Calendar of Events

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.


Monday March 30, 2020 Meeting cancelled

Due to restricted access to the NYIT campus, the Monday March 30, 2020 meeting has been postponed until Fall 2020.  Jonathan Hu of NYPA was to have presented on “Tracking Carbon Emissions using the New York Energy Manager (NYEM) Platform”.

We are considering a remote Zoom option for upcoming presentations (e.g. April 20), subject to speaker availability and technical capability.  Please stay tuned for more info.

Spring 2021 Meeting Dates

Meeting Dates for Spring 2021.  Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, all AEE LI meetings will be held via Zoom Webinar at 7 pm on Mondays:

Monday March 22, 2021

  • Vincent Benini, VP of Customer Solutions at PositivEnergy, on C&I battery solutions

Monday May 3, 2021

  • Laurie Florence, Principal Engineer at UL, responsible for Batteries, Fuel Cells and Capacitors, who will discuss safety issues

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

  • Annual NYIT Energy Conference on Building Sustainable Communities
  • Virtual conference 1-3 pm.

Detail for the AEE-LI Fall 2021 Meetings will be provided as available.

Hope you all can attend!

November 25, 2019 AEE-LI Chapter Meeting: Joseph Lopes presents on “Disrupting the Energy Grid: How Solar Roofs, Electric Vehicles and Learning Thermostats Will Disrupt the Traditional Operation of the Electric Grid”

November 25, 2019: The Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers welcomed Mr. Joseph Lopes, our own AEE-LI Secretary/Treasurer, who presented on “Disrupting the Energy Grid: How Solar Roofs, Electric Vehicles and Learning Thermostats Will Disrupt the Traditional Operation of the Electric Grid”.

Mr. Lopes has over 40 years of experience in serving the needs of the electric and gas utility industry.  His work has included energy program design, implementation and evaluation for utility residential and business programs, regulatory issues, load research analysis and systems design, demand response (DR) program implementation and evaluation (specializing in smart thermostat programs), multifamily programs, innovative pricing pilot studies, and integrated resource plans.  Before joining DNV GL in 2011, he was a founding partner of Applied Energy Group, Inc. (CFO for over 25 years).  He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Manhattan College and an M.S. in Energy Management from NYIT

October 21, 2019 AEE-LI Chapter Meeting – Mr. Rafik Galyanurov presents on “Retrofitting HVAC Systems with EC Blowers”.

The Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers welcomed to our meeting of October 21, 2019 at the Old Westbury Campus of NYIT Mr. Rafik Galyanurov of GRR Cooling Experts Inc., who presented on “Retrofitting HVAC Systems with EC Blowers”.

Mr. Galyanurov’s company, GRR Cooling Experts, has extensive experience in retrofitting fan arrays/AHU/ exhaust fans upgrades and replacements in large facilities, achieving average energy savings of 30-35% with 100% maintenance-free direct drive EC blowers applicable for rebates.  GRR Cooling Experts are one of the pioneers in EC technology!

To reach NYIT, take the LIE to Exit 39, Glen Cove Rd.  Drive a few miles north on Glen Cove Rd.  Make a right turn onto Northern Blvd (25A).  Go to the third traffic light.  The main entrance of NYIT is on the right.  Parking is on the right side of the entrance road; Ana Rubin Hall is on the left side of the entrance road diagonally across from the parking lot.

September 23, 2019 – AEE-LI Chapter Meeting featuring John Culbertson on Distributed Antenna Systems: A Solution for LEED Buildings

At our September 23, 2019 meeting of the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers, we welcomed Mr. John Culbertson, Business Development Manager at Intelibs ( who presented on “Distributed Antenna Systems: A Solution for LEED Buildings”.  “LEED” building designs can have an unintended consequence of blocking cellular signal from entering the building – which interrupts workflow, impacts emergency preparedness, and inhibits “smart technologies” from working inside buildings. UV treated e-glass, energy efficient building products and tight envelopes all contribute to interfering with the propagation of the cellular signal from outside to inside the facilities.

Mr. Culbertson is well known in the technology industry because of his vision for bringing “Smart Grid,” “Smart Buildings,” and “Smart Cities” to fruition through fiber optics and cellular technology. John is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in sales and marketing in for companies that he worked for or founded. John is a current founding board member of Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet), one of the founding executives for Cablevision Lightpath, and the CTO/co-founder of Open Access (a fiber optic alternate carrier). John has appeared in leading publications such as Newsday, Long Island Business News, and Fortune Magazine. He is a current member of USGBC-Long Island, Urban Green Council-NYC, a Con Ed Market Partner, Energize NY Finance Partner (PACE Financing), and a past member of the New York Battery Storage Technology Consortium (NYBEST) Member.

June 4, 2019 – AEE-LI Site Visit and AEE Award to Adelphi University Cogeneration Project

The Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers visited the Adelphi University Integrated Cogeneration Project for our Tuesday, June 4, 2019 meeting, which included a presentation of an AEE-LI chapter award for Energy Project of the Year for 2019.  Pictured below is Chapter President Robert Amundsen, PhD. with Robert Shipley of Adelphi University!  Congratulations!!



14th Annual NYIT Energy Conference – June 13, 2019

The Long Island Chapter of AEE co-sponsored the 14th Annual NYIT Energy Conference on June 13, 2019 at deSeversky Hall on the NYIT Old Westbury Campus. The theme was:

 Energy & Facilities: Safety, Comfort, Sustainability