Archive for August, 2011

The Water-Energy Nexus in Coloradan Communities — Managing Energy Use in the Water Sector

There is a new report out from Western Resource Advocates looking at watergy linkages in Colorado.  As the paper notes: “…Many local governments are developing plans to reduce their energy and water usage. Most often, these efforts are managed separately. However, energy is embedded in all stages of water use, which creates an opportunity for […]

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Power Thirsty

Via The Daily Climate, an interesting report on the interconnectedness of power and water are more interconnected and the resulting serious consequences for a changing world, especially the American West.  As the article notes: Truck trailers holding “fracking” fluid sit parked next to a Western natural gas well in 2008. The energy sector is the […]

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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.”