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Ecuador Is Literally Powerless in the Face of Drought

Via Wired, an article on the impact that drought has had upon Ecuador’s power sector: Drought-stricken hydro dams have led to daily electricity cuts in Ecuador. As weather becomes less predictable due to climate change, experts say other countries need to take notice Ecuador is in trouble: Drought has shrunk its reservoirs, and its hydroelectric […]

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Crude Awakening: Fast Rising Seas Threaten Global Oil Trade & Energy Security

Courtesy of China Water Risk, a look at how almost 2/3rds of global oil produced is shipped by sea but 12 of the Top 15 Tanker Terminals are impacted at just 1m of rising seas. CWR’s new report reveals why oil no longer provides energy security but instead threatens it CWR released a new report: “Crude […]

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First Continental Scale Study Weighs Floating Solar Panels Against New Dam Construction

Via Anthropocene, a look at the potential of floating solar versus new dam construction and concludes that floating solar could negate the need for many—if not all—planned dams in Africa, and add climate change resilience at the same time: Floating solar panels on existing hydropower reservoirs could, in the best-case scenario, make it unnecessary to construct […]

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Floating Solar Pioneer Inks Deal To Green India’s Reservoirs

Via Recharge News, a report on India which has an estimated 300GW of floating solar potential but has realized less than 350MW of this to date, says World Bank: A Norwegian floating solar pioneer will help transform Indian reservoirs into green power generators after signing a deal with the state’s national hydropower company. Ocean Sun has […]

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Texas Companies Eye Pecos River Watershed for Oilfield Wastewater

Via Inside Climate News, a report on Texas companies interest in the Pecos River watershed as a destination to discharge treated produced water: These days the Pecos River barely fills its dry, sandy bed where it crosses West Texas, but the river could be poised to flow again — with treated oilfield wastewater.  Companies are racing […]

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Is Hydropower Aging Out of the Clean Energy Race?

Via Anthropocene Magazine, a look at hydropower: the original carbon-free power source is the only renewable whose share is shrinking: It all started so well. Within three years of the first hydropower project at an English inventor’s home in 1878, there was an electricity plant at Niagara Falls, and soon many more around the world. For most […]

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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.”