The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Thirsty Energy Initiative

Modeling the Water-Energy Nexus: How Do Water Constraints Affect Energy Planning in South Africa?

A new publication on the water-energy nexus has come out of the World Bank's Thirsty Energy Initiative, whose goal is to ensure sustainable development of water and energy resources. This research focuses on incorporating a representation of water supply and infrastructure costs into an energy systems model (SATIM-W) to better reflect the interdependent nature of the energy-water nexus in South Africa and the water supply challenges facing the energy system. The results of this investigation demonstrate the process and type of tools that can be employed to examine the energy-water nexus in a national level planning context, and the insights that can be gained from water-smart energy planning.
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From the ‘What?’ to the ‘How?' in the Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges, Opportunities And Lessons Learned


Recently the Baker Institute welcomed Diego Rodriguez, senior economist at the World Bank and team task leader for Thirsty Energy, to discuss those efforts with a focus on the existing challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in the implementation of a nexus approach for governments and the private sector.

During his presentation, Dr. Rodriguez discussed the reasons why combined water and energy management remains an important area for research and policy design. Many parts of the globe already experience significant water and energy shortages — more than 780 million people still lack access to potable water and more than 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. In light of these issues, the World Bank launched Thirsty Energy in January 2014, an initiative to address challenges presented by energy and water resource planning around the world. Over the last two years, the World Bank has worked to address the challenges of implementing planning and investment solutions in South Africa, China and Morocco.

The full presentation lasts approximately 54 minutes and is followed by 18 minutes of Q&A. You can find out more in the video above or by visiting http://bakerinstitute.org/events/1782/.
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