Water and Energy Efficiency

As the population of Texas continues to grow at increasing rates, our state will potentially encounter a major challenge of supplying both energy and water to its citizens. With the interdependent connection between energy and water usage, it will become even more important to develop programs and efforts to address both energy and water conservation as a whole.

Energy and water are finite resources that are closely linked — and increasingly strained by rising demand. On one side of the spectrum generating and delivering electricity requires immense amounts of water; on the other side of the spectrum treating and delivering water requires immense amounts of energy.

To address the issues facing water resources the Council would like to explore the opportunities of building a framework for more integrated energy-water planning.

Increasing efficiency in both sectors can be one of the most effective methods to conserving our state’s water supplies. If Texas maintains or increases its current water use patterns, or continues to experience frequent and prolonged drought, demand for water could exceed available water supplies. Increased demand on energy resources would be similar.

Next Workgroup Meeting

To be determined. Upon request, the Texas Water Development Board will facilitate in providing onsite conference space for external participants interested in listening in on workgroup sessions.

Past Workgroup Meetings

DateAgendaMinutesRelated Documents
June 8, 2009 Agenda Minutes
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Workgroup Posted Comments

Date PostedPosted ByPostReferenced Attachments
April 20, 2009 Bill Hoffman Energy-Water Nexus Report
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April 20, 2009 Bill Hoffman Water Demand Projections for Power Generation in Texas
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