New Report: Power Plants’ Water Use Threatens SE

Guest Blog | July 11, 2013 | Press Releases

Several scientists investigating the competing demands of water and energy will convene with local water experts for a teleconference next Tuesday, July 16 at 11 a.m. EST to release the findings of a new report. The new report from the Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative (EW3), Water-Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a Warming World, details the growing threat that the Southeast’s aging power infrastructure presents to our dwindling water supplies and the necessity to diversify the region’s energy sources.

The researchers – assembled by the Union of Concerned Scientists – will detail how climate change and growing energy demand is adversely impacting national and Southeast regional water quantity and quality. The report features the worst impacts of the power industry’s water use around the country – especially in the Southeast — and shows how a diversified energy portfolio, that includes renewables and energy efficiency, can help avoid these water impacts.

A Q&A session will follow the teleconference. The teleconference is open to the media.

•    John Rogers, Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
•    George Hornberger, Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment
•    Cindy Lowry, Executive Director, Alabama Rivers Alliance
•    Chris Manganiello, Policy Director, Georgia River Network
•    Moderator: Ulla Reeves, High Risk Energy Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. EST / 10 a.m. CST

To attend the teleconference, please call 1-866-253-6509 and request the teleconference entitled “EW3 Report Release.”


The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. For more information, go to

Founded in 1985, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible energy choices that create global warming solutions and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. Learn more at