Archive for October, 2022

The Cost to Capture Carbon? More Water and Electricity.

Via The Guardian, a look at how a Louisiana power company’s plan to capture climate emissions is raising concerns about the state’s water supplies: A carbon capture proposal for a central Louisiana power plant has been titled “Project Diamond Vault” by its owner, Louisiana utility Cleco. The utility says the project will have “precious value” to […]

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Will Moving To A Hydrogen Economy Affect Water Security?

Via the World Economic Forum, an article on the watergy impact of a hydrogen economy: Hydrogen is now viewed as a viable alternative to fossil fuels. The hydrogen manufacturing process uses and produces water. In an era of water insecurity, it is crucial that the hydrogen industry makes it clear that it doesn’t negatively impact […]

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Energy-Water Nexus Data Dump 1: Fracking

Via The Land Desk, a detailed look at how much water is required to frack an oil well: A few weeks ago a New Mexico source emailed to let me know that a handful of oil and gas wells were being “completed,” or hydraulically fractured, along the shores of Navajo Lake, which straddles the Colorado-New Mexico […]

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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.”