Calendar of Events

Monday March 28, 2022 – Dr. Robert Amundsen presented “Disguised Infrastructure: Minimizing Visual Impacts”

On Monday March 28, 2022, we welcomed our own Chapter President Dr. Robert Amundsen, who presented on “Disguised Infrastructure: Minimizing Visual Impacts”.  This study explores options for changing the appearance of infrastructure in order to facilitate public acceptance and enhance the quality of life in communities.

Dr. Amundsen is Director of the M.S. in Energy Management program at the NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences and past recipient of the Environmental Educator of the Year Award, and the Energy Professional Development Award. Dr. Amundsen earned a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy and a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Rochester, followed by an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Energy Management and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was elected to the AEE Energy Managers Hall of Fame, which recognizes “outstanding leaders in the energy industry who over their lifetimes have made significant contributions in the field of energy management.” He is among a small number of energy professionals who have been accepted as a Fellow of the AEE.


Monday, November 22, 2021: AEE-LI ZOOM Meeting – Presentation by Adrienne Esposito of CCE on Status of Off-shore Wind Development on Long Island

At our Zoom meeting on Monday November 22, 2021, we were pleased to welcome Adrienne Esposito from the Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), a non-profit organization working in NY and CT to protect natural resources and public health.  Adrienne presented on the current status of off-shore wind development on Long Island.

Adrienne holds a degree in Geology and Environmental Science from CW Post University.  She is a co-founder of CCE and has worked on numerous environmental campaigns over the past 30 years.


June 9, 2021: 2021 NYIT Energy Conference from 1-3 PM EDT – virtual

You are hereby invited to “virtually” join the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers at the upcoming 2021 NYIT Energy Conference on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 1-3 PM EDT, which will be virtual this year.


Here is the link to the Conference. Registration is free to students and $25 for alumni and Public.

After registration, you will be sent an email with the information and link for participation.


Monday, May 3, 2021: AEE-LI ZOOM Meeting – Presentation by Laurie Florence of UL on Batteries, Fuel Cells and Capacitors Safety

We were pleased to welcome Laurie Florence, Principal Engineer for Stationary & Motive Batteries, ESS and Fuel Cells for UL, who presented on “Battery Energy Storage Systems – The State of Safety”.

Battery energy storage systems have gone from being a demo project or novelty addition to support renewable energy to a necessity for renewable energy installations and other areas of support for the grid.  Battery energy storage systems are also being installed with increasing frequency in residential applications to support solar systems.  Many of these systems rely upon lithium ion batteries as their battery storage technology.  What is being done to address the safety of these devices, whether they are for utility, commercial/industrial or residential application?  UL has been in the forefront of ensuring battery energy storage safety. During this presentation, Laurie Florence will provide an overview of the progress made with codes and standards including UL 9540, Standard for Energy Storage Systems and Equipment and UL 9540A, Test Method for Evaluating Thermal Runaway Fire Propagation in Battery Energy Storage Systems, the NFPA 855, NFPA 70. NFPA 1 and ICC IFC codes, and challenges with testing of these systems.

Laurie Florence is a UL Corporate Fellow and UL’s Principal Engineer for stationary/motive batteries and ESS.  Laurie has over 30 years of experience in product safety and standards development. She represents UL on a variety of UL standards technical panels including 1973/1989, 1974, 2580/2271, 810/810A/810B, 2267 and 9540/9540A – as well as other industry standards and battery committees across ANSI, SAE, ISO, IEC, IECEE, CSA, and NFPA.  Laurie is also the chair of IEC SC21A, convener for IEC SC21A WG 5  and a member of IEC TC 120.

The presentation provided a good understanding of standards and code that impact energy storage and the steps being taken to ensure safety.


Monday, March 22, 2021: AEE-LI ZOOM Meeting – Presentation by Vincent Benini, VP of PositivEnergy, on C&I battery solutions

ZOOM meeting on Monday March 22, 2021 at 7 PM.

We were pleased to welcome Vincent Benini, VP of Customer Solutions at PositivEnergy, a NY-born battery solutions provider.

With the ever-increasing deployment of distributed energy resources, Energy Storage has gained significant media attention as the critical next frontier in the transition to a clean energy economy. Many are familiar with the idea of a battery charging when power is cheap and discharging when power is expensive but how does that manifest in practice and what do the specific revenue streams look like for Commercial & Industrial scale clients?  PositivEnergy’s Vincent Benini presented about Battery Storage in the C&I marketplace covering the following technical and economic topics:  Industry Background, Current Technology, Revenue Streams, Applicable Markets, Project Implementation, and the Future of the Industry.


Monday, November 23, 2020: AEE-LI ZOOM Meeting – Presentation by Jonathan Hu (NYPA) on “Tracking Carbon Emissions using the NYEM Platform”

At our ZOOM meeting on Monday November 23, 2020, the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers welcomed Jonathan Hu, Senior Project Specialist for New York Energy Manager (NYEM), a virtual energy management information service, who presented on “Tracking Carbon Emissions using the NYEM Platform”

NYPA’s new Customer Digital Experience program provides digital tools to help customers track carbon emissions reductions and the status of their energy efficiency projects. The program complements the NY Energy Manager platform, which provides free real-time access to an advanced data platform for most public buildings in New York to address the state’s mandated energy goals.

Jonathan Hu is the Senior Project Specialist for New York Energy Manager (NYEM), a virtual energy management information service. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Building Commissioning Professional, and Multi-Family Building Operator. Mr. Hu has over 10 years of professional experience in energy efficiency and is responsible for training and advising building operators and facility managers. His wide range of career experiences is an effort to better understand the energy industry holistically and push energy efficiency into the next generation.

Monday November 16, 2020 – Virtual Open House for Sunrise Wind

Sunrise Wind NY hosted a virtual Open House on Wind Power on Monday, November 16 at 6:30pm.

Monday, October 26, 2020: AEE-LI ZOOM Meeting – Presentation by Greg Sachs, PE on Distributed Energy Resources in PSEG-LI

The Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers held a ZOOM meeting on Monday October 26, 2020, welcoming Greg Sachs, PE, Chief Operations Officer of EmPower Solar.  The presentation discussed the “State of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Interconnections & Processes in the PSEG-Long Island Service area”.

The presentation is attached. EmPowerSolar-State-of-LI-Intercon

Monday May 18, 2020 7-8 pm – AEE-LI Zoom Webinar Meeting – RSVP Required! Joseph Lopes to present on Covid-19 impacts on Downstate NY System Loads

On Monday May 18, 2020, the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers was pleased to welcome our own Joe Lopes, Secretary/Treasurer of the AEE-Long Island Chapter, who presented on “Covid-19 impacts on Downstate New York System Loads” via ZOOM.

This presentation presented an analysis of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) system loads for the Con Edison/NYPA and LIPA zones.  The analysis includes how they have been affected by the business shutdowns, “stay-at-home” directives and restrictions on selected operations in the Downstate New York area prompted by the efforts to limit the spread of the Covis-19 virus.

Mr. Joseph Lopes is a Senior Principal Consultant for DNV GL, with over 40 years of experience with utility applications such as load analytics, utility energy efficiency and demand response program evaluation, and regulatory support.  Prior to joining DNV GL in 2011, he co-founded Applied Energy Group and served as CFO, and worked for American Electric Power and Stone & Webster.  His local clients include Con Edison, New York Power Authority (NYPA), LIPA/PSEG-LI, and National Grid.  He has also served as Secretary/Treasurer of the AEE-LI Chapter since 2004.

Monday April 20, 2020 7-8 pm – AEE-LI Zoom Webinar Meeting – RSVP Required! Davetta Thacher of NYSERDA on Work Force Development and Training Program

We wish you all a safe and healthy Spring!  For our April 20, 2020 Zoom Webinar, we welcomed Ms. Davetta Thacher, Senior Project Manager, Workforce Development and Training, NYSERDA, and Adele Ferranti of NYSERDA who presented on “New York State-Supported Workforce Development and Training Opportunities”.

This presentation detailed NYSERDA’s $70 million workforce development and training initiatives targeting experienced workers as well as those just entering the clean energy workforce. Workforce development and training activities address energy efficiency, building science, renewable energy and emerging and advanced technologies as well as initiatives to develop career pathways for veterans, disabled workers, dislocated workers and low and moderate-income residents.

Ms. Davetta Thacher is a Senior Project Manager with NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Workforce Development and Training Team, where her focus is on building operation and maintenance, energy storage and building electrification.  She has served as a Board Member of the AEE NYC Chapter since the Fall of 2015 and as an officer since January 2018.