Replacing coal with gas or renewables saves billions of gallons of water

Replacing coal with gas or renewables saves billions of gallons of water

The transition from coal to natural gas in the US electricity sector is reducing the industry’s water use, research finds. For every megawatt of electricity produced using natural gas instead of coal, the water withdrawn from rivers and groundwater drops by 10,500 gallons, and water consumed for cooling and other plant operations and not returned to the environment drops by 260 gallons. Switching to solar or wind power could boost these savings even more.

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