From the ‘What?’ to the ‘How?' in the Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges, Opportunities and Lessons Learned

It’s practically cliché now to say that water and energy are inextricably linked. However, 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 January 2014, the World Bank launched Thirsty Energy, 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.

Diego Rodriguez, senior economist at the World Bank and team task leader for Thirsty Energy, discussed 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.

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Welcome and Introduction

Regina M. Buono, J.D.
Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute 

Featured Speaker

Diego Rodriguez, Ph.D., is a senior economist at the World Bank’s Water Global Practice. He is also the task team leader of the Decision Tree Framework to Incorporate Climate Uncertainty in Water Resources Planning and Project Design, for which he oversees analytical work to inform investment designs in Nepal, Kenya, Indonesia and Mexico. Rodriguez is part of the Bank-wide team for building climate resilience in planning and project design. He is also the task team leader of Thirsty Energy, a World Bank initiative to quantify the tradeoffs of the energy-water nexus and provide technical support to operational teams on the use of economic analysis in large water infrastructure investments under deep uncertainty with an emphasis on the application of decision scaling methodologies. Rodriguez holds an undergraduate degree in economics, a master’s in applied economics and a Ph.D. in water economics.


6:00 pm – Reception
6:30 pm – Presentation



Wed, April 20, 2016
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
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