29 July 2013 — AECOM has been contracted by Sydney Water to help increase renewable energy generation from Sydney’s wastewater treatment plants, transforming them into energy and nutrient recovery systems.

Over the next five years, AECOM’s Energy Consulting Services program will also work together with Schneider Electric Professional Services (formerly M&C Energy Group) to reduce energy use in wastewater and pumping systems through new technologies and optimised performance.

AECOM chief executive, Australia New Zealand, Michael Batchelor said Sydney Water was leading the way for other Australian utilities to respond to the pressures of population growth, rising energy costs, capital constraints, ageing assets, increased performance standards and expanding customer markets.

“Sydney Water is examining options to lower its costs by further reducing energy use and by increasing renewable energy generation in areas such as biogas, hydro kinetic systems, waste heat and, perhaps in future, other new energy sources,” said Mr Batchelor.

“By leveraging smarter systems and new technologies – such as microbubble technology – this program will be an important step forward in achieving efficiencies which will ultimately benefit consumers.”