Texas drought endangers power projects

AP News

11/2/2011 3:31:41 PM - AP News
BAY CITY, Texas (AP) — Texas faces a harsh reality as it tries to guarantee electricity to its rapidly growing population: there may not be enough water in this dry state to create the energy.Planners are rushing to approve plans for coal-fired power plants, expand nuclear facilities, create more wind power, build transmission lines and extract natural gas from the ground.But vast quantities of water are usually necessary to generate electricity. A year-long drought has made water shortages in the state much worse.Power companies are now encountering strong resistance to new projects that once would have been welcomed. Some of the fiercest opposition is in Bay City, where farmers, shrimpers and landowners are fighting plans to supply water to a new plant. The utility has not yet managed to secure enough water.