September 2017 Print

President's Message


Greetings – September 2017

On Sunday night I walked out to a clear, dry, and cool sky that announced to me, fall was here.  And, as most readers know, fall traditionally brings with it a renewed set of activities hosted by the Association of Energy Engineers–NE.  Another year of outstanding programs have been planned around the most relevant topics in our field, and we are looking forward to delivering an outstanding agenda this year for our members, sponsors, and friends.

We ended last year on a high note with what many are saying was our best annual AEE Golf Tournament in recent history.  Virtually all of the credit for that goes to Sam Nutter (especially), Joe Hall, John Maw and Mother Nature, who provided us with a glorious day.  Special thanks to them and all the others that made it possible. 

Our opening September 6th meeting will focus on solar commissioning practices and incentives. Greg Hall, a senior policy analyst with Cadmus, will present an overview of the next round of solar incentives in MA and Chris Houtz, a senior analyst, also with Cadmus, and a qualified PV inspector, will outline best practices for commissioning PV systems and discuss installation code issues to take special care of.

Also, mark your calendars for March 21–22, 2018, as GLOBALCON is coming to Boston’s Hynes Convention Center! The GLOBALCON Expo is AEE International’s premier event and AEE-NE Sponsors will be offered discount pricing!  Details to follow at the website. 

Thank you all once again for making the New England Chapter one of the most active and vibrant in the country.   As always, please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or ideas on how we can make it even better!  In the mean time, I hope summer peaks back around the corner this Labor Day and that you all enjoy the final days of summer.   



Chris Pimentel

AEE-NE Chapter President

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Meeting Description

September 2017 AEE/BCA Joint Meeting - PV Incentives & Commissioning


Next Generation of Solar Incentives

Greg Hall will present an overview of the next generation of solar incentives in Massachusetts. As the SREC-II program sunsets, the Commonwealth beckons in the SMART Program, a tariff-based structure set to begin in the spring of 2018. How will it affect investment, project diversity, and commissioning? Greg will breakdown the program’s aims and their potential consequences.

 Best Practices for Commissioning Photovoltaic Systems

Chris Houtz will present best practices for commissioning PV systems as well as common installation and code violation issues identified during thousands of Cadmus’ PV system installation inspections for statewide incentive programs throughout the northeast. 

 About the Speakers

Greg Hall

As a senior policy analyst with Cadmus, Greg Hall has worked at the forefront of solar program design and administration. As a leading resource on solar incentive policy in the northeast, Mr. Hall works with renewable energy stakeholders on solving complex programmatic and economic challenges associated with the rapid growth of distributed renewable energy. With a keen eye towards the growing overlap between state policy and emerging clean energy technology, his passion lies in a pragmatic approach to a brighter, and cleaner, energy future.


Chris Houtz

Chris Houtz, a senior analyst with Cadmus, is a qualified PV inspector. Chris studied Environmental Science at Plattsburgh State University and is a licensed electrician with over 10 years of experience in the field. He has performed PV system field tasks such as: site survey, shade analysis and reporting, roof mounted array installation, ground mounted array installation, installation of electrical equipment and conductors, project oversite, commissioning and quality control. 


$55.00 Member Ticket
$45.00 Earlybird rate before September 4

$55.00 Guest Ticket (non-AEE Members)
$50.00 Earlybird rate before September 4




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Future Meetings




A full list will be provided in October!    




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Upcoming Events


September 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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