February 2018 Print

President's Message

 

 

Greetings – February 2018

AEE-NE kicked off the new-year successfully with our annual Energy Outlook Forum.  This meeting filled early and was, as always, fully attended. Registration had to be shut down in advance, as we approached the maximum allowable attendance of 110.  Our speakers provided insight into the natural gas and LNG future in the US and a high level overview of the New England energy landscape ahead, with added focus on incentives and the growing renewable and efficiency technology markets.

The Outlook meeting presentations are available on our website at the Past Meeting Handout page.  I want to again thank Raytheon for hosting the forum at their Waltham facility, and especially Dave Chamberlin, Principal Energy Engineer at Raytheon, for his continuing commitment to out organization.   His work is invaluable to AEE-NE.  Also special thanks to Rich Costello, Steve Murphy, Kathy Stanley and John Maw for the outstanding planning and organization. 

Our February meeting promises to be equally compelling.   Environmental events have dramatically highlighted an increasing need for resilience and reliability of equipment and utility delivery systems in both the public and private sectors.   Please join us to learn more about what the future might demand for “Practical Resilience.”  We will hear three presentations and perspectives from the academic, state and private sectors.  This meeting will take our typical format and you can register online now at our website

The call for AEE award nominations is out!  This year’s applications will be very quick and simple to submit, and will be reviewed and judged by AEE National for all levels of recognition simultaneously:  Local, regional and international awards.  Nominations are due February 20th, and the form has been highly simplified.  If there are any special projects or people you feel are worthy of special recognition, please go to http://aeenewengland.org/Awards.

Finally, the GLOBALCON Expo, AEE’s International’s premier event, is coming back to Boston on March 21-22, and our chapter sponsors will receive a $300 discount on exhibitor fees, which largely cover our Silver sponsorship price.  If you plan to exhibit, please contact me at chris.pimentel@powersmiths.com for the sponsorship discount.

Registration for the conference is now open a http://www.globalconevent.com/attend!!  The Mass Secretary of Environment and Energy, Matt Beaton will open the program while four of our own AEE-NE Board Members will be leading topic tracks.  Many of our membership will be speaking and/or hosting sessions as well, but perhaps most exciting, for me personally, Paul Pimentel will be keynote speaker at the Chapter luncheon on March 22nd at noon.  Mr. Pimentel founded Pequod Associates, Inc. in 1977, pioneering the energy and water use efficiency space and is now considered one of the world’s foremost experts in the field.  Mr Pimentel has been Senior Vice President of Engineering at NORESCO since it was merged with Pequod in around 1998 by ERI.  In addition, Paul has, over the past decade or so, privately promoted energy independence for the island of Martha’s Vineyard, driving Vineyard Power, a highly innovative community owned 501(c)12, energy cooperative, the discussion and examples of which will occupy much of Mr. Pimentel’s presentation.  

As we are well into the new year at this point, I hope everyone has a productive, profitable, sustainable, and healthy 2018!

Chris Pimentel

AEE-NE Chapter President

 

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Meeting Description

 

February 2018 Meeting

Practical Resiliency

Environmental events have dramatically highlighted an increasing need for resilience and reliability of equipment and utility delivery systems in both the public and private sectors. Please join us to learn more about what the future might demand for “Practical Resilience.” We will hear three presentations and perspectives from the academic, state and private sectors. This meeting will take our typical format. 

 

 

 

 

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Future Meetings

 

Month

Date

Venue

Meeting Topic

February

2/7/2018

Embassy Suites – 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

Practical Resiliency

March

3/7/2018

Embassy Suites – 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

AEE/ASHRAE Joint Meeting

March

21st-22nd

GLOBALCON 2018 Conference & Expo

Hynes Convention Center, Boston

April

4/4/2018

Embassy Suites - 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

Cyber Energy Audits

May

5/2/2018

Facility Tour:  Fort Devens

Facility Tour Fort Devens

June

TBD

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

Annual AEE New England Golf Tournament

 

 


 

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Upcoming Events

 

February 2018 Events & Energy Connections

  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

http://www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/energy-efficiency/

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),

http://www.ma-eeac.org/

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

http://www.masscec.com/

Check out these events at http://www.masscec.com/events/month

  • Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

http://www.energy.ri.gov/index.php

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

http://www.rieermc.ri.gov/

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

http://www.efficiencymaine.com

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

http://www.raabassociates.org/main/roundtable.asp.

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)

http://www.necanews.org/events/event_details.asp?id=427742

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

http://www.gbreb.com/boma/

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

http://www.ifmaboston.org/

  • ASHRAE Boston Chapter

http://www.ashraeboston.org

  • USGBC Massachusetts Chapter

www.usgbcma.org

Lots of great event left in December - visit =>  http://usgbcma.org/events/month

  • IBPSA Boston Chapter

http://ibpsa-boston.com

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

http://www.afechapter33.org/

  • AFE Chapter 74: Monthly Meeting

Date: April 21st

Topic:  Wachusett Brewery Tour - Westminster, MA

http://afe74.org/

 

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