Archive for April, 2011

U.S. Congress Orders Water-Energy Research

The U.S. Government Accountability Office, a Congressional research agency, recently released a report on energy use in the urban water sector. Not prone to idle talk, the GAO strikes at the heart of the matter in the report’s sub-title: the “Amount of Energy Needed to Supply, Use, and Treat Water Is Location-Specific and Can Be […]

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Wind Power: A Cooling Breeze On The Watergy Nexus?

Via CleanTechies, an interesting report on how wind power affects the watergy nexus: “Besides being good for the environment for reducing emissions and being a renewable source of power, wind energy also uses less water than other types of power generation, stated the American Wind Energy Association recently. This is an important aspect of energy […]

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As China’s Thirst For Coal Grows: A Bohai Sea Pipeline Could Open Northern Coal Fields

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a detailed look at disputed “watergy” project seen as a must for China’s modernization, namely a first-of-its-kind transcontinental pipeline believed to be a potential breakthrough in developing more fossil energy from Xinjiang and China’s other northern coal-rich provinces, while conserving the region’s scarce freshwater reserves.   Of all the threats […]

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Water and Energy Coming Together in San Antonio

Via The River Network, an interesting report on San Antonio’s efforts to bring water and energy together: “…April 8th was the marking of another big day for the water-energy nexus in TX as the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) and CPS Energy utilities came together for a meeting with San Antonio mayor Julian Castro to […]

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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.”