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The Water-Energy Nexus

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The competition between water and energy needs represents a critical business, security, and environmental issue, but has not yet received the attention that it merits. Energy production consumes significant amounts of water; providing water, in turn, consumes energy. In a world where water scarcity is a major and growing challenge, meeting future energy needs depends on water availability –and meeting water needs depends on wise energy policy decisions.

Nations around the world are evaluating their energy options and developing policies that apply appropriate financial carrots and sticks to various technologies to encourage sustainable energy production, including cost, carbon, and security considerations. Water needs to be part of this debate, particularly how communities will manage the trade-offs between water and energy at the local, national, and cross-border levels. These decisions will impact businesses, investors, security, environment, justice, development, and sustainability. Policy makers, business leaders, investors, non-governmental organizations, and the public at large need sound, non-partisan information to make the right choices.

Now—as new energy policies are emerging– is the window of opportunity to add water to the agenda.

The Water-Energy Nexus: Adding Water to the Energy Agenda. Diana Glassman, Michele Wucker, Tanushree Isaacman, and Corinne Champilou. New York: World Policy Institute and EBG Capital, March 2011.

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Recent Water-Energy Nexus Project Events:

September 22, 2011: Clean Energy Connections presents: The Energy-Water Nexus. At the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC (Video Available)

May 24, 2011: The Water-Energy Nexus: A Discussion with Michele Wucker and Diana Glassman, Moderated by Samuel Sherraden. At New America Foundation (Video Available).

March 15, 2011: The Water-Energy Nexus: A Panel Discussion, Policy Paper Launch, and Reception. At Bloomberg, New York (Related WPI Blog Post).

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