water and energy

Reimagining Infrastructure

July 30, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” That’s the challenge for this generation when it comes creating Smart Grids out of today’s infrastructure for energy and water. We’re much further along in terms of envisioning a modernized electricity grid than we are when the aging infrastructure under consideration is water.[read more]

Water-Energy Nexus: Common Misconceptions about 'Produced Water' in Oil and Gas Production

June 3, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Water-Energy Nexus

In a recent report titled “Produced Water: Asset or Waste?”, Blythe Lyons, Nonresident Senior Fellow (Energy and Environment Program), addresses water-related issues – in particular the treatment of ‘produced water’- in US oil and gas production as well as concomitant sustainable water strategies.[read more]

Water and the Future of Energy

January 20, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

California is in the midst of an epic drought. It is one of 11 western states (Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, and Kansas are the others) that the U.S. government declared to be “primary natural disaster areas” due to drought.[read more]

Climate and Health of the Watershed

January 12, 2010 by Jonathan Smith

Getting to 350 parts per million of CO2 is a goal. Integral to the reduction of anthropogenic emissions is another goal: restoration of the earth’s ailing watersheds. This blog has borne witness to such a cause locally as well as globally. Economic disincentives for carbon emissions are critical since coal emissions are increasing, and...[read more]

Mozambique: Demise of a massive biofuels project

January 6, 2010 by Solana Larsen

In late December, the Council of Ministers of Mozambique made a significant announcement. A 30,000ha land concession to biofuels firm Procana in the District of Massingir had been revoked. The Mozambican Land Law, passed in 1997, is quite unique. Land was nationalized at independence, and the Land Law did not change this. It gives the...[read more]

German solar developer goes dry in Nevada

November 16, 2009 by Todd Woody

Photo: Solar Millennium Water is emerging as a make-or-break issue for solar developers hoping to build massive megawatt solar power plants in the desert Southwest. On Monday, Solar Millennium announced it would rather switch to dry-cooling its proposed 500-megawatt solar farm in the Nevada desert rather than fight to use more than a...[read more]