Diego J. Rodriguez, Senior Economist at The World Bank’s Water Unit, explains there are water-energy challenges in most regions of the world in which there is already competition for existing water resources and dry and water stress areas. “If we look at North Africa, we see semiarid countries with many areas already facing water stress and a highly variable precipitation rate due to its geographic and climatic conditions”, says Rodriguez. “Moreover, the effects of climate change could exacerbate the problem in the future. These effects can also be perceived in countries like South Africa and other countries on the continent that are highly dependent on hydropower as water scarcity will also have an impact on the existing capacity in the near future, affecting its availability and uncertain reliability.”
Mr Rodriguez will be in Cape Town for the upcoming African Utility Week from 13-14 May where he is a panelist in the Water-Energy-
Will water constrain our energy future?
“Our entry point is the energy sector” says Diego Rodriguez, “which is rather unconventional;
On the specific work of the Thirsty Energy initiative in South Africa he continues: “In South Africa we started a collaboration effort with the Energy Research Center of the University of Cape Town to support existing energy modeling tools to incorporate water constraints on energy development to reflect the real cost of allocating water to the power sector and work to integrate water considerations into energy planning frameworks,”
The World Bank officially launched Thirsty Energy as a new initiative addressing interlinked energy-water challenges in January 2014.
See complete interview with Diego Rodriguez on: http://www.african-
For more information about Thirsty Energy: www.worldbank.org/
About African Utility Week
The award winning 14th African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and expo is taking place at the CTICC in Cape Town from 13-14 May 2014. Discussions, workshops, exhibits and site visits will focus on the industry disciplines of metering, clean power, water, large power users, investment and finance, transmission & distribution, smart grids and generation.
Event dates and location:
Conference and Exhibition (including workshops): 13-14 May 2014
Focus day: 12 May 2014
Site visits: 15 May 2014
Location: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa
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