Energy Water Use
Forecasts of future water needs for electrical energy production are posted above. The process included using the population projections developed by the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) and information on the historical relationship between population growth and energy consumption in Georgia to project future energy needs. Then, to forecast the water needed to meet the future energy needs in Georgia, relationships between the types of power production processes used and water withdrawal and consumption were developed. Using this relationship, the water needs for existing and known planned facilities were forecasted. A power ad hoc group provided input to EPD during the process.
The results of the forecasts provide region-specific forecasts of water needs for power generation including existing and known planned facilities through 2020. After 2020, Councils may wish to address the issue more qualitatively by trying to understand the water resources implications should some percentage of future additional power generating capacity locate within their regions.