The Water-Energy Nexus in the American West

The Water-Energy Nexus in the American West

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The nexus between water and energy raises a set of public policy questions that go far beyond water and energy. Economic vitality and management of scarce and precious resources are at stake. This book contributes to the body of knowledge and understanding regarding water, energy, and the links between the two in the American West and beyond. The research and analyses presented by the authors shed new light on the choices that must be made in order to avoid unnecessary harm in the development and management of water and energy systems to meet public needs in an ever changing environmental and economic climate. Indeed, the book shows, thoughtfully designed new technologies and approaches can help restore damaged environments and provide a range of benefits. The focus is the American West, but many of the lessons are global in their applicability. After a broad, stage-setting introductory section, the volume looks first at the use of water for energy production and then follows with chapters on the role of energy in water projects. The final section looks at the way forward, providing cases and recommendations for better, more efficient linkages in the watera€“energy nexus. Students and researchers in economics, public policy, environmental studies and law along with planners and policymakers will find this accessible and very current volume invaluable.This compels water providers to address increasing energy usage related to water services (Scott et al., 2007). Research on the watera€“energy nexus includes determining water needs for energy production and energy usage for wateranbsp;...

Title:The Water-Energy Nexus in the American West
Author: Douglas S. Kenney, Robert Wilkinson
Publisher:Edward Elgar Publishing - 2011-01-01

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