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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.