This Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities report builds on the U.S. Department of Energy's previous work in this area and provides a foundation for future DOE action in response to the challenges before us. This report presents extensive data and analysis to frame the opportunities.
Energy and water are interdependent, the availability and predictability of water resources can directly affect energy systems.
There is a need to analyze the water-energy nexus implications of climate change, changes in energy technology, population pressures, and changes in the policy landscape.
One of the next steps is to identify more specifically portfolio gaps, performance targets, investment opportunities, and strategic collaborations.
This report is also intended to encourage others to engage in a dialogue and work together to address the challenges. Systematically and proactively addressing the water-energy nexus will help us all ensure a reliable and sustainable energy system.