Water and energy are inextricably linked as unsound management of either resource can have an impact on the cost, availability, and sustainability of the other. This book explores the "energy for water" component of the water–energy nexus. It offers diverse case studies from around the world including the deserts of Saudi Arabia, rural China, Pakistan’s Indus Basin, arid Greek islands, and urban centers such as Los Angeles. The analyses show that while many regions face unique water scarcity challenges, they are all united by the fact that solutions require mobilizing energy.
This book focuses on how different policies and technologies are changing the way societies use energy to extract, treat, and transport water. In terms of policy, chapters explore how initiatives aimed at reducing demand for water and improved integrated resource planning can lead to energy savings. Regarding technology, case studies highlight the pros and cons of different methods of meeting water demand.
Through exploring both technology and policy across a wide range of diverse case studies, the book offers a robust explanation of the "energy for water" side of the water–energy nexus equation, making it valuable reading for academics and policymakers.
This book was originally published as a special issue as International Journal of Water Resources Development.
Table of Contents
1. A framework for understanding energy for water Christopher Napoli and Berenice Garcia-Tellez
2. The energy trade-offs of adapting to a water-scarce future: case study of Los Angeles Kelly Twomey Sanders
3. Quantifying and managing urban water-related energy use systemically: case study lessons from Australia Steven John Kenway and Ka Leung Lam
4. Energy for freshwater supply, use and disposal in the Netherlands: a case study of Dutch households P.W. Gerbens-Leenes
5. Evaluating the economic viability of solar-powered desalination: Saudi Arabia as a case study Christopher Napoli and Bertrand Rioux
6. Responding to water challenges in Greece through desalination: energy considerations A. Kartalidis, E. Tzen, E. Kampragkou and D. Assimacopoulos
7. Modernization of irrigation systems in Spain: review and analysis for decision making Javier Alarcón, Alberto Garrido and Luis Juana
8. Drivers of groundwater use and technical efficiency of groundwater, canal water, and conjunctive use in Pakistan’s Indus Basin Irrigation System Dawit Mekonnen, Afreen Siddiqi and Claudia Ringler
9. Energy for water utilization in China and policy implications for integrated planning Xi Li, Jie Liu, Chunmiao Zheng, Guoyi Han and Holger Hoff
Christopher Napoli is a research fellow at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, where he researches and advises on natural resource economics and environmental management. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. He has a PhD from the University of Kent, UK, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University, Canada.