Water use and electricity generation

This publication was withdrawn on 5 January 2016

This report provided background information to support the Defra’s Water White Paper which focused on the challenges facing the water sector, including maintaining water supplies, keeping bills affordable and reducing regulation. The report provided evidence to support government decision making on abstraction reform, see 2010 to 2015 government policy: water industry for more information.

This report provides a summary of facts relating to the electricity sector's current use of water and future issues for thermal and hydroelectric generation.



Water is very important to the generation of electricity in England and Wales. This report summarises the current position and future issues for thermal and hydroelectric generation for those with an interest in water and energy.