UT Professor to Discuss the Interdependence of Energy and Water

Contact: Faith Singer-Villalobos, 512.232.5771

Date: Aug. 5, 2013

Event: "A Thirst for Power: The Global Nexus of Energy and Water" with Michael Webber, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

When: 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6. Free and open to the public. RSVP: info@austinforum.org

Where: ATandT Conference Center Amphitheater (Room 204), 1900 University Ave.

Website: http://www.austinforum.org

Background: Energy and water are precious global resources that are interconnected. The energy sector uses a lot of water the thermoelectric power sector alone is the largest user of water in the United States, withdrawing 200 billion gallons daily for power plant cooling. Conversely, the water sector is responsible for about 12 percent of national energy consumption for moving, pumping, treating and heating water. This interdependence means that droughts can cause energy shortages, and power outages can bring the water system to a halt.

For this talk, Webber will build from his extensive body of research, his course lectures and his congressional testimony to share his perspective on the global nexus of energy and water to outline trends while identifying technical and policy options that could mitigate the challenges.