American Water Summit 2013: "Accelerating Change", Washington/USA

Conference // American Water Summit 2013: "Accelerating Change", Washington/USA

The American Water Summit sees itself as the most important US event of the year for anyone involved with water at a senior level. One session covers "Water for energy".

The recovery has relieved few of the financial pressures on America's water sector. Instead it has introduced new challenges: the need to make good on five years of deferred investment, confront the growing demand for water in America's energy economy, and assuage the growing reluctance among customers for increased water prices without improvements in performance. These challenges are being met with fresh creativity by the industry: new financial models, new performance contracts, new levels of engagement with corporate water users. It is an exciting time to be in the water industry. At this year's American Water Summit, we are looking to accelerate the change that we see all around us. We are bringing together the people who matter most in the American water industry for two days to discuss the issues that matter most.

From the programme

What is the future for America's water sector?

2013 has cast a long shadow over all of the nation's public services. We have known for some time that there would be no more money from Washington, but the toxicity of the current political environment was quite unforeseen. Water may feel like a safe and local issue, but in fact we are at a critical point. It is the point where the industry either becomes part of the malaise of slow economic growth, underinvestment, and crumbling respect for institutions; or it becomes part of the solution, driving performance, mobilising investment and inspiring economic growth.

Chair: Dennis Wierzbicki President, Grundfos USA

-Carter Strickland, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection

-Jeff Murphy, Managing Director Infrastructure Investments, Ullico

-Rui Affonso, CFO of Sabesp

-Christopher Gasson, Publisher, Global Water Intelligence

-Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of Army (Civil Works), Department of Defense

Networking Session

-Linda Hanifin Bonner, Water Design Build Council, Best practices and trends in Design-Build and Construction Management at-Risk (CMAR) delivery methods and what owners say about them

-David Henderson, XPV Capital, Emerging trends in water technology investment

-Alan Forrest, Tucson Water, From scarcity to sustainability: How Tucson beat the odds as a downstream settlement

-Roger Feldman, Andrews and Kurth LLP, Public-Private Partnerships: Innovative financing initiatives at Federal, State and Municipal levels

-Marek Wolek, Partners Group (USA) Inc., An infrastructure fund perspective on investments in the water sector

-Kevin Bolin, AlterNRG, Financing environmental technology projects: Success stories and cautionary tales

-Biju George, Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Developing Innovation as a water utility core competency — Greater Cincinnati Water Works experience

-Jonathan R Pawlow, U.S. House of Representatives, What is and should be Congress doing about water infrastructure funding?

-Bruce Tobey, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West, How to Identify the 'Right Fit'Procurement Method for a Major Water Project?

-Paul Helliker, Delta and Statewide Water Management - California DWR, Avoiding calamity for California's water: critical infrastructure investments

-Michael Murphy, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center & Earl Jones, Liberation Capital, Massachusetts Water Cluster - Accelerating Innovation to Market

-Chris Adams, RBC Capital Markets, Alternative investment strategies in water and wastewater infrastructure

-Larry Chertoff, EMA Consulting Services, How to Win the Battle for P3

-Gelia Frederick van Genderen, Water Authority of the Cayman Islands, Time to move on: PPPs and Water Authority-Cayman Experience

-Francesca McCann, Abengoa Water USA, Growing the market for PPPs in America

-Ben Grumbles, U.S. Water Alliance, Fracking's Top Ten Questions

-Matthew Ries, Water Environment Federation, Creating the Space for Innovation in Water Utilities: Moving to the Utility of the Future

-Booky Oren, Booky Oren Global Water Technologies, Proven Global Solutions for Accelerating Utility Performance Improvement

-Steve Maxwell, TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group, Water Industry Merger and Acquisition Trends in the United States

-Thomas Frederick, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, Public Involvement Rewards and Challenges

-Alaina Burtenshaw, Public Utilities Commission

-Mayor John Dickert, City of Racine, Why you have to commit to water - challenges facing clean water

Growing Blue: The economics of sustainable water

Chair: Rob Greenwood, Principal, Ross Strategic

-Biju George, Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

-Susan Story, Chief Financial Officer, American Water

-Sue Hann, City Manager, The City of Palm Bay

-Karen Pallansch, CEO, Alexandria Renew Enterprises

-Mayor John Dickert, City of Racine

Finance & Markets: New directions in water finance

Chair: Debra Coy, Principal, Svanda & Coy Consulting

-Brandon Freiman, Director, Energy & Infrastructure, KKR

-Chris Taylor, Executive Director, West Coast Infrastructure Exchange

-Steve Zoota, Managing Director, Hydro Capital Corporation

-Peter A Luchetti, Partner, Table Rock Capital LLC

What does business want from water?

Chair: Susan Fernandes, Director - Water Synergy Project, USBCSD

-Jennifer Gerholdt, Director, Environmental Innovation, Business Civic Leadership Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

-Snehal Desai, Global Business Director, Dow Water & Process Solutions

-Joseph Miller, General Manager, Duke Energy

-Jonathan Radtke, Water Sustainability Program Director, The Coca-Cola Company

Where is the money moving to?

Chair: Andy Seidel, CEO, Underground Solutions

-Rafael Simon, Venture Partner, Vantage Point Venture Capital Partners

-Jud Hill, Managing Director, NGP Global Adaptation Partners

-David L. Rose, Senior Vice President - Water and Renewable Energy Solutions, Wedbush Securities Inc.

-Douglas Brown, Operating Partner, Elements Partners

Delivering performance

Chair: Michael Sullivan, Global Manager, IBM Smarter Water Management Solutions

-Dax Blake, Administrator, The Division of Sewerage and Drainage, Columbus, Ohio

-Lisa Downes, North America Regional Initiative Coordinator, Alliance for Water Stewardship

-Scott Haskins, Director of Technology, Quality and Innovation, CH2M HILL

-Jim Good, Interim Executive Director, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

-Bruce Howard, President, Americas Government & Infrastructure, MWH Global

Growth markets in the recovery

Chair: Steve Maxwell, Managing Director, TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group

-Rick Danielson, Laboratory Director, BioVir Laboratories

-Todd Williams, Global Residuals Resource Recovery Technology Leader, CH2M HILL

-Kevin France, Partner, Regenesis Management Group

-Anupam Bhargava, CEO, Clearwater Systems Corp.

-Jay Jensen, Associate Director for Land & Water Ecosystems, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) - Green Infrastructure

Mayors' Panel: Water is a local issue

Chair: Kathy Shandling, Executive Director, International Private Water Association

-Mayor Gregory Ballard, City of Indianapolis, Indiana

-Mayor Jerry Willey, City of Hillsboro, Oregon

-Mayor Mark Burroughs, City of Denton, Texas

-Mayor Joy Cooper, Hallandale Beach, Florida

-Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Village of Hempstead, New York

Water Leaders Session

Chair: Dan McCarthy, Principal, Dan McCarthy Consulting LLC

-Julius Ciaccia, Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

-Jeff Theerman, VP and Senior Utility Consultant, Brown and Caldwell

-Thomas Frederick, Executive Director, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority

-Bertrand Camus, CEO, United Water

Bringing money into the water sector

Chair: Dr. Upmanu Lall, Director of the Columbia Water Center, Columbia University

-Patricia Mulroy, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD)

-Tom Sigmund, Executive Director, New Water

-Sharlene Leurig, Senior Manager, Water Program, Ceres

-Nat Paynter, Vice President - Strategic Partnerships, Safe Water Network

-Albert Cho, Vice President - Strategy & Business Development, Xylem

Water for energy

Chair: Heiner Markhoff, CEO, GE Water

-Michael Hightower, Water for Energy Project Lead, Sandia National Laboratories

-Ryan O.Thomas, Conceptual Engineering Manager - Environmental Strategic Planning, Southern Company Generation

-Vladimir Fedotov, Principal Concept Engineer, Shell

-Robert Bailey, President of the Water Business Group, CH2M HILL

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