Archive for January, 2013

Water Demand For Energy To Double By 2035

Via National Geographic, a report on the world’s growing energy thirst: The global increase of coal power, along with the coal industry’s adoption of new technologies, will drive the largest share of water consumption for energy use through 2035, according to the IEA. Pictured: Germany’s Jaenschwalde coal plant. The amount of fresh water consumed for […]

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Western Oil Shale Could Mean Energy Independence, But Where’s The Water To Extract It?

Via Adventure Journal, a look at the watergy implications of western oil shale production: Extracting the West oil riches requires lots and lots of water – and the area isn’t exactly getting wetter. Locked up inside the six million years of sediment that makes up the Green River Formation, which extends across mostly public lands […]

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India’s Watergy Nexus

Via ModeShift, an interesting article on India’s watergy challenge: A 1,350-megawatt coal-fired power plant under construction near Tilda, near Raipur in Chhattisgarh, is one of more than 100 big generating stations recently built or nearing completion across India. Only China has a bigger coal-fired power plant construction program.  It’s been a couple of weeks since […]

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Demystifying The Water-Energy Nexus

Via Masdar, an interesting post on the watergy nexus and the crux of the matter which is that we know that there is some kind of relationship between energy and water, but we don’t have succinct numbers: Although water and energy are intricately connected, this important relationship is poorly understood. While it is generally well […]

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The Watergy Nexus

Via Triple Pundit, a look at the watergy nexus: Establishing a sustainable balance between energy and water is fundamental to the survival of humanity.  This energy-water crisis relates to nearly all of the present and future environmental problems confronting our planet – from climate change to fossil fuel dependence, from over-population to agricultural practices.  The […]

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Amid Roaring Demand, A U.S. City Plans to Triple Water Rates for Oil and Gas Customers

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an interesting report on one city’s realization that the recent oil and gas boom in the United States has been good business for the Carlsbad, New Mexico water department. Perhaps too good: On January 8, more than a year after the mayor asked industrial users to conserve water, the Carlsbad, […]

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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.”