Saving Water Saving Energy Blog

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.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 7 2011 - 3:45pm

Read this weeks re-posting of Duke University's School for Environmental Policy Solutions' Climate Post to learn: how much government subsidies for the fossil fuel industry outweighs subsidies for renewable energy industry; how much the price of oil might go up of turmoil finds it's way to Saudi Arabia; and just how much radioactive water was dumped into the ocean in Japan and how far it's effects are spreading. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 4 2011 - 11:54am

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Advisory Committee on Water Information have called for comment on a draft report to congress "Strengthening the Scientific Understanding of Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources of the United States." The report was produced in response to the Omnibus Public Lands Act which called for a report describing the current scientific understanding of each impact of global climate change on freshwater resources of the United States. Do you have any comments or suggestions you could make to help strengthen this report to congress? Public comments are due on April, 22 so hurry and get yours in! Click on the title, image or here to view the full post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 31 2011 - 4:58pm

On March 11, a monstrous 9.0 magnitude earthquake and a 45-foot high tsunami moving at speeds over 500 mph ripped through Japan leaving behind a wake of devastation. Resulting power outages left Japan's Fukushima Dai-Icha nuclear power plant without cooling power, causing a nuclear radioactive cooling water crisis of epic proportions. Click the image, title or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 30 2011 - 3:55pm

The interconnections between water, energy and climate change cannot be made more perfectly clear than by the present condition of Norway. With the nation relying almost entirely on hydroelectricity, coupled with depleted hydro reservoirs, the temporary shut down of seven neighboring nuclear plants, and an unusually cold winter creating greater electricity demand; Norway is experiencing the perfect water-energy-climate storm, and is currently on alert for potential electricity disruption. Click the image, title or here to read the full post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 28 2011 - 6:14pm

Last week, three massive US electricity producers (Dominion, Southern Company, and PPL Corporation) agreed to--at the request of shareholders--significantly expand their reporting and disclosure of plant water use, associated risks, and risk mitigation strategies. If more utilities follow suit, this could be a huge first step towards creating the necessary transparency of water consumption, withdrawal and pollution embedded in the processes of electricity production. Click the image, title or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 25 2011 - 5:21pm

Texas State Representative Allen Ritter introduced three water plan funding bills to the State Natural Resources Committee on March 11. The bills propose to finance the strategies in the State Water Plan, which will dedicate 20% of funding toward conservation and reuse strategies. Click the image, title or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 24 2011 - 6:48pm

Last September, Bevan (who we all love and miss dearly as he is peace corps-ing away down in Equador) blogged about a water-energy nexus technology competition being put on by Imagine H2O - a national non profit dedicated to empowering and inspiring people to solve water problems. Finally, on March 17 after 6 months of deliberation, Imagine H20 has announced their winner and two runners up. Read the full post to find out who won are and what water-technologies they came up with!

Travis Leipzig
Mar 23 2011 - 5:10pm

This February, The Water Footprint Network released an updated version of their original 2009 publication, The Water Footprint Assessment Manual: Setting the Global Standard. This report provides a framework that can be used at the global level to measure the water footprint of green, blue and grey water use at the individual process, product or consumption levels as well as at business and national levels. Click the image, title or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 22 2011 - 7:47pm

Today the 22 of March, is the official 'World Water Day.' This globally recognized day has been organized with the intent of bringing to widespread attention the current negative condition of one of the world's most precious resources, water. Numerous forces--from electricity production, to irrigation, to deteriorated infrastructure--are applying pressure on the constantly depleting freshwater supplies throughout the world. The focus of my salute to the World Water Day is on the nation's devastatingly outdated and deteriorated water infrastructure. Click the image, the title or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 21 2011 - 6:51pm

I love birds just as much as the next guy with a soft spot for all things living, but I've gotta say: it is about damn time that someone puts the argument that 'wind power is bad because turbines can kill birds' into perspective. A recent article in the New York Times brings to light the truth that the number one killer of birds (and killing about 1,136 times more birds annually than wind turbines) is the ever-so-loved house cat. Click the image, the title or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 10 2011 - 6:12pm

Read this week's reposting of Duke University's The Climate Post to learn: Why Spain has lowered it's speed limits and urge the UK to do the same; Which country's Prime Minister has vowed to move forward with plans to put a price on carbon; and why NASA's second 'climate-sensing' satellite in the last two years has failed. Click the image, the title or here to read the entire post

Travis Leipzig
Mar 9 2011 - 7:26pm

Over the course of this week, there have been a few very interesting but very alarming articles written about one of the energy industry's newest grooves--Hydrofracking. I don't have much to add to these articles, I just wanted to share some of their more noteworthy parts with all of you in the chance that you haven't yet read them. Click the image, the title or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 9 2011 - 4:12pm

A friend just shared this video with me. I think it's just too great not to share with all of you! Watch this video to learn how you can use a two-liter bottle filled with water to replace a 50 watt light bulb. If you have a total of ten 50-watt light bulbs in your home which you run for an average of 5 hours a day, all of which you can replace with these light jugs, you can save approximately 2.5 Kilowatt Hours every day (not to mention the amount of water saved at the electricity plant that would have been used to produce the electricity to power your light bulbs)! Click the image, the title or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 9 2011 - 2:39pm

I found this great cartoon depiction of a federal inability to enforce water quality regulation in the Chesapeake Bay, in my Google Reader subscription to Water Wired today. Click the image, title or here, to read the entire post. Enjoy!

Travis Leipzig
Mar 7 2011 - 5:37pm

President of the Pacific Institute, internationally renowned water-expert and MacArthur Fellow, Peter Glick, recently presented the new concept (which he gave name to) of 'Peak Water' in an article on Circle of Blue. Read his article here!

Travis Leipzig
Mar 7 2011 - 2:28pm

On average, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. That's so much water! Not to mention energy wasted in the process of treating and pumping the water to your home, only to be sadly dripped/dropped/leaked away. To address this massive water and energy lossage through leaks, EPA's WaterSense is holding it's annual 'Fix a Leak Week' next week.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 3 2011 - 7:14pm

Check out this week's reposting of Duke University's Climate Post to learn: about the 'climate smart' changes being made by Fox news, The Wall Street Journal and the Dow Jones; How hydrofracking may be linked to a series of earthquakes in Arkansas; and how several fossil fuel projects have been stymied.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 2 2011 - 2:43pm

Attention! Allies needed for Campaign to Sustain Water and Energy! River Network is looking for non-governmental groups, tribal, local, state and federal representatives that want to work together to promote three primary objectives: 1)water conservation, efficiency, and reuse; 2) energy conservation; and 3) reduce the water-related impacts of climate change. Read our campaign strategy and take the survey about what your group is currently doing in these areas and how your efforts in these areas could be expanded given additional resources.