Climate and Water Resource Change Impacts and Adaptation Potential for US Power Supply


Nature International Journey of Science
University of New York
The City College of New York
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratory
Ariel Miara
Jordan E. Macknick
Charles J. Vorosmarty
Vincent C. Tidwell
Robin Newmark
Balazs Fekete
30 October 2017

This paper evaluates the performance of 1,080 thermoelectric plants across the contiguous United States under future climates (2035–2064) and their collective performance at 19 North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) subregions. Joint consideration of engineering interactions with climate, hydrology and environmental regulations reveals the region-specific performance of energy systems and the need for regional energy security and climate-water adaptation strategies.