WEEC 2011 Energy Summit wraps up in Chicago
October 20, 2011 - Environmental advocates T. Boone Pickens and Alexandra Cousteau keynoted the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) conference, which ran from October 12-14 in Chicago, Ill., and addressed industry growth, job advancement and energy management and efficiency for building and plant engineers.
By Alyssa Dalton
The job opportunities available in the energy management industry were among the top discussion items, predicted event organizers.
Presented by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a trade association dedicated to energy management, the WEEC is in its 34th year, and is the most important global event for professionals in all areas of the energy field, it described.
More than 250 speakers were slated to present on the latest energy industry trends, said organizers, including T. Boone Pickens–founder and chairman of BP Capital Management, an energy-oriented investment firms.
“WEEC will be a benefit to building and engineering professionals who strive to help reduce operating costs and improve their companies’ bottom lines,” said Albert Thumann, P.E., C.E.M., AEE’s founder and executive director. “Everyone is affected by energy efficiency; it’s our job to make sure that we are communicating as much as we can to change the future now.”
He noted that according to a recent AEE survey, nearly three-fourths of executives indicated a need for training and hiring strategies to meet growing demands for green collar jobs.
“With job creation being a hot a topic on the federal agenda,” he added, “smart companies and professionals are looking to AEE for ways to develop an alternative energy strategy and make their buildings and plants more energy efficient.”