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12/6/2013

AEE is pleased to announce that the Certified Energy Manager® (CEM®) certification program has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) based on the International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024

 
 
ANSI Standard 17024 is well-recognized within the industry as the highest standard in personnel certification accreditation. AEE is very pleased to achieve ANSI accreditation as the certifying body for the Certified Energy Manager program. AEE has defined the workforce for Certified Energy Managers based on thirty-two years’ experience and over 14,000 certified professionals. The Association of Energy Engineers strives to provide the highest caliber of certification program, which gives recognition for professionals working in the energy management field and to be distinguished as such through successfully meeting the CEM certification requirements.

ANSI was founded in 1918 with the mission of enhancing “both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.”[1] ANSI is a private, not-for-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system.

The Association of Energy Engineers established the CEM in 1981 to meet the growing needs of individuals and organizations wishing to advance their position in the energy efficiency field. We have certified more than 26,000 certified professionals, 14,000 of them CEMs, thus enabling them to receive special recognition for their expertise in a variety of specialized areas of the energy, power, and green facilities industry. The CEM is a registered trademark with the United States Trademark and Patent Office and the term “Certified Energy Manager” is a registered service.

11/30/2013

OCCAEE & Bruner Corporation Sponsor the SMPS November Symposium on Alternative Energy and Its Impact on Infrastructure

Ohio's alternative energy portfolio standard and the shale gas boom have helped to drive investment in Ohio’s clean energy infrastructure, creating job growth and investment opportunities.

OCCAEE, in partnership with Bruner Corporation, hosted an event where representatives from the alternative energy and power distribution sectors discussed their current and future development plans.  Topics included solar power, wind power, downstream natural gas applications and cogeneration.

Panelists:

Mark Gundelfinger, Manager, Alternative Energy Resources, AEP

Matt White, Legal Counsel, IGS Energy   

Dave Dwyer, Project Engineer, Solar Planet

Monica Jensen, Vice President, Development, Windlab

 

During the conversation it was very clear that Senate Bill 58 was top-of-mind. The bill calls for a revision of Ohio’s clean energy legislation.  

On one side, the energy providers, AEP and IGS, were proponents of the bill, as it would partly compensate the utility companies for power sales that they will lose due to the reduction mandate of 22% by 2025. On the other side, the renewable providers, Solar Planet and WindLab, were opponents of Senate Bill 58. The State of Ohio regulates that half of renewable power must come from Ohio sources, making Ohio a desirable state for this industry. Senate Bill 58 would eliminate this part of Ohio’s clean energy laws and undercut renewable energy growth in Ohio.

Since the luncheon, Senate Bill 58 has been put on hold and will be revisited in 2014. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Senator Bill Seitz, has not been able to garner enough support to put the bill to a full chamber vote. Seitz responded by saying that he’s “just begun to fight,” so the dispute is far from over.

07/26/2012

B&W, Ohio State to further develop clean coal, carbon capture system

 
Babcock & Wilcox was awarded federal funding by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory to develop advanced oxy-combustion technologies for carbon capture projects that can be applied to new, retrofitted or repowered coal-fired power plants and can achieve at least 90 percent carbon removal at less than $25 per ton. 
 

06/20/2012

We are pleased to announce the results of the election of AEE Officers for 2013:

 
 
President Bill Younger, CEM, BEP, CEA
President-Elect Randy Haines, CEM, CLEP, CMVP, BEP, CSDP
Secretary Dr. Scott C. Dunning, CEM
Treasurer    Paul Goodman, CEM
Region I Vice President David Eberly, CEM, GBE, CSDP, CEA
Region II Vice President Kathleen Stahl, CEM
Region III Vice President     Robert Marolt, CEM
Region IV Vice President     Jerry Dennis, CEM, CEP
Region V Vice President    Lori K. Moen, CEM, CEP

 
The terms of office begin on January 1, 2013, but Officers will be inducted on the evening of Tuesday, October 30, 2013 at the WEEC Gala Banquet in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.
The members, officers, and staff of AEE look forward to working together as we fulfill the mission and goals of AEE. 
03/28/2012

Governor Kasich releases energy bill -- Senate Bill 315

 

On March 22, 2012, Governor John Kasich released an energy bill, Senate Bill 315 (SB 315), which focuses on regulatory issues relating to the shale industry as well as classifications of co-generation systems, support for natural gas vehicles, and energy projects for state-owned buildings. A copy of the bill can be found here. For more, read this article which summarizes SB 315’s key provisions.


03/22/2012

EnergyBiz Leadership Forum Honors Insightful Leaders with KITE Awards


The EnergyBiz Leadership Forum, where top utility leaders offered insights into the disruptive forces affecting today's power industry, recently wrapped up in Washington, D.C. Attendees spent two days discussing ways to overcome these challenges and position their organizations for future success. Read More...


12/15/2011

Reminder: 2012 AEE Awards Nominations Due January 20


Do you know an energy professional deserving of recognition? An outstanding energy project? A company, agency or organization with a noteworthy energy management plan?


Through our Awards Programs, we are able to recognize the important work being done in energy by individuals, organizations, agencies, and corporations. By identifying those who exemplify the very best in their fields, energy professionals are honored and the industry is advanced.


Winners in the International Awards Program will be presented with their awards at the AEE Awards Banquet Tuesday evening, October 30, in Atlanta, GA, in conjunction with the 35th Anniversary World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC).


Winners in the Regional Awards Program will receive their awards Tuesday afternoon, October 30, the day prior to the opening of the WEEC, in Atlanta, GA.


Winners in the Chapter Awards Program will receive their awards locally at the discretion of each chapter.


Please note that nominations must be submitted no later than January 20, 2012.


To make nominations, go to: www.aeecenter.org/awards


11/29/2011

ELECTRIC COMPANY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS PRODUCE RECORD RESULTS IN 2010


America's electric companies saved 87.8 billion kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity in 2010 through energy-efficiency programs—breaking the record of 77.9 billion kWh set in 2009, according to the Energy Information Administration's (EIA's) Electric Power Annual 2010. The amount of electricity saved in 2010 could power more than 7.5 million homes for one year.


Electric companies are utilizing new technologies that empower customers to use energy more wisely, and they are helping their customers reduce their electricity usage and control their energy bills with energy-efficiency programs.


Between 1989 and 2010, electric company efficiency programs saved 1,171 billion kWh of electricity. That's enough electricity to power nearly 102 million average U.S. homes for one year.


11/17/2011

Department of Energy (DOE) issues final rule for ASHRAE 90.1-2010


On October 19, 2011 the Department of Energy issued a Final Rule updating the baseline commercial building energy code to ASHRAE 90.1-2010. The ruling affirms that 90.1-2010 will achieve greater energy efficiency than the 2007 version. DOE also determined that buildings built to 90.1-2010 will be about 18.2% more energy efficient.


As part of this ruling, States are required to review and update their commercial building energy codes to meet or exceed the provisions in 90.1-2010, and they must certify to the DOE that they have reviewed 90.1-2010. States have until October 18, 2013 to submit certification statements to DOE. This means that States should begin adopting 90.1- 2010 within the next 2-3 years


To help you understand and implement these new requirements, we have created several new tools:




  • Quickly review the new and revised provisions between the 2007 and 2010 versions
  • Understand the practical implications for the latest version of the code



For more information visit our new CodeSmart pages.

7/19/2011

With Green Building Certification, LEED Is No Longer the Only Game in Town



Just when everyone was starting to finally become so used to the U.S. Green Building Council‘s LEED certification that it’s nearly reached the point of ubiquity, up pops a new system that is going to try and provide an alternative. Launched this past fall and starting to make waves is the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities, or SERF certification for sure. Crain’s Detroit reports that the program was founded as an alternative to LEED, which founder Joe Maguire says has grown too expensive and time-consuming (you’ll recall that there have been questions about the program’s real world benefits as well). How much quicker and less expensive is SERF? Read More

7/8/2011

Gov. Kasich signs two-year SB 232 extension into law




Last week Governor John Kasich signed into law with the rest of the budget a two-year extension of last session’s “Senate Bill 232,” which significantly reduced the tax burden on certain advanced energy projects. SB 232, originally sponsored by Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield) and enacted in June 2010, exempts qualifying projects from real and personal property taxation, instead requiring project owners to make payments in lieu of taxes based on generating capacity and other factors. A summary of SB 232 is available here.


Without the extension, SB 232 was scheduled to sunset at the end of the year. Under the bill, a project must be under construction (or filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board) by January 1, 2014, and placed in service by January 1, 2015 to qualify for the tax treatment. Without the extension, a project had to be under construction by January 1, 2012, and placed in service by January 1, 2013 to qualify. The extension was included in the budget bill with the support of Senators Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), Mark Wagoner (R-Toledo) and Jimmy Stewart (R-Albany), along with Senator Widener and others.



01/28/11


Third Frontier OKs $14M for alternative energy industries,
including Dublin’s Adsorption Research



The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has approved more than $14 million in spending to bolster the state’s alternative energy efforts.

The money will come from the Ohio Third Frontier’s Photovoltaic, Fuel Cell and Advanced Energy programs.

Adsorption Research Inc. of Dublin will receive $1 million from the Advanced Energy Program for a project studying how to upgrade the methane gas captured from landfills. It’s working with Rumpke Consolidated Cos., Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc., Sauer Group Inc., GSF Energy LLC, Dublin Technical Systems Inc. and Clean Fuels Ohio on the project.
Other Advanced Energy Program recipients were Advanced Battery Concepts LLC of Port Clinton ($1 million), Delphi Automotive in Warren ($1 million) Gem Energy Management Inc. of Walbridge ($1 million), Inorganic Specialists Inc. in Miamisburg ($1 million) MesoCoat Inc. of Euclid ($2 million) and SuGanit Systems Inc. of Toledo ($2 million).


The recipients under the Photovoltaics Program were Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland ($899,818), which is working with Replex Plastics; DyeTec Solar Inc. in Toledo ($950,000) for a project with Pilkington North America Inc.; Energy Focus Inc. in Solon ($1 million), for a collaboration with Replex Plastics, Ohio State University and Lighting Services Inc.; GreenField Solar Corp. in Oberlin ($1 million), which is working on a project with Edison Materials Technology Center and Ohio State; and Process Technology of Mentor ($357,713), for a collaboration with Cleveland State University and Ohio State.
The sole recipient of funding from the Fuel Cell Program was Rolls-Royce Fuel Cells Systems Inc. in North Canton, which is in line for $999,875 for a project with RoviSys Co.



01/13/11

Call for 2011 AEE Awards Nominations



Do you know an energy professional deserving of recognition? An outstanding energy project? A company, agency or organization with a noteworthy energy management plan?

Through our Awards Programs, we are able to recognize the important work being done in energy by individuals, organizations, agencies, and corporations. By identifying those who exemplify the very best in their fields, energy professionals are honored and the industry is advanced.

Winners in the International Awards Program will be presented with their awards at the AEE Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 12, in Chicago, IL in conjunction with the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC).

Winners in the Regional Awards Program will receive their awards on Tuesday afternoon, October 11, the day prior to the opening of the WEEC, in Chicago, IL.

Winners in the Chapter Awards Program will receive their awards locally at the discretion of each chapter.

Please note that nominations must be submitted no later than March 1, 2011.

To make nominations, go to: www.aeecenter.org/awards



01/10/11


Duke Energy to Buy Progress Energy for $14 Billion







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