Power Plants in Great Lakes States and Water Use


State          
     Power Plants
             Total Statewide Megawatt
Output/10-Hour Day–Estimate
     Gallons of Water Needed/
10-Hour Day–Estimate*
Illinois
230
520,567
13,014,000,000
Indiana
93
299,593
7,489,825,000
Michigan
217
335,535
8,388,375,000
Ohio
126
376,111
9,402,775,000
Minnesota
205
123,853
3,096,325,000
Wisconsin
178
155,243
3,881,075,000
Pennsylvania     
180
509,717
12,742,925,000
New York
351
415,718
10,392,950,000
       
TOTALS/day
1580
2,736,337
68,408,250,000


* ~25 gallons of water for each kilowatt of electricity generated/hr. OR 25,000 gallons for each megawatt/hr.


Sources:

Power plants and megawatt output (PowerPlantJobs.com)

Water usage—DOE/NETL News Release
(DOE Estimates Future Freshwater Needs to Meet Thermoelectric Power Demand)


Note—Estimate for Illinois agrees with Illinois State Water Survey Annual Report 2005–2006 assuming ~10 hours of energy production/day


"Almost 16 billion gallons of water are used in Illinois each day in industries, agriculture, domestic consumption, commerce, and energy production. In fact, about 85 percent of the water is used in energy production, and most of this is recycled."
Derek Winstanley, Chief

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