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Watering Down the Energy Debate

June 29, 2015 by David Hess
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Energy Debate

Water is essential for the production of energy. Energy facilities both consume water and have impacts on the aquatic ecosystems they interact with. These interactions are complex however and it is a mistake to over-simplify – one we must avoid if we are to meet our future energy needs sustainably.[read more]

Water, the West, and the Clean Power Plan

June 2, 2015 by Tom Plant

Water and EPA Regulations

While much of the attention related to EPA’s Clean Power Plan is focused, appropriately, on the emissions and economic benefits of the new standards, a report just released by the CNA Corporation identified another benefit that may end up being worth more than all the other impacts combined: water.[read more]

How Much Water Does A Water Leak Waste?

April 25, 2015 by Wego Wise

Water Waste Prevention

Imagine Manhattan under 300 feet of water, not from a flood or rising sea level, but from the 2.1 trillion gallons of water lost from leaky pipes every year. That is nearly 6 billion gallons a day! The majority of leaks are a result of old infrastructure, pressure changes in the water mains, and small household leaks.[read more]

A Critical Issue: Water Resiliency

February 17, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. It took a drought of epic proportions to force the Australian nation to radically reform its water policies and practices. California is now in the fourth year of its own serious drought, with growing negative impacts to economies, communities, and ecosystems.[read more]

Getting the Salt Out

October 23, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Solving Salt Problems

The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface.[read more]

Drought Reveals Water-Energy Connection, Cutting California's Hydropower in Half

October 9, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California Energy-Water Connection

California’s drought hasn’t just left its mark on dried-up fields and suburban lawns. It’s also sapped the state’s supply of hydropower, leaving natural-gas-fired generators -- and a growing share of solar and wind power -- to make up the difference.[read more]

How Badly Is the Wave and Tidal Industry Struggling? Likely Worse Than You Thought

August 19, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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A decade after the surge of attention in marine energy technologies, the industry has not been able to overcome severe technical and financial challenges. As a result, installations have remained at pilot scale, while financing has been largely limited to government programs for testing and demonstrations.[read more]

Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds

July 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Resiliency and State Funding

Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair.[read more]

How Best to Plan Future Energy and Water Infrastructure Projects

July 4, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Future Energy Planning

A new World Economic Forum report on the Water-Energy Nexus explores the link between water quantity and electricity production and specifically looks into strategic considerations for energy policy-makers on how best to plan energy and water infrastructures for the future.[read more]

Recommended Beach Reading on the Water and Energy Nexus

July 1, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

It’s almost the fourth of July, and that means a holiday with time to read. Two interesting reports were released in June, and while not the typical frothy-light paperback novel genre, they are good reading for the beach. Spoiler alert: both reports conclude that your beach won’t be there in a couple of decades.[read more]

Making the Most of California's Rain: Report Shows How Capturing Stormwater Can Make Water Supplies Reliable

June 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Rain Supplies

In May, measurements of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which normally provides about one-third of the water used by the state’s farms and cities (as well as by natural ecosystems) as it slowly melts through the spring and summer, were at only 18 percent of average for that time of year.[read more]

The Netherlands Set to Showcase Energy and Water Expertise at New York Energy Week

June 4, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Netherlands Water and Energy Expertise

The Netherlands is a world leader with regard to engineering water-management solutions on an industrial scale. The country was created in the delta of three large rivers that flow into the North Sea and roughly two thirds of the nation’s GDP are earned below sea level.[read more]

National Climate Assessment Predicts a Challenging Future for Water Resources

May 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Assessment and Water Risks

It’s time to take serious action to prepare for the impacts of climate change, so warns the newest National Climate Assessment report. Some of the biggest impacts will be felt along our rivers, lakes and ocean coastlines as weather shifts towards extremes, and as sea levels continue to rise.[read more]

Opinion: Regulations Must Keep Pace with Water-Related Fracking Risks

March 27, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Fracking and Water Risk

To mark this year’s World Water Day, UNESCO and UN Water released the 2014 World Water Development report highlighting the key role that water and energy play in economic development. According to the report, some 768 million people do not have access to an improved source of water.[read more]

Water-Energy Nexus Critical to Future Water Policy

March 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Water-Energy Nexus

On March 22 in Tokyo, UN-Water will release its World Water Development Report in conjunction with its annual World Water Day 2014 celebrations. This annual event is meant to raise awareness for water – indispensable for human life on earth. This year’s theme is “Water & Energy”.[read more]