November 2018 Print

President's Message

Paul Wassink

We are coming up on an exciting time of year for Energy Efficiency!

On December 6th we will have our Cannabis Mini-Conference at UMass Lowell. This all-day conference will give you a great primer on how energy efficiency can be implemented in indoor agriculture facilities. There are not a lot of energy efficiency professionals serving this sector yet, and not a lot of facility owners that are up to speed on what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and save money through energy efficiency. Get in on the ground floor! For only $90, this is an educational opportunity you won't want to pass up.

On December 12th we will have a Technology Innovation Night at the Embassy Suites in Waltham. Come to hear about a smorgasbord of technologies in a fast and fun format. See more details below. Also, don't forget to bring a new toy to be donated to Toys For Tots, especially for ages 0-2 or 6-12.

Before you leave for the holidays, be sure to save the date for our Annual Energy Outlook on January 9th. The meeting sells out every year, so be sure to register early.


Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Paul Wassink

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Meeting Description

Energy Efficiency in Cannabis Cultivation Facilities Mini-Conference

December 6, 2018

UMass Lowell Conference Center

Join us for a full day event as we explore a number of topics in depth about these fascinating facilities:

  • Benchmarking and energy intensity of cannabis cultivation facilities
  • Biological requirements of the plant during various life cycle periods, overall requirements for successful growth
  • HVAC requirements, best practices, equipment, facility management, energy management
  • Lighting options and requirements
  • Water use and re-use for cannabis facilities
  • Energy supply options, contractual issues
  • Policy development and code issues


Technology Innovation Night

December 12, 2018

Embassy Suites in Waltham


Featuring the following technologies:

  • Condex “Turning your Existing Boiler into a Condensing Boiler”
  • ElectroCell Systems "Advanced System for Cooling and Heating Plant Efficiency"
  • “Up-Date of VFD Technology Advancements”
  • Ice Bear - Thermal Storage for Roof Top Units
  • Voltage Harmonizer - Variable Voltage Transformer – Legend Power Systems


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Future Meetings





Meeting Topic

Dec. Dec. 6th UMass Lowell Conference Center Cannabis Cultivation Facilities
Dec. Dec. 12th Embassy Suites Waltham Technology Innovation Night
Jan. Jan. 9th Raytheion Waltham Annual Energy Outlook
Feb. Feb. 7th Embassy Suites Waltham Green House Reduction Goals and WHat it means for the Energy Efficiency Industry
Mar. TBD TBD Joint ASHRAE Meeting
Apr. April 3rd Embassy Suites Waltham Energy Efficiency in Data Centers
May May 1st Harpoon Brewery Boston Tour of Harpoon Brewery
June TBD Shaker Hills CC Harvard Annual Golf Outing




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Upcoming Events


December 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

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  • 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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