Archive for February, 2012

Balancing the Water Energy Nexus

Courtesy of Triple Pundit, an article on the water energy nexus: Energy and water. Water and energy. Both are critical to human development, and both are strongly interrelated. With few exceptions, water is necessary to generate and distribute energy. In turn, water can’t be collected, purified and transported without energy. A term has even been […]

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The Watergy Nexus and Our Infrastructure Gap

Courtesy of Greentech Media, a look at the water-energy nexus and our infrastructure gap: There is a growing gap between the infrastructure we need and the infrastructure we have. For two decades, Wedbush attorney, investment banker, and water industry executive Michael George has watched “the way we think about, use, finance water infrastructure and now […]

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The Power Hungry Thirsty City

Courtesy of The Design Observer, an interesting look at the watergy nexus in three different locations in the United States: The 1st and 2nd Los Angeles Aqueducts in 2001. [Photo by Jet Lowe for the Historic American Engineering Record] California “Under no contingency does the natural face of Upper California appear susceptible of supporting a […]

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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.”