Water-guzzling Power Plants Targeted By Legislation

Producing a kilowatt-hour of electricity - the amount needed to burn a 100-watt light bulb for 10 hours - takes about three-fifths of a gallon of water.

Published: 03-Feb-2004

As lawns across the state have withered in the drought, some big water guzzlers - power plants - have used all they wanted.

Now, backers of alternative energy sources say it's time to factor the plants' use of water into the legislative debate.

A handful of bills before the legislature would shift from traditional water-intensive power production to the use of bone-dry wind power and other renewable sources.

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