08/02/2017 Q2 2017 Water Market Insider: New Water from Old Power
The U.S. has seen several coal power plant closures in recent years with many more on the way in the next 10 years. Coal power generation is considered to be relatively inexpensive, but it does demand a large amount of water compared to natural gas plants and renewable energy sources such as wind and PV solar. The closure or conversion of many coal plants in the Western U.S. means that a new source of water could be on the market in the next decade, as the energy companies reduce their need for water. These changes in coal plants are estimated to result in about 84,000 acre-feet per year of reduced water demand in the Western U.S. with a market value of roughly $300 million. In the current issue of the Water Market Insider, WestWater discusses the impact on water demands as coal production decreases.