December 2017 Print

President's Message


Greetings – December 2017

November was an exciting month for AEE-NE.  The Board decided, after some debate, to give deserved attention to the “Explosive Market Growth and Extreme Energy Intensity” in the emerging Massachusetts cannabis industry.  This meeting sold out early, and for good reason:  The energy requirements for these facilities are both fascinating and extreme.  Thanks again to Fran Boucher for both organizing the meeting and leading discussions.  It was outstanding and feedback has lead us to consider a springtime Round Table to dive even deeper into the details.  If anyone has space to host this meeting, and is interested in doing so, please let us know. 

At the 2017 WEEC, AEE’s premiere conference held in Atlanta this year, Boston Properties of Massachusetts won Region 1 Project of the Year for their 200 Clarendon EMS & 5-yr Retro-Commissioning project.  Congratulations to them!  While AEE-NE was representing the chapter at WEEC, and congratulating Boston Properties, we were rewarded with the opportunity to meet the recipient of AEE-NE’s travel sponsorship.  

Freda Nyambura, a young energy engineer and AEE member from Nairobi’s Kenya Electricity Generating Co., was able to travel to Atlanta for WEEC, thanks to our chapter’s travel sponsorship donation.  From her own words, Freda, “always hoped to attend WEEC from my days as an energy engineering student…….The congress has improved my analysis of the energy mix we have in the country and, as well, has made me view the resources we hope to explore differently.”  I was moved by much of what Freda had to share and after talking, can’t imagine a better way to use the funding we made available.   

Lastly, but not least, our AEE-NE Round Table on energy storage, organized by Kathy Stanley, at ClearResult in Westborough was sold out and, in my personal opinion, was one of, if not the best meeting AEE-NE has put on since I can remember.  I will be applying for a “Best Meeting” award from National next year.  For those that have never attended an AEE-NE Technical Roundtable, we typically do these during normal work hours, have a panel of experts, and schedule sufficient time to dive deep into technical details and Q&A. These are held at donated facility spaces to keep down the costs. If you have a large meeting space and/or a facility that would be of interest to the AEE-NE membership and you would like to host a future Technical Roundtable please let someone on the AEE-NE Board know.

As you can see, November was indeed a jam packed, high energy month for AEE-NE. Please help us try to keep that going into December by registering early for the “Emerging Technologies” meeting.  The last meeting of 2017 will be held December 6th at Embassy Suites in Waltham, under our traditional evening format, which includes networking, dinner and a formal presentation from Bryan Jungers. 

Mr. Jungers conducts research on integrated, emerging, and resource-efficient technologies and will outline what’s new, exciting and promising in the marketplace for us.  He has a long and illustrious career in energy engineering research and is currently Lead Analyst for the Technology Assessment Research Practice at E Source.  I’ve heard from others that have seen Mr. Jungners before that he is outstanding, which has lead us to aggressively pursue him for the topic….so don’t miss it!  

As we enter the holiday season, and the inevitable cold and snowy weather fall upon us, I hope everyone finishes 2017 on an up-note and gets time to spend with family and friends.  Safe and happy holidays!


Chris Pimentel

AEE NE Chapter President

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Meeting Description

December 6, 2017 Meeting

Emerging Technologies

Join AEE New England and Bryan Jungers of E Source in learning about commercial-ready building and HVAC controls technologies that have been proven to provide significant energy and demand savings for commercial and industrial utility customers. 




Bryan conducts research on integrated, emerging, and resource-efficient technologies. His main areas of expertise lie in cannabis cultivation, electric vehicles, energy storage, distributed generation, microgrids, and renewable power systems. He has more than 15 years professional and academic experience as an energy engineer, researcher, and analyst for E Source, Manifest Mind, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the California Energy Commission (CEC), the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) and Humboldt State University (HSU). Bryan worked as both a research manager and product manager at E Source before entering his current role as a Lead Analyst for the Technology Assessment research practice. Bryan received a BS degree in environmental resources engineering from HSU and an MS degree in civil and environmental engineering from UC Davis.





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Future Meetings





Meeting Topic



Embassy Suites - 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

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



GLOBALCON 2018 Conference & Expo

Hynes Convention Center, Boston



Embassy Suites - 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

Cyber Energy Audits



Facility Tour:  Fort Devens

Facility Tour Fort Devens



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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