pt. 1. Introduction and overview -- The Water-Energy Nexus: Methodologies, Challenges and Opportunities / Robert Wilkinson -- Energy, Water and the Natural Environment / Melinda Kassen and Jack E. Williams -- pt. 2a. Water for energy : fossil fuels -- The Coal Conundrum / Kristen Averyt -- Oil Shale and Water / Bart Miller -- Managing Produced Water from Coalbed Methane Production / Lawrence J. MacDonnell and Katherine L. Guerra -- pt. 2b. Water for energy : water-intensive renewables Water-Intensive Renewables -- Concentrated Thermal Solar Power and the Value of Water for Electricity / Cynthia L. Schwartz -- The New Generation of Biofuels / Ronald C. Pate -- pt. 3a. Energy for water : big projects -- Water-Energy Interdependencies and the Central Arizona Project / Susanna Eden, Christopher A. Scott, Melissa L. Lamberton and Sharon B. Megdal -- Energy-Intensive Water Supplies / Stacy Tellinghuisen -- The Energy Implications of Desalination / Heather Cooley -- pt. 3b. Energy for water : select state case studie s-- Energy Requirements for Water Supply in Utah / Sarah G. Larsen and Steven J. Burian -- The Vital Role of Electrical Energy for Arizona Water Services / Joseph H. Hoover -- pt. 4. Solutions : examples of ways forward -- Adaptive Management as a Tool for Negotiating the Water-Energy Nexus / Melinda Harm Benson -- Decision-Support for the Water-Energy Nexus: Examining Decision-making in the American West / Steve A. Conrad -- Integrated Planning: Transmission, Generation and Water in the Western States / Tom Iseman and Alex Schroeder -- The Water Bargain of Solar and Wind Energy / Martin J. Pasqualetti -- Water-Energy Integration in California / Frances Spivy-Weber. The nexus between water and energy raises a set of public policy questions that go far beyond water and energy. Economic vitality and management of scarce and precious resources are at stake. This book contributes to the body of knowledge and understanding regarding water, energy, and the links between the two in the American West and beyond. The research and analyses presented by the authors shed new light on the choices that must be made in order to avoid unnecessary harm in the development and management of water and energy systems to meet public needs in an ever changing environmental and economic climate.