Credit Quality Feb 12

  • ID: 2083689
  • February 2012
  • Region: United States
  • Standard & Poors

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Abstract
The threat of global climate change has focused considerable attention on the types of fuel used for power generation, but little notice has been given to the large amounts of water that power plants use to generate electricity, despite the more immediate nature of dwindling water supplies. Thermoelectric power plants accounted for approximately 45% of the total water withdrawn from U.S. surface water sources in 2009 (see note 1). Every day in 2008, water-cooled power plants in the U.S. withdrew, on average, 60 billion to 170 billion gallons of water from lakes, rivers, and streams and consumed 2.8 billion to 5.9 billion gallons of that water (see note 2). Of the total amount of water on the planet, only 3%...

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