Archive for July, 2020

Coal and Water Conflicts In The American West

Via The Energy & Policy Institute, the executive summary of a new report on the conflict between coal and water in the US: Burning coal to generate electricity consumes large quantities of water, which exposes the electric utilities that operate coal plants to water supply risks. Large coal plants consume millions of gallons of water […]

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Egypt Offers Electricity Partnership With Ethiopia To Break Nile Dam Stalemate

Via Al Monitor, an interesting look at another watergy nexus in Eastern Africa, namely the use of electricity as a way to negotiate water issues related to the Grand Renaissance Dam: Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati said July 1 that Egypt is ready to provide all necessary means to link electricity with Ethiopia, […]

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Pakistan Benefits From China-India clash With Hydropower Deal

Via Nikkei Asian Review, a look at a hydropower politics: A $2.4 billion deal between Pakistan and China for a massive hydropower project in Kashmir shows how three nations are vying to out-flank one another in the Himalayas, a disputed territory existing on a knife’s edge that recently experienced a deadly clash between Chinese and […]

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Let Me Flow: Bosnians Wage War on Mini Hydropower Plants

Via Terra Daily, a report on Bosnian tensions over run-of-river hydropower plants: Looking out over the clear cascades of the Neretvica river in the heart of Bosnia, Safet Sarajlic says he is ready to spill his blood to defend the waterway from a hydropower project threatening its vital ecosystem. In a country criss-crossed by hundreds […]

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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.”