Droughts Creating Brutal Challenges For Canadian Hydroelectric Utilities

Via the Globe and Mail, an article on drought’s impact on hydropower generation in Canada: Manitoba Hydro’s recent annual financial report demonstrates what happens when severe drought reduces water volumes passing through a power utility’s dams. Manitoba suffered the worst drought in decades during the utility’s 2021-22 fiscal year. Since hydroelectric dams generate nearly all […]

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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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Rooftop Solar: Supports Water Conservation Too

Via Solar Daily, an article on how rooftop solar cells can be a boon for water conservation too: Electricity-generating rooftop solar cells not only save on planet-warming carbon emissions, they also save a significant amount of water, say a pair of Duke University researchers who have done the math. A given household may save an […]

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Global Drought Saps Hydropower

Via the Wall Street Journal, a look at the impact of the global drought on hydropower: Record drought across the globe this year dried up rivers and reservoirs and sapped the world’s largest source of renewable electricity: hydropower.  The dip in electricity generated by the flow of water across dams in China, Europe and the U.S. […]

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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.”