Could Floating Solar Farms Survive At Sea?

Via BBC, a look at the potential of sea-based solar farms: Indonesia is a nation of more than 10,000 islands, so supplying the whole country with electricity is a huge challenge. More than a million people are not connected to the electricity grid at all. “Those people who don’t have electricity are living on remote […]

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Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Kazakh Energy Ministers Sign Kambar-Ata-1 Hydroelectric Roadmap

Via The Diplomat, a report that Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Kazakh Energy Ministers signed an agreement to build a new hydropower plant in Kyrgyzstan: On January 6, the energy ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan signed an agreement on the construction of the Kambar-Ata-1 hydropower plant on the Naryn river in Kyrgyzstan. Meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Energy Minister Taalaibek […]

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Portugal’s Pumped Storage Future

Courtesy of The New York Times, an article on how – when the Portuguese electric power grid needs more electricity – a large multinational power company releases millions of gallons of water from a dammed reservoir: When Portugal’s electrical system needs a boost, a signal activates a power plant buried deep in a hillside in the […]

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India’s Sugarcane-Based Ethanol Plan Has A Big Problem: Water

Via Quartz, a report on the water implications of India’s sugarcane-based ethanol plan to reduce its dependence on imported crude oil: While India is making a push for ethanol-blended petrol, by incentivizing sugarcane-derived ethanol, concerns remain about the water-guzzling nature of the sugarcane and fair remuneration for farmers. On Nov. 2, the center, as part […]

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Massive “Water Battery” Is Now in Operation in the Swiss Alps

Via MyModernMet, an article ona n enormous Swiss water battery project — known as Nant de Drance — that is at last operational: Solar and wind energy are the future. But both of these renewable, sustainable energy sources are dependent on varying environmental conditions. Where does one store the extra energy produced by solar panels on a […]

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Tanzania Starts Rationing Power Because of Drought

Via Terra Daily, a report on Tanzania’s decision to start rationing power because of drought: Tanzanian authorities have started rationing electricity because of a drop in hydropower generation due to drought, the national provider said Wednesday, with some areas set to suffer nine-hour outages. The East African nation has the capacity to generate nearly 1,695 megawatts […]

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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.”