7 Dec 2010

Vegas water-energy consumption

In this post, I quoted this article that said "The amount of electricity used to move and treat water in Southern Nevada annually is enough to power the entire valley several times over." I was going to use this in my book, but fact checking revealed that only 6.5 percent of total electricity consumption in Las Vegas goes to processing and pumping water, or about 1.02 TWh [pdf] over 14.3 TWh.

Bottom Line: Vegas uses a lot of energy, but most of it is NOT for water.