The Mission of the Long Island Chapter of the AEE (AEE-LI) is to provide energy industry stakeholders on Long Island with an open and impartial forum for information exchange. In keeping with it’s parent organization, the International Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), AEE-LI is dedicated to promoting the principles and practices of energy efficiency and energy conservation. Properly applied, these principles provide a foundation for planning, design, and implementation of projects and measures that enable energy users to achieve efficient usage of energy resources, reduce their costs for energy, and minimize the impact their energy usage has on the environment in which they work and live.
The energy industry is evolving from a regulated monopoly business model to a more competitive commodity market structure. This transition provides stakeholders in the energy business with new opportunities to benefit from innovations in technology, service packaging, and price options. However, taking advantage of the benefits of competition also requires stakeholders to be well-informed about the risks associated with the options they choose.
These paradigm changes to the energy industry are having an impact on Long Island, but there are also characteristics of the Long Island energy business that are unique. An active, diverse membership from across the spectrum of energy industry stakeholders on Long Island enables AEE-LI to connect those seeking information to those who can provide it and, therefore, benefit society.
The Long Island Chapter of AEE was formed by Dr. Robert Amundsen, current chapter President. The chapter remains closely affiliated with the National AEE and the New York Chapter. The Long Island Chapter of AEE held its first meeting on December 7, 1988, on the Old Westbury Campus of NYIT. On April 17, 1990, Mr. Albert Thumann, Executive Director of AEE, addressed the new chapter, and personally presented the chapter’s Charter.
Some of the speakers who have given presentations at AEE-LI are Mr. Victor Ottaviano, Mr. Evans Lizardos, Mr. Richard Kessel, Mr. Kevin Rooney, Mr. George Kritzler, Mr. Bill Howard, Mr. Keith Christensen and Mr. Fredric Goldner–all well-known energy professionals. There have been plant tours, dinner meetings, and several conferences. Among the topics which have been covered at chapter meetings are thermal storage, offshore wind energy, indoor air quality, the Long Island Sound Study, ultrasonic leak detection, alternative fuel vehicles, performance contracting, fuel cells, distributed generation, and Energy Master Planning.
AEE-LI Chapter President
Dr. Robert N. Amundsen
Center for Energy Policy and Research
New York Institute of Technology
Old Westbury, NY 11568
AEE-LI Chapter Vice President
AEE-LI Chapter Secretary/Treasurer
Joseph S. Lopes
Senior Principal Consultant, Sustainable Use Consulting
DNV GL – Energy
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Glen Cove, NY 11542
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