Full Title: Energy-Water Nexus
Author(s): Dan Mueller
Publisher(s): Waste Management Association
Publication Date: March 1, 2010
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Water is a key factor in the development and utilization of energy resources. An obvious association is hydro-electric power; however, water is also used for the extraction of specific energy resources (just follow the recent issues with hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from shale formations), as well as refining, processing, and transportation. Add to that the water use associated with environmental controls (e.g., cooling and emission scrubbing) and it’s clear that water is an integral component of the production of energy.