Archive for June, 2016

Energy: One Of The Largest Water Consumers In A Drought-Threatened World

Via The Conversation, an interesting article on the global watergy nexus: With a quarter of the world’s human population already living in regions that suffer from severe water scarcity for at least six months of the year, it is perhaps not surprising that the World Economic Forum recently rated water crises as the largest global risk in terms of […]

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Can Myanmar Balance the Risks and Rewards of Hydropower?

Via, a look at Myanmar’s watergy challenges & opportunities ahead: As a personal investor, you tend to hear a lot about balancing risk and reward through a few fundamental strategies, such as developing — and sticking to — a long-range plan that features a diversified portfolio. But this is not an essay on personal […]

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Floating Solar: A Solution To Multiple Watergy Challenges?

Courtesy of China Water Risk, an interesting look at how floating solar is well-suited to China’s hunger for power and its limited water & land: Water has a unique propensity to never stay in one place for very long. Evaporation is one of its favourite ways to escape. Although the evaporated water ultimately falls again […]

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Texas’ Evolving Energy Reality: Clean Energy Uses Less Water

Via Breaking Energy, an interesting report on Texas’ watergy nexus: It’s been an interesting time for water in Texas. Beyond the incredibly wet and cool spring we’ve been having, Memorial Day saw the second year in a row of record-breaking floods. And a few weeks ago, the Texas Water Development Board(TWDB) asked for comments on the draft […]

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California: Saving Water Saved A Lot Of Power, Too

Via the San Diego Union-Tribune, a report on the electricity savings realized during California’s recently mandated water cuts: As debate continues in San Diego County and around the state over how aggressively to conserve water amid a historic drought, a new study finds that cuts in urban water use have saved significant amounts of electricity […]

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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.”