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More power generation needed to keep the lights on amidst climate change

A new analysis from university-based and national laboratory researchers applied a new modeling approach for long-term electricity generation infrastructure planning that considers future climate and water resource conditions.

Compared to traditional projections, which do not consider climate-water impacts on electricity generation, results of this new approach show the national power grid may need an additional 5.3 per cent to 12 per cent of power-generating capacity to meet demand and reliability requirements.

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The changes would lower water use and carbon emissions, potentially helping mitigate future climate changes.

The new study, which will be featured as the cover article in the December 3 online and December 13 print issue of Environmental Science & Technology, is available online today.

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