Value intensity of water used for electrical energy generation in the Western U.S.; an application of embedded resource accounting

Elizabeth A. Martin, Benjamin L. Ruddell

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Abstract

This study evaluates the water intensity of thermoelectric power plants in the eleven Western states included within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council region. Water intensities are combined with retail electricity sales using an embedded resource accounting framework to estimate a value intensity of water embedded in electrical energy production and trade in the Western U.S. States with lower water intensities and higher retail electricity prices tend to be net importers of electricity and have the highest value intensities. A 35% increase in the value intensity of water embedded in electricity traded in export was shown to have occurred relative to electricity produced for in-state use. This increase in the value intensity of embedded water suggests that embedded water in the electricity trade has already emerged as a substitute for direct trade in water resources, and that this trade is organized in a manner that appears to benefit both importing and exporting parties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: May 16 2012May 18 2012

Other

Other2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period5/16/125/18/12

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Electricity
Water
Thermoelectric power plants
Water resources
Sales

Keywords

  • electrical grid
  • embedded resource accounting
  • embedded water
  • water in energy
  • water-energy nexus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Martin, E. A., & Ruddell, B. L. (2012). Value intensity of water used for electrical energy generation in the Western U.S.; an application of embedded resource accounting. In IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology [6227990] https://doi.org/10.1109/ISSST.2012.6227990

Value intensity of water used for electrical energy generation in the Western U.S.; an application of embedded resource accounting. / Martin, Elizabeth A.; Ruddell, Benjamin L.

IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology. 2012. 6227990.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Martin, EA & Ruddell, BL 2012, Value intensity of water used for electrical energy generation in the Western U.S.; an application of embedded resource accounting. in IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology., 6227990, 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012, Boston, MA, United States, 5/16/12. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISSST.2012.6227990
Martin, Elizabeth A. ; Ruddell, Benjamin L. / Value intensity of water used for electrical energy generation in the Western U.S.; an application of embedded resource accounting. IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology. 2012.
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