Environmental Research -
Aquatic Resources and Energy

Water is involved in almost every aspect of producing, generating or processing energy within California, including for hydroelectric generation, for steam and cooling in thermal power plants, and for production and refining of fuels. Alternative fuel options can also impact water demand, such biofuels having substantial water requirements for production, as well as for growing and processing biofuel feedstocks.

montage of aquatic energy resources

California is facing severe water constraints in the coming decades. An understanding of the water requirements and its impacts for new energy sources is the first step toward formulating sound policies and management strategies addressing these constraints. Critical research about the interactions between energy and water use and water impacts remains to be performed.

The Aquatic Resources focus area in PIER-EA addresses the interaction of water and energy in California with an emphasis on:

  • Reducing the water demand of energy production and generation.
  • Reducing the effects of electricity generation on aquatic species and habitats. and
  • Improving water and energy management.

See Final Reports and Publications

See Fact Sheets for ongoing and recent projects

Research Highlights