Discover more about water/wastewater including energy efficiency, microgrids, financing, sustainable solutions, and megatrends 

The Big Room Talks: Water/Wastewater 

Discover more about water/wastewater including energy efficiency, microgrids, financing, sustainable solutions, and megatrends.  

Key Talk Topics:  

  • Megatrends 
  • Project financing 
  • Microgrids 
  • Energy and water nexus 
  • Sustainable solutions 
  • Customer success stories  

Keynote Presentation: Water Industry Challenges and Opportunities   

Speaker:
Michael Nunley, CEO and President, MKN   

Key Points:  

  • Overview of new regulations, technological advancements, environmental drivers, and the workforce needs that successful agencies and companies must address  
  • Water regulations/challenges  
  • Deep dive into sea level rise, wildfire impacts, salt and salinity, water conservation, and microplastics in drinking water  
Water Industry Challenges and Opportunities | Michael Nunley
Water Industry Challenges a...

00:32:54

Q&A with Michael Nunley

00:11:23

Customer Success Story: City of San Luis Obispo   

Speakers:
Aaron Floyd, Director of Utilities, City of San Luis Obispo 
Brent Patera, Principal, Business Development, PG&E   

Key Points:  

  • How City of San Luis Obispo manages drought and additional challenges that affect public service operations and energy efficiency goals  
  • How City of San Luis Obispo successfully manages their water, wastewater, resiliency, and emergency operations  
  • Overview of water resiliency, wastewater capacity and ADUs, and professional development/community outreach  
Customer Success Story: City of San Luis Obispo | Aaron Floyd
Customer Success Story: Cit...

00:45:40

Q&A with Aaron Floyd and Br...

00:03:37

2020 Legislative and Regulatory Update and Water Industry Challenges  

2020 Legislative and Regulatory Update from Association of California Water Agencies  

Speakers:
Julia Hall, Senior Legislative Advocate, Association of California Water Agencies 
Nick Blair, Regulatory Advocate, Association of California Water Agencies  

Key Points:  

  • Overview of regulatory and legislative changes for water  
  • New laws from the 2020 legislative sessions, predictions about the 2021 legislative year, and regulatory development overview  
  • Association of California Water Agencies regulatory and legislative changes that affect water (what did not change; what changed)  

Challenges Facing the Water Industry  

Speaker:
Jon Hanlon, Principal Engineer, MKN   

Key Points:  

  • Energy challenges and opportunities in water  
  • Energy efficiency (pumps/pumping systems, SCADA/controls, VFDs, time of use management, lighting and HVAC, other equipment, etc.)  
  • Energy recovery/generation (cogeneration, pipelines, etc.)  
2020 Legislative and Regulatory Update | Julia Hall and Nick Blair
2020 Legislative and Regula...

00:17:05

Challenges Facing the Water...

00:24:44

Q&A with Julia Hall, Nick B...

00:07:54

Conventional and Unconventional Energy Conservation Measures for WWTPS and the Importance of Resiliency for Facilities  

Conventional and Unconventional Energy Conservation Measures for WWTPs  

Speaker:
Mark Vilchuck, Senior Project Developer, Southland Energy   

Key Points:  

  • Energy savings: energy intensity of water and wastewater treatment  
  • Electricity and energy use for wastewater utilities  
  • Opportunities for improving energy efficiency (equipment upgrades, operational modifications, and modifications to facility buildings)  

PowerSecure, Inc. Mission Critical Microgrids: Mitigating Risk with PowerSecure Microgrids   

Speakers:
Todd Jackson, Vice President Utility Sales, PowerSecure, Inc.  
Nicola Guarnieri, West Coast Business Development Manager, PowerSecure, Inc.  

Key Points:  

  • How facilities nationwide mitigate risk with microgrids  
  • How the microgrid obtains a return on investment  
  • Healthcare microgrids (business continuity, financial benefit, and corporate social responsibility and sustainability)  
Conventional and Unconventional Energy Conservation Measures for WWTPs
Conventional and Unconventi...

00:30:40

Mission Critical Microgrids...

00:12:34

Q&A with Todd Jackson, Nico...

00:07:23

Financing Water/WWTRF Projects and PG&E’s Sustainable Solutions Turnkey (SST) Offering  

Financing Water/WWTRF Projects  

Speaker:
Alex Handlers, Principal and Vice President, BWA   

Key Points:  

  • Summary of financial management practices to help position agencies for issuing debt/overview of debt financing options  
  • Financing stewardship for debt issuance; financing options and current rates  
  • Financing alternatives (revenue bonds, Certificates of Participation [COPs], bank loans/private placements, state/federal funding programs)  

PG&E Sustainable Solutions Turnkey (SST) Offering  

Speaker:
John Garnett, Principal Product Manager, Energy Consulting Group, PG&E  

Key Points:  

  • Overview of Sustainable Solutions Turnkey program (one-stop solution for customers)  
  • Long-term partnership options  
  • Project development and execution  
Financing Water/WWTRF Projects | Alex Handlers
Financing Water/WWTRF Proje...

00:25:36

PG&E’s Sustainable Soluti...

00:20:55

Q&A with Alex Handlers and ...

00:06:13

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