The Hon. Lisa Murkowski
Mr. Fred Kempe
President and CEO
The Hon. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
Senate bill 1971, introduced by Senator Murkowski and Senator Wyden, recognizes that all forms of energy production require water and that our use of water requires energy. Together, energy and water resources are the foundation of our nation’s economy and are essential to our nation’s future and international security. Vast amounts of water are used every day to produce vital fuels and to cool power plants in the United States. Without this water supply, most of our electricity would stop flowing and our economy and other essential functions would come to a complete stop. At the same time, a great deal of electricity is needed to treat, transport, and convey water across the country not only to support economic growth and well-being but also to sustain basic life. These inseparable links of “water for energy” and “energy for water” comprise the energy-water nexus.
This event, part of the Council's Energy-Water Nexus Initiative, will convene senior thought leaders from industry, government, academia, and other stakeholder groups on May 6, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.