February 2020 Print

President's Message


Thanks to everyone who came to the February meeting to learn how the utilities see the future of our industry. 

Our March meeting will dive back into the present. We will learn how and why real customers invest in energy efficiency projects from a diverse set of speakers covering the property management, health care, and manufacturing industries. 

Why do customers really pull the trigger and what contract/construction structure do they use? We all have our own assumptions, but come and hear it directly from the customers. 


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Paul Wassink

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Meeting Description

March 2020 - How and Why Customers Buy Energy Projects and Services

March 4, 2020 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Waltham

March’s joint AEE NE / ASHRAE Boston meeting will offer three customer perspectives on how and why end users buy energy projects and services. Seasoned energy professionals from the healthcare, manufacturing, and property management sectors will offer their perspectives on the energy project development and buying process, including:

  • The key drivers for justifying energy investments, such as sustainability, cost reductions, and operational improvements
  • How projects are developed, and the key traits of valued engineering, equipment, and contracting partners
  • Project funding considerations, including financial criteria, competing demands for capital, CapEx vs OpEx, buying cycle duration, and winning over internal stakeholders.
  • Building a successful energy program, including executing projects successfully, measuring and communicating success, leveraging good outcomes to build an ongoing program.

This will be a valuable evening for energy end-users, engineers, and vendors alike.   Our speakers will be:

Jeffrey Myrdek, CEBP, CEM, CMVP, CEA, LEED Green Associate

Global Director for Energy and Sustainability, Global Workspace Solutions, CBRE

Mr. Myrdek operates as a Solution Architect in support of sales and account management for CBRE’s Energy & Sustainability Platform.  He leads energy audits, supports results for energy efficiency projects and programs, and contributes to the development of new engagement processes for energy audits, financing, and scope development for the project management team.  He also interviews and evaluates new technology vendors for their potential incorporation into the service offering for CBRE’s clients.  

Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Myrdek garnered more than 30 years’ experience in the facilities management and energy & sustainability fields, managing energy and construction projects and programs, performing measurement & verification services, and overseeing various teams.  He also gained valuable experience in building automation and energy management systems from an engineering and installation standpoint.  He is a past recipient of the AEE NE Energy Manager of the Year award and a core team member that received the AEE 2015 Global Corporate Energy Program of the Year.

Paul Lukitsch, CEM

Senior Facilities Engineer and Energy Manager, Keurig Dr Pepper

At KDP, Paul manages maintenance and operations teams in MA, VT, and TX.   Paul is about to undertake leading the Energy Management Team at Keurig Dr Pepper.

Prior to joining Keurig Dr Pepper, Paul was with Millipore Corp where he managed Facilities teams and lead the Energy management team.  At Millipore the Energy team implemented over 200 energy savings projects including a 18% reduction in global energy usage, installation of an onsite 310KW solar system, design and installed a $10Mil Biomass heating plant.

Paul has a Plastics Engineering Degree from the University of Lowell, MA, is a Certified Energy Manager with additional Six Sigma Leadership training.  He is also a past winner of AEE NE’s Energy Manager of the Year award.

Chris Longchamps, CEM

Senior Facilities Engineer, Mass General Hospital

Chris has worked for Massachusetts General Hospital for almost 30 years as a Senior Facilities Engineer.  His focus over that time has been to update MEP infrastructure in various hospital buildings that range in age from over 200 years old to new construction.  Over the years, Chris has managed projects saving over $60 million dollars in lifetime energy savings.  He is currently developing an energy efficiency monitoring and tracking model utilizing the building automation system as a continuous commissioning tool.

Chris has an Electrical Engineering Degree from the Wentworth Institute of Technology but is equally proficient in Mechanical Engineering.  Chris’ projects have also received AEE NE awards for Energy Project of the Year.

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Future Meetings


Month Topic Date Time Venue
March How & Why Customers Buy Energy Efficiency 3/4/2020 5:30 to 8:30 Embassy Suites
April Technology Innovation Night - Vendor Night 4/1/2020 5:30 to 8:30 Embassy Suites
May Facility Tour - UMass Lowell 5/20/2020   UMass Lowell
June Golf Outing 6/10/2020   Juniper Hills



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Upcoming Events


March 2020 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



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