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The Water–Energy Nexus in the American West

Edited by Douglas S. Kenney, Senior Research Associate, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado School of Law, US and Robert Wilkinson, Adjunct Associate Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, US
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.
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Publication Date: 2011
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  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Energy Policy and Regulation
  • Environmental Geography
  • Environmental Law
  • Water
  • Law - Academic
  • Environmental Law
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 water–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.
‘. . . the book should prove to be a helpful reference for those evaluating the energy implications of water supply alternatives in the western USA and beyond.’
– Water Desalination Report
Contributors: K. Averyt, M.H. Benson, S.J. Burian, S.A. Conrad, H. Cooley, S. Eden, K.L. Guerra, J.H. Hoover, T. Iseman, M. Kassen, D.S. Kenney, M.L. Lamberton, S.G. Larsen, L.J. MacDonnell, S.B. Megdal, B. Miller, M.J. Pasqualetti, R.C. Pate, A. Schroeder, C.L. Schwartz, C.A. Scott, F. Spivy-Weber, S. Tellinghuisen, R. Wilkinson, J.E. Williams
Contents:

Preface

PART I: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
1. The Water–Energy Nexus: Methodologies, Challenges and Opportunities
Robert Wilkinson

2. Energy, Water and the Natural Environment
Melinda Kassen and Jack E. Williams

PART IIa: WATER FOR ENERGY
Fossil Fuels
3. The Coal Conundrum
Kristen Averyt

4. Oil Shale and Water
Bart Miller

5. Managing Produced Water from Coalbed Methane Production
Lawrence J. MacDonnell and Katherine L. Guerra

PART IIb: WATER FOR ENERGY
Water-Intensive Renewables
6. Concentrated Thermal Solar Power and the Value of Water for Electricity
Cynthia L. Schwartz

7. The New Generation of Biofuels
Ronald C. Pate

PART IIIc: ENERGY FOR WATER
Big Projects
8. Water–Energy Interdependencies and the Central Arizona Project
Susanna Eden, Christopher A. Scott, Melissa L. Lamberton and Sharon B. Megdal

9. Energy-Intensive Water Supplies
Stacy Tellinghuisen

10. The Energy Implications of Desalination
Heather Cooley

PART IIIb: ENERGY FOR WATER
Select State Case Studies
11. Energy Requirements for Water Supply in Utah
Sarah G. Larsen and Steven J. Burian

12. The Vital Role of Electrical Energy for Arizona Water Services
Joseph H. Hoover

PART IV: SOLUTIONS: EXAMPLES OF WAYS FORWARD
13. Adaptive Management as a Tool for Negotiating the Water–Energy Nexus
Melinda Harm Benson

14. Decision-Support for the Water–Energy Nexus: Examining Decision-making in the American West
Steve A. Conrad

15. Integrated Planning: Transmission, Generation and Water in the Western States
Tom Iseman and Alex Schroeder

16. The Water Bargain of Solar and Wind Energy
Martin J. Pasqualetti

17. Water–Energy Integration in California
Frances Spivy-Weber

Index