Archive for January, 2018

India’s Thermal Power Generation Faces High Water Risk

Via The Source magazine, an article highlighting India’s energy sector’s dependence on increasingly scarce water resources: A new paper from the World Resources Institute (WRI), Parched Power: Water Demands, Risks and Opportunities for India’s Power Sector, analyses all of India’s 400 plus thermal power plants and finds that India’s power supply is increasingly in jeopardy due to […]

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The Parched Tiger: Renewables And Cooling Tech Critical To Water Use In India’s power sector

Via Solar Daily, an article on India’s watergy challenge: A new policy brief co-authored by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) finds that increasing the share of renewables, in particular solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind, in India’s power mix, and implementing changes in cooling technologies mandated for thermal power […]

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The UAE Has Built The World’s Largest Desalinated Water Reserve—Under A Desert

Via Quartz, a report on the UAE’s new Liwa Strategic Water Reserve: In 1960, the United Arab of Emirates had about 90,000 people. Today, it has 100 times as many. That wouldn’t have happened purely because someone found oil in the desert. The country’s residents need water, and a lot of it. Oil has helped, […]

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Saving on Water Doesn’t Just Save Water, CA Finds

Via the Environmental Leader, a report on the watergy nexus in California: While California failed to reach its goal of a 25% reduction in water use in 2015, the measures taken to reduce usage led to other environmental benefits, according to a new report from the University of California, Davis. The state implemented measures to […]

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New Dams In Africa Could Add Risk to Power Supplies Down The Line

Via The Conversation, an article on hydropower in Africa: In the 1980s and 1990s parts of Africa saw a surge in dam building for energy production. After a brief hiatus there has been renewed interested. Many new construction projects are planned and underway across sub-Saharan Africa. Hydropower represents a significant and rapidly expanding proportion of electricity production […]

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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.”