March 2017 Print

President's Message


Greetings – March 2017

AEE-NE February meeting on Demand Management and Demand Response was well attended and highly informative.   Paul Wassink and Joe Gatto presented details on  demand response plans, why they’re important, available programs and how those programs are being implemented in commercial and industrial facilities. The presentations are available on our website at the Past Meeting Handout page.  Special thanks to our Vice President, Paul Wassink, for pulling this meeting together in a fairly short time frame. 

March 1st will be our annual joint ASHRAE / AEE-NE meeting.  Please join us for a look into the Utility of the Future.  Carlos Nouel, Vice President of New Energy Solutions at National Grid will share his vision for the future and how Grid is preparing for the wave of change on the horizon.  It should not only prove very interesting, but also valuable in planning for future business.  You can register as usual at our website:

Call For Award Nominations:

AEE NE is restructuring its awards program this year.  To increase the value of the award application we have aligned our awards with AEE National.  This means a single nomination/application (found at the link below) will be submitted to AEE for recognition at the local, regional and international levels.  By following the link below to National’s nomination form, and the fairly simple nomination process, your application will be shared with AEE NE, for us to judge.  It will also be assessed by National for regional and International recognition. This substantially increases the number of awards granted by the local chapter and creates an excellent opportunity to publicize outstanding efforts to a much larger audience. 

In order to effect this change we are moving our Awards Night to the fall, starting this year, to better align with the National schedule.  This year, however, AEE National's deadline for awards is February 20th.  

Because the deadline for the National application is virtually upon us, applicants can either submit by 2/20, and be eligible for Regional, International, and Local recognition or submit after 2/20 (but before 6/15) and be eligible for local consideration only.  The application process is very straightforward, and offers an opportunity to upload documents you may have already prepared, so I would encourage you to get your applications in next week.  The link to the application is below:

Finally, registration is open for GLOBALCON 2017 at Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA, March 22-23, 2017.  The GLOBALCON Expo is AEE International’s premier event.  To register go to:

As we are well into the new year at this point, I hope everyone has a productive, profitable, sustainable, and healthy 2017!


Chris Pimentel

AEE-NE Chapter President

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Meeting Description

Utility of the Future

There is a revolution in the utility industry underway so be sure to attend our February program that will provide an overview of what the “Utility of the Future” may look like.  The growth in a variety of distributed technologies including solar, energy storage, and wind supported by advanced electronics and control devices has allowed regulators and utility owners to consider new business models. 

These models will have to take into consideration the existing centralized infrastructure with the growing use of distributed resources.  One of the common denominators in the debate over how to structure the business going forward is who pays (and how much) for the existing assets used to deliver electricity as the traditional regulatory models need to be reevaluated.

Our guest speaker will be Carlos Nouel National Grid’s Vice President of New Energy Solutions.  Carlos will review how National Grid is preparing for the wave of change that is on the horizon for utilities, third party stakeholders and their customers.    



Carlos Nouel is the Leader of National Grid’s New Energy Solutions (NES) team. NES is an agile team focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and technologies that unlock value for National Grid’s customers and communities and accelerate progress towards a sustainable future.

Before becoming its leader, Carlos was the Director of Partnerships for the NES team. In that role, he was responsible for identifying customer’s energy needs and determining the most comprehensive, cost effective and sustainable strategies to fulfill those needs through the creation of innovative partnerships and alliances with key industry players. In addition, he also leads the development and execution of strategies and tactics for our smart grid programs.  Before coming to New Energy Solutions, Carlos developed sourcing strategies to support all the requirements for National Grid’s energy efficiency portfolio valued at $400m per year.

Prior to joining National Grid, Carlos worked for companies such as Pfizer, British American Tobacco, IBM and AES in the supply chain area.  Carlos holds an M.B.A. from Hult International Business School, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela.  He is also a Certified Energy Manager.

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Future Meetings




Utility of the Future

March 1st

Embassy Suites - Waltham

Energy New England April 12th Sheraton Hotel & Conference Ct. - Norwood
AEE NE Energy Project Awards May 3rd Embassy Suites - Waltham
17th Annual AEE NE Golf Tournament June 8th Shaker Hills CC




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Upcoming Events


March 2017 Events & Energy Connections

  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

This agency oversees all the efficiency and renewable energy programs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Their website has much information on programs, grants, and policy developments that impact our industry.

  • Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (MA EEAC),

The EEAC works with the MA utilities and Program Administrators to establish and oversee the goals and  budgets of the MA energy efficiency programs.

  • Clean Energy Center – Clean Energy and Affordable Housing Symposium and Expo

Check out these events at

  • Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Register for email notifications of upcoming events-

This agency oversees all the efficiency and renewable energy programs in Rhode Island.  Their website has much information on programs, grants, and policy developments that impact our industry.

  • Rhode Island Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council

The RIEE&RMC works with National Grid (the only RI utility) and other stakeholders to establish and oversee the goals and budgets of the RI energy efficiency programs.

  • Efficiency Maine

This is the statewide energy efficiency agency for Maine that offers rebates, incentives, and other programs for businesses and consumers. Their website also has information about trainings and links to other resources.

  • Restructuring Roundtable

The Restructuring Roundtable is held 5-6 times per year and presents current topics related to energy efficiency, energy supply, renewable, and public policies.  These events are free to the Roundtable Sponsors but require a fee for the general public. Everyone must preregister. Online streaming is also available.

  •   Northeast Commerce and Energy Association (NECA)

NECA promotes environmentally sound, reliable and cost-effective wholesale and retail markets for the production and delivery of electric power supply, as well as competing energy services and resource alternatives, including conservation, innovative demand-side and power delivery technologies, renewable energy and distributed generation.

  • Affordable Comfort Institute (ACI)  offers the industry's leading educational events and trade shows in partnership with the nation's leading experts in home performance and weatherization.

  •  BOMA Boston Chapter

BOMA Boston was founded in 1917 and represents commercial real estate professionals in Greater Boston who own, manage or service the established and developing real estate environment. BOMA Boston has over 670 members representing over 100,500,000 square feet of real estate in the Boston area.

There were No Events listed at the time of submission for Publication for the below organizations:

  • IFMA™ Boston Chapter

  • ASHRAE Boston Chapter

  • USGBC Massachusetts Chapter

Lots of great event left in December - visit =>

  • IBPSA Boston Chapter

IBPSA-Boston exists to advance and promote the science of building performance simulation in order to improve new and existing building worldwide. It also seeks to act as a forum and a resource for those interested in performing and utilizing building simulation services

  • AFE Chapter 33: Monthly Meeting

  • AFE Chapter 74: Monthly Meeting

Date: April 21st

Topic:  Wachusett Brewery Tour - Westminster, MA


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AEE New England Offers CEM Training Course

AEE is offering to its membership and the public, the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) training course and certification examination. The CEM course is an intensive four and a half day seminar designed as a preparatory vehicle for the CEM examination. The course offers a thorough review of the basics of efficiency improvement as it relates to electrical, utility, building and combustion systems. It is the ideal refresher course for energy managers who want to “brush up on the basics” as well as for those seeking an additional method of preparation for the examination.

The CEM course will be held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, April 10th through the 14th, 2017, with the exam on the last day.

The cost of the course and examination is $1,950 ($1,895 for Chapter Sponsors, please inquire on how to receive discount), which includes breakfast and lunch for the five days as well as a comprehensive workbook.  The course will be held at the Siemens, 85 John Road, Canton, MA 02021. Please note that the seminar is priced well below the traditional AEE sponsored program.

Please visit our website at for a AEE New England Chapter CEM Training Course Application Form which must be filled out and turned in order to attend the class.

You will also find the National AEE CEM Application Form, which is intensive and will have to be filled out eventually in order to receive your CEM Certification once you have taken the training course, passed the test, and meet all of the other required criteria.

For more information please see our website. For payment questions contact Brian Crafts at For questions relative to the course contact Richard Costello of Acela Energy Group


$1,950.00 5 Day CEM Training & Exam (price includes meals & study workbook)

$1,950.00 AEE-NE Chapter Sponsor Discounted Registration ($55 discount will be applied after entering the Coupon Code)

Energy Show

Attention all energy managers, energy service companies, facilities management and professionals:


AEE-NE Energy Marketplace Conference, "Energy New England" 

Featuring: Six Workshops, Exhibits, and a Cocktail Reception & Dinner

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

3PM - 8PM

The Four Points Sheraton in Norwood, MA

AEE-NE invites you to attend the 2017 AEE-NE Energy Marketplace Conference, "Energy New England" to be held April 12, 2017 from 3PM - 8PM at The Four Points Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Norwood, MA.

This year's conference will feature exhibitors from the region's leading energy service companies and workshops on the latest topics and solutions for energy in New England. Also enjoy a cocktail reception (with cash bar) and dinner. Save the date of April 12th and join us for this tremendous networking opportunity! We look forward to seeing you there.

Price for AEE Members and Guests: $65

ADMISSION: Includes entry to the Exhibit floor, attendance to any of the 6 breakout sessions (Continuing Education Units [CEUs] to be offered at each session), cocktail reception (cash bar), and dinner.

WORKSHOPS: Active AEE New England sponsors may apply to present in one of our six workshops. All presentations must be technical in nature in order to qualify for CEU credits. If you are an active sponsor and are interested in presenting, please contact us at

No additional fee or pre-registration required. Sessions will run two at a time.

EXHIBITS: All active AEE New England sponsors are permitted one (1) free table to exhibit for the conference. If you are interested in exhibiting at the trade show, please contact us at

Click here for more information!


24th Annual New England Energy Conference and Exposition

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9 & 10, 2017

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, Groton, Connecticut

Conference Website:


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