News | May 20, 2011

Chicago Meeting To Highlight Links Among Energy, Water, & Wastewater Sectors

Top EPA Regional Administrator to Speak at Opening Session

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 its impressive lineup of speakers and technical presenters includes 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. Professionals, governments, and utilities are looking for information to guide planning and technical solutions and to start adopting practices and strategies that advance sustainability and improve the nation's energy profile, and they'll find it at this meeting.

Dr. Susan Hedman, administrator for EPA's Region 5 in Chicago, will speak at the meeting's Opening Session on August 1. She directs EPA's operations in the six-state Great Lakes region, including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, and has more than 30 years of experience in the environmental protection field.

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.

Held in cooperation with the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the Alliance to Save 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.

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About WEF
Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Water Environment Federation (WEF) - WEFTEC