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May 21, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor
Demand for fresh water "could exceed supply by an estimated 40 percent by 2030, pushing up prices for the water-intensive energy industry," the Christian Science Monitor reported. Rising water prices would be likely to help wind, solar and natural gas, especially conventional natural gas, but hurt coal and nuclear plants, the newspaper said. For fracked natural gas, about a gallon of water is required to extract one mmBtu, the Monitor said. The average kilowatt-hour produced from coal-fired electric generation uses a gallon of water and nuclear power uses significantly more, the newspaper said.

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