The Undiluted Cost of Energy and Water

June 25, 2015 @ 8:15 am – 4:00 pm
Engineering Centers Building, Rm 1003 Tong Auditorium.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1550 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706
$50 for on-site attendance. See other options below.
Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait (Sam)


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  8:15 – 8:30 


 8:30 – 9:30

Keynote:  Slide Show:  Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency

9:30 – 9:45

The State of our State

vesperman powerpoint Kevin Vesperman, Administrator, DOA – Division of Energy Services: New and upcoming requirements for clean water and storm water in Wisconsin.

The Role of Water and Energy

Slide Show:  Victoria Pebbles, Program Director, Great Lakes Commission:  A regional understanding of the water/energy relationship.

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:45

From Rainfall to Outfall and the Embedded Costs to Fill Your Glass

Harrington powerpoint Greg Harrington, UW Madison Professor: The energy costs associated with moving, treating, metering, and removing water all to result in a glass of clean water.

11:45 – 12:15 Lunch

 12:15 – 12:30

The Drivers of Change in Water Rates

jeff stone powerpoint Jeff Stone, Division Administrator for Water Compliance and Consumer Affairs, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

12:30 – 1:00

Water Efficiency in the 21st Century—Wisconsin’s efforts to use our resource wisely

denise schmidt powerpoint  Denise Schmidt, Water Conservation Coordinator Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

1:00 – 1:15 Break

 1:15 – 2:30

The Municipal’s Role—A Panel Discussion

Each speaker can have up to 15 minutes.  This will be followed by open discussion.

  • bielanski powerpoint  Andy Bielanski, EPA — Resiliency (and security) and the need for re-thinking our water infrastructure
  • Robin Schmidt powerpoint presentation  Robin Schmidt, DNR — Green Project Financial Support from the DNR/EPA and help for smaller system programs
  • Lawrie Kobza, Boardman and Clark, LLP—Best techniques for capital planning

Case Study Panel

Mike Davis powerpoint Mike Davis, Middleton City Administrator.  New rates to incorporate costs associated with an innovative water conservation program 

3:15 – 4:00

A Water Utility Prepared for the Future

heikkinen powerpoint Tom Heikkinen, General Manager, Madison Water Utility

  • New Meters, Rates, and Conservation
    • Water Infrastructure – What’s in the Pipeline

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