Parched Power: Water Challenges and Solutions for India’s Power Sector (Stockholm, Sweden: World Water Week)

30 August 2018

About the Event

As part of the World Water Week, the World Resources Institute and the International Renewable Energy Agency will be hosting an information session to discuss the challenges and implications associated with water use in India’s power sector.

This event, which will happen 30 August (14:00 – 15:30 CET), will feature think tanks as well as renewable energy development agencies. It will describe India’s power sector water risks assessment and will target governments and investors.In addition, the session will highlight how advances in cooling technology and shifting the power mix towards more solar PV and wind could reduce water use in the power sector while still meeting India's anticipated growth in energy demand.


India’s demand for water will continue to grow, even though it is already a water-stressed nation. Freshwater resources are already scarce in most parts of India. As India’s economy is projected to double by 2030, the country’s water demand is also expected to grow significantly across sectors.

The power sector in India is very dependent on water and has been suffering from droughts and water shortages. More than 80 per cent of India’s electricity is generated from thermal (fossil fuel, biomass, nuclear, and concentrated solar) power plants that rely significantly on water for cooling. Another 10 per cent of electricity is generated by hydroelectric plants, which depend on water completely. Thermal power plants have been forced to shut down due to inaccessibility of cooling water, losing tens of terawatt-hours of electricity generation in recent years.

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