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Energy-Water Nexus Research Guide: Home

Find information on the connection between water and energy

About this Guide

Find resources for research on water-energy topics here.  Included are books and other materials from the University Library collection, select licensed online resources available to University of Illinois students staff and faculty, as well as many freely available web resources.  This guide was originally developed to promote World Water Day 2014 and accompanied a display of library materials and research posters in the Prairie Research Institute Library.  

Water & Energy are Linked

The main purpose of the Water & Energy theme for World Water Day 2014 is to highlight the fact that water and energy resources are closely linked.  Water is used in hydroelectric power generation, it is used to extract and process fossil fuels, it is used in electric power generation, and it is used to irrigate biofuel crops.  Energy is used to obtain and purify water for municipal and industrial use, as well as to treat industrial and municipal wastewater.  Both resources are critical, and the environmental and economic impacts of their extraction and use are linked.  Learn more about the many connections between water and energy from the links below and other resources presented in this guide.

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