September 2021 Meeting

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), South Eastern Virginia Chapter (AEE-SEVA) Virtual Chapter Meeting: September 22, 2021 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Direct Energy representatives will discuss the impact of recent energy market trends on your utility spend, potential energy procurement strategies and an update on trends and alternatives for renewable energy and achieving sustainability goals.

Title: Navigating an Energy Market In Transition

Presentation Synopsis: Join Hans Rottmann, Mike Harris, and Clay Bedwell to understand how to leverage energy supply and offsite renewables to effectively navigate the rapidly changing US energy market. Topics discussed will include the impact of recent energy market trends on your utility spend, potential energy procurement strategies, and an examination of various types of offsite renewable transaction structures and how they are being utilized to decarbonize the energy sector.

Clay Bedwell Bio:

Clay is the Senior Manager of Renewable Services Commercial Strategy at Direct Energy Business with a dedicated focus on offsite renewables. He collaborates directly on the design and execution of complex renewable energy transactions, leads the development of new products and offerings, and contributes to the overall strategic vision DEB and NRG renewable initiatives. Motivated by a lifelong passion for the outdoors and environmentalism, Clay believes that the path to a material renewable transition relies on increasing the accessibility of renewables through novel transaction structures, expanding competitive energy markets to provide more end users with a true renewable choice, and leveraging demand side management. Clay joined Direct Energy Business in early 2018 and brings a wealth of information from nearly 15 years of energy management experience primarily focused on helping customers successfully navigate the renewables landscape.

Hans Rottmann Bio: 

Hans is a Manager of Technical Sales at NRG. Hans leads a team that works with sales representatives to offer energy solutions to customers. The solutions include complex retail gas & electric products, renewable services and demand side capabilities. Prior to his current role, Hans led the Market Intelligence Team and also worked with some of Direct Energy’s largest key customers to develop and implement energy procurement strategies. Hans has over 30 years of experience in the wholesale and retail energy markets. Hans came to NRG via the recent acquisition where he started in 2000. Hans received both his Bachelors of Science in Accounting, cum laude, and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Buffalo.

Michael Harris Bio:

Michael is on the Technical Sales team at NRG and joined Direct Energy in 2014. He has spent over 15 years in the energy industry working with customers in the PJM markets to support their energy management strategies related to power and gas procurement strategies, demand and efficiency programs and sustainability and renewable efforts. Primarily, with a focus on helping customer learn and understand the solutions and options that are available to their organization and how they can benefit their overall energy management efforts

Attendee Survey Questions:

  • Who do you buy electricity from?
    • Utility (Dominion / Allegheny)
    • Retail supplier
    • I don’t know
  • Who do you buy natural gas from?
    • Utility
    • Retail supplier
    • I don’t know
  • What type of renewable energy have you purchased (check all that apply) ?
    • Dominion renewable tariff
    • Renewable Energy Credit (REC) ?
    • Onsite generation (solar, wind, etc)
    • Carbon offsets
    • Something else
    • None
  • What is a Renewable Energy Credit?

May 2021 Meeting

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), South Eastern Virginia Chapter (AEE-SEVA) Virtual Chapter Meeting: May 6, 2021 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jimmy Giles

Jimmy Giles
Jobe Industrial Control & Measurement

Presentation Synopsis: 

Alternate Design Strategy for Horizontal, Steam to Water, Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers - Horizontal, steam to water, shell and tube heat exchangers are a staple product in the HVAC and process industries. Typical designs rely on extraction of condensate during normal operation. The presentation offers an alternate approach to designing heat exchangers that flips common convention and the heat exchanger on their end, where the shell remains flooded and energy stored in the condensate is finally able to be utilized. The presentation will review common applications and key considerations for this alternate design method.

Mr. Giles Bio:

Jimmy Giles is a Sales Engineer with Jobe and Company covering the Tidewater and Richmond areas of Virginia. He has experience in providing solutions for process control, measurement, HVAC, and safety solutions for industrial, water/wastewater, and commercial applications. Jimmy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

March 2021 Meeting

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), South Eastern Virginia Chapter (AEE-SEVA) Virtual Chapter Meeting: March 31, 2021 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Leigh Anne Ratliff

Leigh Anne Ratliff
State of Virginia Demand Response

Presentation Synopsis: 

Ms. Ratliff will be discussing the state of demand response in Virginia and the Mid Atlantic with particular emphasis on the Energy Efficiency Rebate program with PJM. She will also unpack the recent reliability issues in Texas including the equipment issues, FERC regulations, Margin requirements and the Texas Choice real time rates for residential consumers.

Ms. Ratliff Bio:

Leigh Anne Ratliff has administered the State of Virginia’s Demand Response programs since 2008. She holds a BS Engineering from the University of Illinois, a MS Financial Markets and Trading from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a MERL (Masters of Energy Regulation and Environmental Law) from the Vermont Law School. In 2020, the Commonwealth contract committed almost 100MW year-round to support reliability in the Mid Atlantic Grid. In addition to local boards for her children’s swimming and schools, Ms. Ratliff is also on the Board of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council.

January 2021 Meeting

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), South Eastern Virginia Chapter (AEE-SEVA) Virtual Chapter Meeting: January 27, 2021 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Al Mothersbaugh from AKRON GLASS TINTING will be presenting in this month's meeting. A family business since 1958, Akron Glass Tinting has grown into a regional leader in the window film industry. AGT is an authorized 3M window film dealer and part of the 3M Prestige Dealer Network, specializing in:

  • 3M Solar-Control Window Film
  • 3M Safety & Security Film
  • 3M Fasara & Custom Privacy Film
  • Belbien Architectural Finishes

(Note* A detailed discussion of each area will be presented.)

AEE-SEVA October Meeting 2020

The Speaker for the October 21, 2020 (4-5 PM) meeting will present and address the

“Pros & Cons of Cogeneration”

 Increased Fuel Volatility

Increased Operational Complexity

Additional regulatory issues

PJM Interconnect may be needed

Increased Staff may be needed

Additional environmental permitting, monitoring, and reporting

Joe Harrell, PE, CEM is the Associate Vice President of Facilities at the University of Cincinnati, and his team of 500 dedicated professionals are responsible for all building services for 124 uptown buildings and 3 branch campuses totaling more than 13 million square feet.  The services they provide include maintenance and repairs, housekeeping, grounds, transportation, central receiving, moving services, mail delivery, utilities, and our in house construction group. Joe also enjoys working with students, faculty, and other staff members to make UC’s campus more energy efficient.  Prior to joining UC, he worked for a utility company and several ESCO’s where he worked with many large industrial and commercial energy users to design, finance, and implement large-scale energy conservation projects. 

Joe is on many committees including the Board of the UC Early Learning Center, Co-chair of Tobacco Free UC, President’s Advisory Committee on Environment and Sustainability, and is a UC Be Well Ambassador.

Joe has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.  He is the Vice President of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and conducts training around the country for the AEE’s Certified Energy Managers program.

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), South Eastern Virginia Chapter (AEE-SEVA)
Virtual Chapter Meeting
October 21, 2020 (4:00-5:00)