Saving Water Saving Energy Blog

Travis Leipzig
May 27 2011 - 3:35pm

Read this week's re-posting of Duke University's The Climate Post to learn: how much Japan has pledged to boost renewable energy in the wake of the nuclear crisis at Fukushima; how the EPA's recent dramatic overhaul of fuel efficiency labels for motor vehicles may affect you; and, why the worlds biggest consumer of electricity, China, may experience the worst blackouts since the early 1990's. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
May 27 2011 - 3:04pm

Yesterday, a promising bill highlighting water for energy successfully made it's way through the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources and will move forward to a full Senate vote. If the bill effectively makes it's way through both the Senate and House, the U.S. may finally 'officially' see more clearly the water impacts of energy development and begin to move towards a water efficient energy portfolio. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
May 26 2011 - 6:35pm

Earlier this month Dr. Peter Gleick - co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute - gave a briefing at Capitol Hill on the current state of climate change and its effects on water resources. Download his presentation here! Click the title, image or here to view the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
May 25 2011 - 4:57pm

Recognizing the need for collaboration between the two paralleling worlds of water conservation & efficiency and energy conservation & efficiency, Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) collaborated on their most recent publication, Adressing the Energy-Water Nexus: A Blueprint for Action and Policy Agenda. In efforts to drive action at the federal, state, local and watershed level - A Blueprint For Action addresses the key elements of policies/codes, research, and programs. Click the title, image or here to view the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
May 25 2011 - 3:29pm

Earlier this month the Cleveland-based company, Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) announced plans to begin construction of the first ever offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes. The 20 megawatt project is expected to cost upwards of $100 million but will hopefully spur massive growth in the domestic wind energy industry as well as drastically cut CO2 emissions and Water consumption associated with currently operating power plants in the great lakes region. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
May 6 2011 - 12:50pm

this week's re-post of Duke University's The Climate Post to learn: what may cause drastic reductions in national mobility in the near future; what is causing Idaho Public Utilities Commission to suspend permits for all large wind turbine operations; and, in which data collection efforts the US Energy Information Administration is being forced to make drastic cuts. Click the title, image or to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
May 6 2011 - 12:03pm

Last month's Environmental Science & Technology Journal featured an article introducing the latest contribution to the water-energy nexus tool arsenal. The WEN Tool has been designed to quantify the water and energy portfolios associated with a community's water-energy nexus while taking into account the influence of geographic location on water and energy resources. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
May 5 2011 - 6:21pm

A recent interesting article by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory that highlights a paper published in the Water Resources Research journal, examines the water and land requirements of domestic algae production as an alternative to fossil fuels. The article promotes the idea that domestic algae growth could replace 17% of U.S. oil imports, but seems to lack emphasis on the significance of the effects of algae production on water supplies. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 28 2011 - 5:47pm

Read this week's re-posting of Duke University's The Climate Post to learn: what some folks are saying could cost Obama a re-election; why former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty thinks it would be good to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; and which major US water basins are likely to decline by 8 to 14 percent by 2050 according to a new government report. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 28 2011 - 5:16pm

When is our nation going to get SERIOUS about conserving water? Maybe on June 3rd at the National River Rally in Charleston, SC. River Network and our allies will try to jumpstart this important conversation by bringing together national leaders and progressive water utilities to talk turkey about water conservation. Groups participating in the Campaign to Sustain Water and Energy will be hosting a 3 hour session on National Initiatives on Water and Energy. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 28 2011 - 4:16pm

"Water is the lifeblood of our communities, rural and urban economies, and our environment; and small changes in water supplies or the timing of precipitation can have a big impact on all of us." - Ken Salazar. On Monday, April 28, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released a report to congress that highlights the impacts of climate change on western water resources. Click on the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Wendy Wilson
Apr 28 2011 - 11:13am

Last week EPA’s long-awaited new rule on the use of water at existing U.S. power plants and other industrial facilities was finally published. The public comment period runs until June 19. Overall, the rule was poorly received by the groups whose legal actions motivated the agency to act in the first place and appears to miss a huge opportunity to protect and restore our rivers. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 22 2011 - 2:09pm

Read this week's reposting of Duke University's The Climate Post to learn: how the global recession may have contributed to reducing greenhouse gases; where the US government has approved to build the first US offshore wind farm; and how many abandoned and unplugged oil and gas wells that are reported as active remain in the Gulf. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 22 2011 - 12:48pm

Exactly one year after the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the fossil fuel industry is at it again. Late Tuesday night a natural gas drilling well located next to Loyalsock State Forest in Pennsylvania ruptured, spilling thousands of gallons of contaminated water across nearby farms and into a neighboring stream. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 21 2011 - 5:23pm

Following the horrible tragedies in Japan and after several weeks of flooding the damaged nuclear fuel cooling units with millions and millions of gallons of both freshwater and seawater, causing massive amounts of radioactively charged water to seep into the ground and spill into the ocean, Japanese authorities are considering the possibility of replacing the crippled wet-cooling towers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant with dry-cooling technology. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 19 2011 - 5:44pm

Last week, the American Institue of Architechts's (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) released their selections for the 10 most green design solutions of 2011. From operating with high water efficiency, to producing their own renewable energy, to recycling building materials, these building designs are laying the path to a renewable and sustainable building development future. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 18 2011 - 3:17pm

This week, the Swiss retail giant IKEA completed it's fourth rooftop solar power installation in the US. The new installation in Burbank, CA is made up of 1,260 solar panels and has the capacity to generate as much as 421,000 Kilowatt-hours per year, or enough to power approximately 37 homes for an entire year. Click the image, title or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 15 2011 - 12:59pm

Read This week's re-posting of Duke University's The Climate Post to learn: how much more natural gas could be contributing to global warming than coal; Which car producers are boasting about future designs for natural gas powered vehicles; and how llamas were used to help some fish species in the face of climate change in UK. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 14 2011 - 5:28pm

Good news! Today the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy released a press update highlighting the historic settlement between the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and EPA over a Clean Air Act dispute, which lead to the planned retirement of 2,700 MW of TVA's 17,000 MW total capacity of coal fired power by the end of 2017. Click the image, title or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 13 2011 - 3:32pm

April 8th was the marking of another big day for the water-energy nexus in TX as the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) and CPS Energy utilities came together in a meeting with San Antonio mayor Julian Castro to discuss the cities existing and future combined water and energy resource management plans. Click on the image, title or here to read the entire post.