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Balancing Water and Energy Needs

Water and energy needs are inextricably linked.

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Balancing water and energy needs… on this CurrentCast.

Vast amounts of energy are used to treat and transport water. At the same time, water is integral to the production of energy.

Buono: “They are inextricably linked, and without one, we cannot have the other.”

That’s Regina Buono of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. She says planners in water or energy must therefore consider the other sector as a limiting factor when developing new plants and distribution lines – especially given limited resources and new regulations.

Buono therefore believes interdisciplinary communication is key. She says if each sector grasps the other’s scientific and policy complexities, it will lead to better budgeting, increased efficiencies, and better long-term planning.

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