April 2018 Print

President's Message



Greetings – April 2018

AEE-NE had a tough month between February and the end of March this year.  Our website was held hostage by Earthlink for about three weeks, while being ported to another hosting company, and only last minute notices went out for our March meeting.  Fortunately, March was our annual joint meeting with ASHRAE, and the room was filled almost to capacity regardless. 

Because of the same hosting issue, we were also unable to send out our monthly Newsletter last month.  That’s unfortunate, because our February meeting on Practical Resilience, I thought, was fantastic.  Dr. Richard Palmer outlined what the various climate change models are forecasting, and provided a disturbing picture of what we can expect for the future.  Amy Benoit of 24 Services provided some insight on impacts they’re seeing in the field, Fran Boucher very concisely and poignantly shared the impressive advances demonstrated by the “Passive House” system, and Steve Lafaille shared how Tecogen, paired with battery storage, is very efficiently contributing to on-site generation and resiliency.  These Outlook presentations will be available on our website at the Past Meeting Handout page.

We also had some scheduling conflicts in March, forcing us to push our April meeting to Wednesday, April 18th;  please make note.  This meeting, though a little later in the month, should be very interesting and, though still experimental, could prove critical for some:  New audio video technology is enabling leading experts to audit facilities around the world, making sure each project gets expert attention while limiting billable, higher cost hours and lowering travel costs.  Ray Delio will talk about how R.P. Delio & Co has leveraged this new technology and community of experts to improve audits and implementation. 

Finally, in March, the first day of GLOBALCON met with forecasts of a crippling storm that would last into the second and last day of AEE’s annual flag ship event.  This almost certainly impacted attendance significantly. 

Though Shakespeare rightly warned we beware the Ides of March, there was one or two rays of light last month.  GLOBALCON, despite loud warnings of 12+ inches, was fairly well attended, esp. considering the weather.  In addition, the Chapter Luncheon presentation was filled nearly to capacity and the speaker, Paul Pimentel, proved as impressive as he promised.  He outlined what he’s accomplished with Vineyard Power and fairly demonstrated where utilities should be heading, and the challenges they are likely to both face and pose, stressing the need for the AEE membership to press regulators for change.  This event was particularly special to me, as I was able to introduce my father, a pioneer in the field. 

Please note that the May meeting will include a tour of Fort Devens, in Devens MA on May 9th.  We will be lunching in a mock forward operating base, taking a soldiers meal and experiencing what it might be like to be stationed on the front line.  All experimental innovations are tested at this mock up station before they are implemented on the ground and we will get to see how energy is generated and sparingly used at these bases.  In addition, we will get to see how Devens, also a municipality run by the State, is efficiently operating.  Their governing structure is very interesting, and allows for fast and efficient implementation of proven innovations.  Seats are limited so don’t wait to register.  We expect this to fill up fast!!

I hope to see everyone this and next month, and wish you a productive, profitable, sustainable, and healthy 2018!


Chris Pimentel

AEE-NE Chapter President


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Meeting Description


April 2018 Meeting

Come learn how new audio video technology in enabling leading experts to audit facilities from around the world. Making sure each facility gets the expert attention it deserves, while lowering travel costs. Come hear from Ray Delio, on how they have leverage this new technology and a community of experts to improve audits, and implementation.

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Future Meetings





Meeting Topic



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


April 2018 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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Solar Goes Corporate

April 26th - 27th, 2018
Boston, MA - Boston Park Plaza
Networking Reception 5:30-7:30pm April 26 & Conference 8:00am-5:00pm April 27


Click-to-Tweet: Join us at #SolarGoesCorporate w/@SEIA in Boston April 26-27 to share best practices and evaluate the range of onsite and offsite #solar and storage solutions available to companies of all sizes. Early bird registration ends Friday 3/23! #SEIASGC https://seia.us/2BAzXrE



2018 Golf Outing Sponsorship Opportunities

The AEE-NE 18th Annual Golf Outing will be on June 13, 2018 at the Shaker Hills Country Club in Harvard, MA.  This fundraiser is a well-deserved day away from the office for co-workers, colleagues and customers.  Proceeds help our training and educational mission for energy engineers including supporting Student Chapters and Scholarships.

Details and sign-ups for the Golf Outing, Sponsorship Packages, contests, food, and registration are on the AEE-NE Chapter website at www.aeenewengland.org.  

There are several ways your company may choose to sponsor this worthwhile event:

Platinum Sponsor.  This is the Premier sponsorship that includes four foursomes (16 players) who get premium placement on Holes 1 & 2 for the starting tees.  In addition, the Platinum Sponsor receives exposure throughout the event including two Hole Sponsorships and at the Raffle and the Awards Dinner. Cost: $3,750

  • President’s Package.  This includes two foursomes and additional recognition on Hole Sponsor signs and other promotional materials. Cost: $1,500
  • Hole-in-One Contest Sponsor. The Hole-In-One Contest sponsorship includes one foursome, plus prominent signage on all four Par 3 holes each of which will have H-I-O contests.  Top Prize if a H-I-O is made will be $20,000 cash, with other hole prizes for Weekend Resort Getaways.                                Cost:  $1,250  
  • Hole Sponsors: Company name and logo on a sign at a tee box. Cost: $150
  • Foursomes:  Four players; includes greens fee, 3 meals & gift bags. Cost: $800 

In addition to the sponsorship fees, we also encourage Sponsors to donate prize items for the raffle.  All donations will be acknowledged at the Outing and at the Awards Dinner.

Contact Sam Nutter with questions (samueljnutter@hotmail) or simply go to the website to make your reservations online.  We look forward to seeing you at this memorable event. 


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