October 2017 Print

President's Message


Greetings – October 2017

The September meeting on solar incentives and best commissioning practices was our first joint meeting with the NE Building Commissioning Association.  The meeting was very well attended and generated a great deal of valuable conversation.  Many thanks to the NE-BCA!

We expect October to be equally worthwhile and very well attended. The meeting, entitled “A Deeper Look Inside Your Utility Bills”, will aim to help participants understand how they’re being charged for utilities and to more effectively estimate savings from implementing energy efficiency measures. Misunderstanding utility rates, and making assumptions on energy savings estimates has lead to heartache for many. AEE-NE recognizes utility rates cam be complex and seeks to help clarify where charges come from, when they are assessed and how they are applied.  We expect this meeting to fill up, so get your tickets early this month!

Also, there is a lot going on with AEE National right now:  The WEEC is being held next week in Atlanta from September 27th-29th, with featured guest speaker George W. Bush (http://www.energycongress.com/). 

Perhaps of more interest to our local membership, the GLOBALCON Expo is coming back to Boston this year!!  Our AEE-NE sponsors will receive a $300 exhibitor discount to this flagship show, scheduled for March 21-22, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center.  So when registering as an exhibitor at GLOBALCON make sure to let AEE National know you are an AEE-NE sponsor!

We look forward to a steady schedule of educational meetings this year (as outlined below).  I hope to see each of you at some of the great events we have planned this year, and look forward to seeing many of you at the utility bill deep dive meeting on October 11th.


Chris Pimentel

AEE-NE Chapter President

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Meeting Description

An in Depth Review of Utility Rates – Uncovering Hidden Opportunities for Significant Bill Savings

Imagine the challenge managing multiple facilities throughout the state that fall in different utility jurisdictions and rate classifications?  Understanding one utility rate tariff is difficult enough.  James Bride from Energy Tariff Experts will provide an in depth overview of utility rate structures and how understanding their nuances can uncover hidden opportunities for significant savings.  Our speaker James Bride will help you navigate the complicated world of utility rate structures and their potential impact on how your operate your facility and affect your procurement decisions.


About the Speaker


James Bride

James is an expert in end user utility costs and the founding principle of Energy Tariff Experts, LLC (ETE). James founded ETE as a specialized consultancy focused on utility rates, tariffs, and deregulated energy markets. ETE’s objective is to enable end use customers to make capital efficient decisions related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability informed by accurate cost data. Prior to founding ETE, James worked at EnerNOC and Tetra Tech. James has degrees from Cornell University and Boston College.






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Future Meetings





Meeting Topic



Embassy Suites – 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

BCA/AEE Joint Meeting – Solar Incentives & Commissioning



Embassy Suites – 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

A Deeper Look Inside Your Utility Bills




The Debate Between Renewables vs. Energy Efficiency



CLEAResult – 50 Washington Street, Westborough, MA

Technology Round Table Session




Emerging Technologies in the E.E. Industry



Raytheon – 50 Apple Hill Drive, Tewksbury, MA

Annual Energy Outlook Forum



Embassy Suites – 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

Energy Efficient Practices in Cannabis Grow Facilities



Embassy Suites – 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

AEE/ASHRAE Joint Meeting




Facility Tour – Location TBD



Embassy Suites – 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

Cyber Energy Audits



Shaker Hills Country Club – 146 Shaker Road, Harvard, MA

Annual AEE New England Golf Tournament



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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 http://www.masscec.com/events/month

  • Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources


Register for email notifications of upcoming events- http://www.energy.ri.gov/meetings/

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. http://clickstreamtv.com/raabevents/ 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)

http://www.homeperformance.org/  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 =>  http://usgbcma.org/events/month

  • 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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