Is Hydropower Aging Out of the Clean Energy Race?

Via Anthropocene Magazine, a look at hydropower: the original carbon-free power source is the only renewable whose share is shrinking: It all started so well. Within three years of the first hydropower project at an English inventor’s home in 1878, there was an electricity plant at Niagara Falls, and soon many more around the world. For most […]

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Water Scarcity and Clean Energy Collide in South Texas

Via Inside Climate News, a report on a high-tech chemical company that has purchased the last available water in the Nueces River to make hydrogen and ammonia for export: A New Jersey-based chemical company, Avina Clean Hydrogen Inc., has purchased the last available water supply from the Nueces River of South Texas, raising concerns of regional […]

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Heat and Drought Sucking U.S. Hydropower Dry

Via The Verge, a report that hydropower in the wester US last year was the lowest it’s been in decades, and 2024 isn’t looking much better: The amount of hydropower generated in the Western US last year was the lowest it’s been in more than two decades. Hydropower generation in the region fell by 11 […]

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New Lake Will Fuel Petrochemical Expansion on Texas Coast

Via Inside Climate News, a report on industrial plants search for water in the southern U.S.: Texas regulators last month approved water rights for a new, 2,500-acre reservoir to meet the growing needs of chemical plants, refineries and other industries on the Gulf Coast.  A draft permit issued Feb. 23 by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality […]

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In $100M Colorado River Deal, Water and Power Collide

Via Aspen Public Radio, a look at how – in a proposed $100 million Colorado River deal – water and power collide: Colorado’s Glenwood Canyon is as busy as it is majestic. At the base of its snowy, near-vertical walls, the narrow chasm hums with life. On one side, the Colorado River tumbles through whitewater rapids. […]

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As Use of A.I. Soars, So Does the Energy and Water It Requires

Via Yale e360, a look at how fenerative artificial intelligence uses massive amounts of energy for computation and data storage and billions of gallons of water to cool the equipment at data centers. Now, legislators and regulators — in the U.S. and the EU — are starting to demand accountability: Two months after its release […]

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About This Blog And Its Author
As the scarcity of water and energy continues to grow, the linkage between these two critical resources will become more defined and even more acute in the months ahead.  This blog is committed to analyzing and referencing articles, reports, and interviews that can help unlock the nascent, complex and expanding linkages between water and energy -- The Watergy Nexus -- and will endeavor to provide a central clearinghouse for insightful articles and comments for all to consider.

Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has held a lifelong interest in environmental and conservation issues, primarily as they relate to freshwater scarcity, renewable energy, and national park policy.  Working from a water-scarce base in Las Vegas with his wife and son, he is the founder of Water Politics, an organization dedicated to the identification and analysis of geopolitical water issues arising from the world’s growing and vast water deficits, and is also a co-founder of SmartMarkets, an eco-preneurial venture that applies web 2.0 technology and online social networking innovations to motivate energy & water conservation.  He previously worked for an independent power producer in Central Asia; co-authored an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, titled: “The Water Ethic: The Inexorable Birth Of A Certain Alienable Right”; and authored an article appearing in the inaugural issue of Johns Hopkins University's Global Water Magazine in July 2010 titled: “H2Own: The Water Ethic and an Equitable Market for the Exchange of Individual Water Efficiency Credits.”