Water-Energy Nexus

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The water-energy nexus refers to the link between energy production and water scarcity. Every kilowatt-hour of electricity we use consumes on average 25 gallons water — a fact that only becomes more daunting as drought creeps across the globe. Read on for TriplePundit’s coverage of this crucial global issue.

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Positive Progress: 3 Trends in Wastewater Treatment

Last month, leaders in the global water sector convened in Munich, Germany, for the 50th anniversary of IFAT – an influential conference for…
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The Global Food Waste/Energy Nexus: Is Buying Local Always the Best?

Food production can be a pricey business, especially when it comes to processing and production. But with regards to the energy costs for…
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Brands Address Global Water Crisis with Win-Win Strategies

Today, 1.2 billion people, or almost a fifth of the world's population, live in areas of water scarcity, and, according to the U.N.,…
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The Clean Power Plan: What’s Water Got To Do With It?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan has been heralded as a major step toward a low-carbon economy in the United…
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Less Water, More Energy, More Problems

Water and energy are more closely tied together than you might realize, and the historic California drought is bringing this relationship to the…
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The Business Risks of Water Shortages

The world's biggest businesses are increasingly exposed to water risk while responses to calls by large investors for increased reporting and accountability have…
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The Growing Challenge of Water Procurement

Most sustainability professionals would agree that, in the long run, making adequate supplies of fresh water readily available to the world’s entire population…
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Energy-Coffee Wastewater Project Delivers Multiple Benefits in Central America

Taking a holistic, integrated approach to tackle issues at the water-food-energy nexus, UTZ Certified is expanding its Energy from Coffee Wastewater Project from…
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Report: Tech Advances, Policy Changes Drive U.S. Solar Boom

A new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists Climate and Energy Program reviews the boom in U.S. solar energy and identifies key…
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Ceres: Bumper Harvests Mask Serious Threats to U.S. Corn Production

The USDA expects a second consecutive record corn harvest in 2014, but climate change, wasteful water practices and overuse of fertilizers pose real…
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Interview: Heiner Markhoff, President and CEO of GE Water

I had a chance to talk to Heiner Markoff about sustainability in the water sector and the role GE Water plans in ensuring…
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24/7 Concentrating Solar Power Plant Gains Approval in Chile

Environmental concerns have hindered construction of utility-scale concentrating solar (aka solar thermal) power plants, but Chile's environmental ministry has approved Abengoa's 110-MW Cerro…
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U.S. Wind Energy Could Double, But It’s Deja-vu All Over Again in Congress

The U.S. wind energy posted remarkable results in 2013 despite getting off to a rocky start. Though new transmission capacity means U.S. wind…
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Water-Energy Nexus: Utah Approves Largest Solar Power Park

Scatec's Red Hills Renewable Energy Park will generate green jobs and revenue for local landowners and the state, as well as 80 megawatts…
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Wind Power Is Reducing Electricity Rates; Pays Back Tax Credit 17 Times Over

Wind energy is now the cheapest means of generating electricity in many parts of the U.S., thanks in no small part to the…