Water shortages will put UK energy security 'in danger' say researchers

'UK policymakers are being called on to give greater consideration to the electricity sector's 'water footprint', as water shortages are likely to impact energy generation in the future.

Researchers at Newcastle University have said that greater consideration of water usage in the sector will help minimise the risk of power stations having to reduce production or, in extreme scenarios, shut down altogether if water shortages mean they cannot remain operational.

The warnings coincide with a paper by Newcastle University, to be published in Global Environmental Change, which evaluates the demands for cooling water from the UK electricity sector.'

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