Archive for May, 2017

China’s Watergy Nexus

Via Global Water Forum, a look at China’s water-energy nexus: In the last decade, many studies have shed light on the interconnectedness of the provision of water and energy resources. For example, water is an indispensable input for various stages of energy production, particularly as a cooling medium for the operational stage of power generation.1 […]

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South Asia’s Energy Crisis: Water Scarcity and its Implications for Hydroelectricity

Via Future Directions International, an article on South Asia’s watergy crisis: Key Points Demand for electricity in South Asia will continue to increase. While coal is likely to continue to be the main energy source, diversification efforts could decrease its share. The role of hydroelectric production has been to stabilise the grid, it is not […]

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Water Butts Heads With Fracking, Oil & Gas Industry In Oklahoma … Or Not

Via Clean Technica, a report on the tension between water and fracking in the Midwest: The fracking boom has combined with conventional oil and gas drilling to raise a sea of troubles against the doorstep of Oklahoma. Water scarcity is one of those troubles. In a new report aimed at avoiding chronic water shortages, 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.”