Innovation in Rialto

How a microgrid is building resilience into a city's wastewater treatment plant

October 28, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PDT

About this webinar

Growing numbers of climate change-linked natural disasters, such as heat waves and wildfires, are leading to widespread power outages and brownouts. A city power supply disruption can be catastrophic. This makes energy resilience more important than ever, and it is especially pertinent for wastewater treatment plants.

In Rialto, California, a first-of-a-kind microgrid installation will equip its wastewater treatment system with energy independence, resilience, and efficiency.

Join this webinar to hear from key players in the development of this project, including Deborah Robertson, Mayor of Rialto, Peter Luchetti, Managing Partner at Table Rock, and Joe Tackett, SVP at Veolia North America.

What to expect

  • Hear from Deborah Robertson, Mayor of Rialto, talk about the origins of the project, its challenges, and benefits to the city, including savings of $300,000 a year in energy costs.
  • Learn from Peter Luchetti, Managing Partner at Table Rock, who will detail how his organization helped Rialto implement this unique operational and financial structure.
  • Discover how the desire to protect critical ecosystems for a local endangered species played a role in the project.

This event is a Side Event of the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF). WCEF Side Events present circular economy solutions from around the globe and attract an international audience. They address specific topics related to the circular economy and the role circularity plays in the economies of the future, as well as in the fight against climate change and the biodiversity crisis.


About our speakers

Deborah Robertson serves as the Mayor of the City of Rialto, elected in November 2012. Under her tenure as mayor, Rialto has fortified its economic future at a time when many cities in California are experiencing serious financial problems. Economic growth is up, the passage of initiatives such as Measure U have created millions of dollars in additional revenue streams, and Rialto is at the forefront of public-private opportunities.

Peter Luchetti serves as TRC's Managing Partner and was appointed by Governor Brown to Vice-Chair of the California Infrastructure Bank where he currently serves. Luchetti led Table Rock in structuring, financing, negotiating, and closing the 30-year Rialto Water and Wastewater Concession, a breakthrough in California infrastructure delivery.

Joe Tackett serves as the Senior Vice President for Veolia North America. His responsibilities include leadership and management of the municipal water group across the Central and West regions and Canada. Before joining Veolia, Joe was in various leadership roles with over 25 years of contract operations, regulated business, and department of defense contracts. Joe is a Marine Corps veteran who also attended Vincennes University in their Criminal Justice Program.

Deborah Robertson

Deborah Robertson
Mayor, City of Rialto

Peter Luchetii

Peter Luchetti
Managing Partner, Table Rock

Joe Tackett

Joe Tackett
SVP, Veolia North America