Archive for September, 2023

This Dam Weather

Courtesy of HeatMap, a look at climate change’s impact on American hydro power: Climate change and energy production are in a kind of twisted embrace. There’s the obvious aspect of it: Much of the energy produced today comes from burning hydrocarbons, which leads to further building up of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, causing climate […]

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UAE’s $2.2B Sustainable Water Supply Project

Via The National, an article on a project involving developing and operating facilities to sustainably treat and supply seawater for Adnoc’s onshore operations: Adnoc and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, better known as Taqa, have completed the financial closing of their $2.2 billion sustainable water supply project, which is aimed at supporting Adnoc’s decarbonisation efforts. The project […]

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China, India Lead Asia’s Biggest Hydropower Crunch In Decades

Via Reuters, a report on the dramatic plunge in Asian hydropower production due to extreme weather and drought: Hydropower generation in Asia has plunged at the fastest rate in decades amid sharp declines in China and India, data shows, forcing power regulators battling volatile electricity demand and erratic weather to rely more on fossil fuels. […]

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Deprived of Colorado River Water, An Oil Company’s Plans in Utah May Have Dried Up

Via Grist, an article on how an Estonian oil company’s plan to produce enough oil in 30 years to spew the equivalent of carbon emissions from 63 coal plants has dried up due to a conservation nonprofit’s efforts to protect the water required for its activities: The Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah is one of […]

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Pennsylvania Fracker Wants to Take 1.5M Gallons a Day From a Small, Biodiverse Creek

Via Inside Climate News, a report on a Fracker in Pennsylvania who wants to take 1.5M gallons a day from a small, biodiverse creek: Sometimes, when evaluating a river, size matters. If you need to supply 40 million people in seven states with drinking water, you would hope for a body of water that resembles the […]

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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.”