Water-Energy Nexus Conference 2017

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Water consumption and energy generation are inextricably related. Recent factors such as Hurricane Sandy, the nationwide drought of 2012, and the rise of hydraulic fracking have drawn attention to the growing scarcity of adequate water resources for energy generation. This Water-Energy Nexus is becoming more exacerbated by other longer-term trends, including U.S. population growth and shifting participation patters due to ongoing climate change. Joint action across industry stakeholders is needed in order to drive water-energy efficiencies and optimize the nexus for future generations. For full details and to register, visit www.water-energy-nexus.com

Event Type:
Conference/Seminar
Date:
Feb. 28, 2017 - Mar. 1, 2017
Venue:
Energy Resources Center
Location:
Los Angeles , CA , USA

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The Water-Energy Nexus Conference, February 28-March 1, 2017 in Los Angeles zeros in on the challenges facing water-energy efficiency programs, technology advances that can help drive efficiencies and cost savings, and successful case studies of joint water-energy optimization initiatives. The event is unique in that it brings together startups, investors, business strategists, regulators, energy companies, water companies and technology innovators for two days of networking and sharing of insights into maximizing one of the most precious resources of our time. Topics to be addressed include:
  • Identifying benefits and overcoming barriers for joint water-energy efficiency programs
  • Successful pilots and programs: lessons learned and future initiatives
  • Developing partnerships between energy and water utilities
  • Obtaining and utilizing reliable data to quantify water-energy cost savings
  • Developing regulations, codes and standards that optimize water-energy efficiencies
  • Technology advances for driving water-energy efficiencies
  • Understanding the nature and importance of the water-energy nexus
  • Current rulemakings, regulatory trends, standards and codes impacting the water-energy nexus
  • The utility business case for implementing improved water-energy efficiency programs
  • Recent water-energy efficiency programs: what has worked, what has not
  • And more

  • Help establish relationships between joint water-energy efficiency project partners
  • Develop strategies for overcoming barriers to water-energy efficiency initiatives
  • Enable commercial & industrial end users to realize cost savings from water-energy optimization technologies and best practices
  • Identify successful projects and case studies to date, as well as opportunities going forward
  • Help stakeholders understand the nature of the water-energy nexus, its impact on business, future trends, and opportunities for optimizing efficiencies and costs

  • Electric, water, and gas utility executives
  • Commercial and industrial end user energy managers
  • Water regulators and policy makers
  • Water technology vendors and developers
  • Energy management professionals
  • Project managers and entrepreneurs
  • Renewable energy companies
  • University researchers and thought leaders
  • Finance and investment professionals

Topics to be addressed during the conference include (but are not limited to):

Business, Regulatory, and Market Issues

  • Identifying benefits and overcoming barriers for joint water-energy efficiency programs
  • Successful pilots and programs: lessons learned and future initiatives
  • Developing partnerships between energy and water utilities
  • Obtaining and utilizing reliable data to quantify water-energy cost savings
  • Developing regulations, codes and standards that optimize water-energy efficiencies
  • Funding mechanisms for water-energy nexus initiatives
  • Understanding the extent / penetration of water in energy, and energy in water
  • Current rulemakings and regulatory trends impacting the water-energy nexus
  • The utility business case for implementing improved water-energy efficiency programs
  • Recent water-energy efficiency programs: what has worked, what has not
  • Determining appropriate methodologies for measuring water-energy efficiencies
  • Optimizing the various economic and environmental factors impacting water-energy
  • Collaboration, co-investment and implementation synergies for energy and water utilities
  • Enhancing enrollment and participation in water-energy efficiency programs
  • Expanding innovation impact through a multi-sector orientation
  • Evolving utilities' asset management approaches to accommodate Smart Water
  • Changing the mindset of stakeholders

Technology Advances and Opportunities

  • Leveraging analytics and IoT to advance water resources
  • Advances in water network management systems
  • Achieving supply resiliency and quality through technology innovation
  • Advanced monitoring and metering management technologies
  • Detecting and locating leakage via Big Data analytics
  • Emerging technologies and applications
  • Leveraging renewable energies in Smart Water initiatives
  • Advances in wastewater recycling, processing, discharging to reduce energy intensity

The Water-Energy Nexus Conference will focus on the latest strategies, pilots, technology advances and business models for optimizing efficiencies and cost savings in interdependent energy-water systems. the deployment of storage systems. A series of in-depth presentations and interactive panel discussions will examine the most relevant case studies, best practices, and lessons learned to date -- with an eye toward directions forward. 

The session schedule and faculty of speakers for the conference is currently in development. Industry professionals who are interested in delivering a presentation or organizing a panel discussion session are encouraged to submit a proposal to info@water-energy-nexus.com. To review a list of topics to be addressed at the event, please click here. 

Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal 

Seminar sessions are 75 minutes in length and typically feature three speakers, each presenting for approximately 20 minutes. Individuals who wish to deliver a presentation or organize a panel session with multiple speakers should submit the following:

  1. Speaker name, title, company, and contact information
  2. Presentation title (or title of panel session)
  3. Abstract of presentation or panel session (150 - 200 words)
  4. Speaker biography and photo
  5. Bullet list of 4-5 Key Learning Points from the presentation or panel sessio

Additional Guidance 

  • We ask that proposals be non-commercial in nature. Submissions will be carefully reviewed by the Program Advisory Group to ensure depth of information and relevance to the program.
  • Sponsorship of the conference is not a requirement for participating as a speaker. However, there are a limited number of sponsorship options that do involve a speaking engagement. For more information, please contact us. 
  • Accepted speakers will receive a complimentary pass to attend both days of the event.
  • Presentations that emphasize case studies, best practices, and real-world results are encouraged.

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Sponsorship of Water-Energy Nexus 2017 ensures that your technology solution, consulting expertise, services, and thought leadership are positioned prominently to a range of industry professionals concerned with optimizing the water-energy nexus for future generations. 

This is a unique opportunity to target a senior key group of decision-makers, network managers, utility executives, water company professionals, regulators, investors, and energy providers who will be in attendance. 

Sponsors receive a range of valuable exposure opportunities for highlighting their involvement in the Forum and maximizing their interaction with attendees. Prominent logo positioning on event website, Tabletop Exhibit space, and an opportunity to distribute corporate information to attendees are just a few benefits of sponsorship.

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