Chicago Meeting Highlights Links Among Energy, Water, & Wastewater Sectors

Top EPA Regional Administrator to Speak at Opening Session

(NEW YORK, NY- July 20, 2011) – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) will present Energy and Water 2011: Efficiency, Generation, Management, and Climate Impacts at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., July 31-August 3, 2011. This timely conference will address energy efficiency in the water and wastewater sectors, including broader implications for climate change and adaptation for the water environment, and features an impressive lineup of speakers and technical presenters including the area’s top EPA administrator.

Municipal water supply and wastewater treatment systems are among the most energy-intensive facilities owned and operated by local governments, representing as much as half of a municipality’s total electricity consumption. Speakers from Department of Energy laboratories, water, wastewater, and electric utilities, and experts from all over North America will present sessions covering such topics as cutting-edge technology entrepreneurship, electric utilities’ views on future water demands, the U.S. EPA’s Climate Ready Utility Program, the latest research on energy recovery from wastewater plants, state of the industry for biofuels from algae and biosolids, and much more.

Hazen and Sawyer’s presentations will include:

Fine-Pore Diffuser Studies in BNR Wastewater: Performance Variation and Effects on Energy Footprint
D. Rosso, L. Jiang, J. Zhong, D. Coller, A. Kim, M. Firouzian, M. Jeung, M. Anaya-Santiago, K. Gellerman, University of California, Irvine; D. Hayden, Irvine Ranch Water District; P. Pitt, C. Hocking, Hazen and Sawyer

Coordinating Utility Billing Rates to Maximize the Benefit from Onsite Energy Generation and Combined Heat and Power Systems
B. Lisk, Hazen and Sawyer; D. White, J. Dodson, City of Durham, North Carolina; C. M. Bullard, Hazen and Sawyer

A Systemic Look at Energy Optimization – Balancing Aeration Demands and Digester Gas Utilization to Provide Energy Savings and Carbon Footprint Reduction
J. Rohrbacher, B. Lisk, C. Szoch, Hazen and Sawyer; J. Whitaker, R. Wichser, T. Frederick, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority

Micro-constituents in Digester Gas: Sweating the Small Stuff
C. M. Bullard, B. R. Lisk, S. A. Hardy, Hazen and Sawyer

From Grease to Green: Two Case Studies of FOG Receiving, Co-Digestion and Combined Heat and Power Generation
M. Van Horne, T. Bruton, S. Hardy, M. Bullard, H. Long, Hazen and Sawyer

Held in cooperation with the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the Alliance to Share Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Central States Water Environment Association, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, the Illinois Water Environment Association, Imagine H2O, and the Water Environment Research Foundation, this conference will bring together researchers, regulators, designers, technology developers, students, municipal agencies/utilities, facility managers/operators, industry representatives, and other environmental professionals from around the world to share and debate the current state of knowledge of the water-energy nexus.

Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.

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