Climate-Induced Resource Impacts Analysis

Water and energy use are commingled, from reservoirs generating electricity to residents using that electricity to warm water for tea. Energy drives every link of the water system, from ground storage, to conveyance and distribution, to wastewater treatment. Climate-induced changes in water supply may accelerate the demand for energy. Alternatively, climate-induced energy scarcity may counteract this trend, increasing the energy intensity of the water sector and effectively decreasing the supply of water.

To evaluate climate change impacts and management options, the EES group has worked to build a linked water and electricity model and applied it, as an example, to the Sacramento and American River region. The model can be used to evaluate the impact of climate scenarios on hydropower generation, water, and energy demands in the greater Sacramento region.