Archive for May, 2011

Energy Efficiency Absorbs Water

Via The Daily Energy Report, an article on a new white paper published by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Alliance for Water Efficiency that describes the co-dependence of water and energy resources and outlines strategies to use both more efficiently.  As the article notes: “Efforts have been underway for decades to […]

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Bringing More Energy Efficiency To Water Use and Water Efficiency To Energy Use

Efforts have been underway for decades to conserve both energy and water, but never in concert. This is unfortunate because energy uses a lot of water and water uses a lot of energy.  However, via a GreenTechies article, we have learned of a report that takes a look at the issue from a holistic perspective.  […]

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Energy Use in Water Utilities: No Longer ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’

Via The Alliance To Save Energy, an interesting report on the growing recognition of the issue of energy use in water utilities, one aspect of the watergy nexus.  As the article notes: “…An estimated 3% of the United States’ total energy use is consumed by extracting, treating and conveying water.  In some municipalities, drinking water […]

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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.”