Archive for March, 2015

Powerful Water, Thirsty Energy

Via, some commentary on the watergy nexus from Noël M. Bakhtian, the Energy-Water Nexus Lead in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy: It’s World Water Day. Designated in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly, March 22 now represents a day to celebrate water. A day to make a difference for the […]

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Win-Win: Reducing Water Use And Greenhouse Gas Emissions In China’s Power Sector

Courtesy of World Resources Institute, an interesting look at the watergy footprint of China’s power sector: China’s power sector is the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and its biggest industrial water user. To meet increasing energy demand, the country may double its installed generation capacity by 2030. As a result, decisions about electricity generation will have profound […]

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Will Water Scarcity Restrict India’s Solar Dream?

Via Third, a report on how Narendra Modi’s ambitious solar energy expansion may be scuppered by lack of water, particularly in arid regions where the biggest solar farms are planned: The arid region of Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas aims to produce 100,000 MW of solar power by 2050 Enthusiasm for solar energy has grown […]

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Canada To Start Linking Water, Energy Issues

Via National News Watch, a report on a new Canadian watergy initiative: Climate change is binding together energy and water issues and Canada must learn to think about them that way, says the newly appointed Canadian head of an international water institute. “It changes the whole definition of water security,” Bob Sandford, who now leads […]

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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.”