WASHINGTON — The federal government should partner with the private sector and academic institutions to support research into the interdependencies between energy and water use, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said last week, according to a press release.

Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, made her remarks during a speech in Washington, D.C., noted the release.

She said a coordinated public-private approach to energy-water nexus issues would promote economic growth and lead to the discovery of breakthrough technologies in energy and water resiliency, the release reported.

“The federal government can and should facilitate this exchange of information on a national scale,” she said. “All [stakeholders] can team up to advance a better understanding of the energy-water nexus, adopt better practices through technological innovations, and learn from each other about procedures and implementation strategies.”

According to the release, Murkowski also announced the release of a white paper from her office that examines the importance of the energy-water nexus to the U.S. economy.

Read the full release here.