Water Energy Nexus

March 22, 2015--Will California's drought affect hydroelectric power? (Christian Science Monitor)

For California, now in its fourth year of drought, the record low snowfall, in addition to the lack of rain, is beginning to hamper the state’s supply of hydroelectric energy. This winter California received only 12 percent of its average snowpack, meaning that there will be dramatically less runoff into the rivers and dams across the Sierra Nevada this spring. “We&#3


March 19, 2015--Water tensions in US intensify (Environmental Leader)

Although some forms of water unrest are already occurring in many parts of the world, especially in underdeveloped areas, some of the worst water unrest is likely to occur right here in the US - and sooner than most people think. First, what do we mean by water unrest?


February 18, 2015--California water becomes scarce and energy hungry (Climate Central)

In drought-stricken California, ensuring water flows from faucets is nearly as much about energy as it is about the water’s source. Water needs more than gravity to flow from its sources, often hundreds of miles away.


Global: New Water and Energy Nexus Report

Two new reports that focus on the global water and energy nexus were published in July. According to the reports, three years of research show that by the year 2040 there will not be enough water to quench the thirst of the world population and keep the current energy and power solutions going if we continue doing what we are doing today. It is a clash of competing necessities, between drinking water and energy demand.


September 7, 2014--The similarity between circular economy and water stewardship (The Guardian)

When I was asked to moderate a panel on the water and energy nexus in a circular economy at this week’s World Water Week, I was skeptical. As a veteran of the conference, I have heard a fair number of buzzwords over the years. Many die before making the transition from theory to practice.


August 15, 2014--Water energy nexus data drives operational efficiency (Water Online)

When a water manager wants to optimize energy use as part of their operational plan, it helps to have the right software systems in place. Once you do, the big question is how to utilize it to get the most out of the relationship between power and water.


August 11, 2014--Bone on bone in the Colorado River: Energy in times of drought (Denver Post)

Colorado water leaders used a curious approach last week in announcing a new water conservation program involving the Colorado River. They talked about electricity and the effect of spiking prices on corn farmers in eastern Colorado, ski area operators on the Western Slope, and cities along the Front Range. The scenario?


July 29, 2014--Worldwide water shortage by 2040 (Science Daily)

Two new reports that focus on the global electricity water nexus have just been published. Three years of research show that by the year 2040 there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world population and keep the current energy and power solutions going if we continue doing what we are doing today.


May 26, 2014--The Fabled Hoover Dam – one of the most amazing engineering feats in history (Baltimore Examiner)

It was built in the depths of “The Great Depression,” and dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in September, 1935. Hoover Dam, which straddles the Arizona/Nevada border lines, is one of the greatest engineering feats of the last century. It also cost the lives of 132 workers.


May 19, 2014--The two sectors that suck up most of our water (Wall Street Journal)

In the U.S., we tend to react to drought by focusing on obvious symbols of water consumption, like golf courses, swimming pools and lush green lawns. If we’re serious about saving water, though, we need to focus on the places where we use the most of it: our food and energy systems. According to the U.S.


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