November 2017 Print

President's Message


Greetings – November 2017

The AEE NE October 11th Utility Bill Deep Dive meeting was highly engaging and well attended, with over 50 participants. Jim Bride, from Energy Tariff Experts, a utility rates, tariffs, and deregulated energy markets consultant, provided an in-depth overview of utility rate structures and their impact on facility operations and procurement decisions.  The comprehensive presentation and dialog, in the course of a very tasty three course dinner, made for a great evening.  You can find Mr. Bride’s slide deck at our web site (  It is one I expect to revisit myself. Thanks again to Mr. Bride and to Ron Gillooly for a fantastic job organizing the meeting. 

Next month is very exciting for the Chapter.  We have two November meetings scheduled, both of which we expect to sell out. 

Our November 1st, our regular monthly meeting topic, entitled Cannabis: Explosive Market Growth, Extreme Energy Intensity, is an intriguing and exciting subject, generating high levels of interest throughout the region.  New laws and regulations have allowed for an explosion in this very lucrative market space, which represent fantastic and complex opportunities for cutting edge energy efficiency implementation and innovation.  This meeting promises to be fun, interesting and educational, so please register early at the following link if you’re planning to attend:

In addition to our regular monthly November meeting, AEE NE is sponsoring a Technical Round Table on energy storage, scheduled for November 15th, at CLEAResult in Westborough, from 8:00AM – 12:00PM.  The Round Table meeting topic is titled Energy Storage – Policy, Technology, Application and Economics.  Last year, the Chapter sold out it’s energy storage meeting! Due to the high level of interest, the broad market anticipation and potential impact of the emerging storage technologies, we felt a deep technical dive and market look ahead would serve our membership well.  Again, the topic is timely so we expect this meeting to sell out quickly as well.  If you plan to attend, you can register at

Finally, please consider sponsoring AEE NE to get the $300 exhibitor discount at GLOGABLCON 2018, being held in Boston on March 21-22.  GLOBALCON is AEE’s premier trade show, emphasizing four critical areas of leading edge technology and related services:  Energy management, alternative and onsite generation, lighting and integrated solutions and facility management.  To become a sponsor please see our website at:

With all there is going on we hope to see you at either or both of our exciting November programs, or some of the other great AEE-NE events coming up soon.

Best Regards

Chris Pimentel

AEE-NE Chapter President

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Meeting Description

November 1, 2017 Meeting

Cannabis: Explosive Market Growth, Extreme Energy Intensity

The legal cannabis market in Massachusetts is projected to reach $1.2 billion by 2021.  The race is on for building grow facilities in MA, RI and ME. There are at least 40 grow facilities operating or in construction in New England  with new projects emerging weekly.  Can VT, CT and NH be far behind?  This is a fascinating field that has challenged the best energy engineers with psychometrics and  plant transpiration theory.  Local utilities are on the leading edge of understanding efficiency opportunities for this amazingly complex market.  Our November program will touch on; what  grow facilities looks like, how they operate, energy consumption and energy efficiency (lighting, cooling, dehumidification, CHP).

 About the Speakers


Fran Boucher

Fran Boucher works as an Energy Program Specialist with National Grid and has over 25 years of energy engineering and facilities management experience.  Over the past eight months he has been intensely focused on the opportunities for energy efficiency in the emerging  cannabis sector. He has attended several related conferences and seminars on the topic including the premier MJ Conference in Washington DC. He has delivered trainings and professional presentations on this topic in venues that include; Cannabis World Expo in Boston, New England Real Estate Journal Cannabis Conference and the Boston Society of Architects Summer Study. He has worked with professionals across the county researching this topic, crafting guidelines for utility incentives and reviewing energy savings analysis for numerous growing facility efficiency projects. 

Fred Green


As a consultant to the cannabis industry nationwide, Fred Green, brings a scientific approach to the production of high quality marijuana.  Fred has served a Cultivation Specialist and Director of Operations for several cannabis operators in both the USA and Canada.  With a Master’s Degree in Horticulture from Cornell University, and 35 years as a large scale commercial plant grower and business owner, Fred’s focus is on efficiency – labor, energy, and space utilization – and best production practices in order to maximize profits and minimize risks.  As the industry matures and margins shrink, Fred’s design and operational strategies will ensure continued success for his clients.




AEE Technical Round Table                                      November 15, 2017


CLEAResult Consulting, Inc.

50 Washington Street

Westborough, MA  01581                                                      8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


Energy Storage – Policy, Technology, Application and Economics

Join us for a deep dive discussion of energy storage.  We will be discussing current Energy Storage policy issues  with Will Lauwers from the Mass DOER.  We will also review a current successful energy storage project that is installed and being used by the Sterling Municipal Light Plant.  Please register early as we expect this Technical Round table to sell out! 

8:00 AM        Registration

8:30 – MA DOER, Energy Storage Policy  – Will Lauwers, Director, Emerging Technology

9:15- End User of Storage Technology – Sean Hamilton, General Manager, Sterling Municipal Light Department, Town of Sterling

10:00 Break

10:15-  Grid Scale, Non-Lithium Ion Storage Technology – ViZn Flow Battery Technology – Joshua Rogol, VP Sales, ViZn Energy Systems, Nicole Murphy, Poderco.

11:00- Energy Storage Economics – Joe Crespo, Managing Partner, Genbright LLC

11:45 General Discussion

Parking – Plenty of free parking at this location

Cost:  $15.00 members / $20.00 Guests

Continental Breakfast will be served




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Future Meetings





Meeting Topic



Waltham, MA

Energy Efficient Practices in Cannabis Grow Facilities



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

The Debate Renwables vs. Energy Efficiency



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

  • 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-NE Appreciation Note!

Good morning Chris,
Kindly receive my greatest appreciation for the support you and your team offered me. This congress has been a great learning platform both in the sessions and the talks with fellow energy sector professionals from all over the world. 

I've always hoped to attend WEEC from my days as an energy engineering student. When I applied and got the offer, I was so humbled and I'll forever appreciate. 

My work in summary is the formulation and implementation of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen). KenGen is the state power generating utility. This mainly involves energy economics from a technical angle. In this line, the congress has improved my thought process in the energy mix we have in the country and as well has made me view the resources we hope to explore differently. 

Once again, thank you Chris and team for the great opportunity you accorded me and the great work you are doing. 

Freda Nyambura 


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