Great Lakes Energy Water Nexus Initiative

Oct 2011 | Data and Monitoring, Energy, Library, Water Infrastructure, Water Quantity and Use

The Great Lakes Energy-Water Nexus (GLEW) Initiative developed new metrics to measure aquatic resource impacts from water used for power generation and conducted analyses to inform potential changes in environmental impacts from different energy futures. GLEW also examined policies that govern electric energy markets, utilities, and power plant siting, to identify opportunities for better integrating environmental resource impacts into future energy policy and regulatory efforts.

With support from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, this 21-month effort was led by the Great Lakes Commission under guidance of a diverse Project Advisory Team. Principal project partners included: Cornell University, Sandia National Laboratories, the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center.

GLEW Synthesis Report: Integrating Energy and Water Resources Decision Making in the Great Lakes Basin: An Examination of Future Power Generation Scenarios and Water Resource Impacts (October 2011)

News Release: New study evaluates impacts of power plants on Great Lakes water resources (November 1, 2011)

Energy and Environment Journal article summarizing results of GLEW study


Additional project materials

Final Results Webinar – April 12, 2012

Briefing/Webinar – September 7-8, 2011, Racine, WI

Background Reports

Issue Briefs

Static Maps

The following maps display hydrologically sensitive HUC-8 watersheds within the Great Lakes basin.