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BLOG: Cyber rogues aren’t the only threat to energy supply, changing environment offers plenty of challenges

Michael Cooney | July 12, 2013
US Department of Energy measures impact of climate change on energy supply.

The report went onto detail some of the new technologies that could be - and in some cases are already being deployed to combat climate issues. Some of the ideas include:

  • Water efficient technologies for fuels production, including conventional oil and natural gas, shale gas, shale oil,and coalbed methane.
  • Improved energy efficiency and reduced water intensity of thermoelectric power generation, including innovative cooling technologies like non-traditional water supplies such as using municipal wastewater or brackish groundwater)
  • Increased use of drought tolerant crop varieties for bioenergy production and more water efficient conversion of biomass into biofuels
  • Increased resilience of energy infrastructure to wildfires, storms , floods, and sea level rise, including hardening of existing facilities and structures.
  • These activities will increase the resilience of our energy infrastructure by "hardening" existing facilities and structures to better withstand severe droughts, floods, storms or wildfires and by contributing to smarter development of new facilities.

 

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