2016 AEE International Award Winners

Energy Engineer of the Year
James Armstrong
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James Armstrong has over 30 years of experience in the energy supply and energy efficiency industry, and has developed several innovative, clean energy technologies. Jim conceptualized and created Tru-Use™ energy load pro?ling and energy monitoring solution. Tru-Use™ is a combination of energy load pro?ling equipment and methodologies for processing interval energy, into detailed facility load pro?les to replace information gaps left by billing data alone. Whether it’s for a simple energy audit or for tracking consumption in facility with multiple energy generation sources, Tru-Use™ bridges the information gap faced by many facilities without access to an EMS/BMS. Jim also developed and designed CoolArray, an alternative condenser water cooling system based on established marine engine cooling technology for facilities adjacent to large water bodies. A current CoolArray “in-water” application that Jim has spearheaded utilizes the Hudson River to provide condenser/cooling water to facilities that cannot use cooling towers due to space, landmarks, or other limitations. Jim also developed a Combined Heat, Cooling, and Power (CHCP) system to replace existing cooling and heating plants. Six CHP/CHCP projects that Jim designed, totaling 1.2 MW, have been installed. In addition to energy cost reduction from CHP, these installations are also capable of providing standby electrical power to the facilities if normal utility supply is not available. In 2015, Jim was awarded Energy Engineer of the Year by the NY Chapter of AEE. Mr. Armstrong was also a Board Member of AEE’s Long Island Chapter, serving as Vice President/Treasurer of the chapter for 6 years.

Corporate Energy Management
United Technologies Corporation
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Since 2006, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has required their operating businesses and facilities to annually reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 3% versus a 2006 baseline. The development of an in-house cadre of trained energy managers was seen as an important resource for meeting their goals. During 2014 and 2015, UTC sponsored AEE Certified Energy Manager (CEM) in-house Energy Management training for qualified employees. Twenty-eight employees came from UTC’s largest North American energy consuming sites and were a mix of early to mid-career professionals with an expressed interest in energy management. The training program produced immediate and significant benefits, as participants identified and began implementing energy saving projects at their home facilities even before the one-week course ended. During 2014 and 2015, CEM program graduates conducted 38 energy audits and identified over $4 million/21,000 mtCO2e in energy/GHG reductions. UTC’s formal 27% reduction target for 2006 to 2015 was met and exceeded in 2015, with cumulative GHG reductions of 942,000 mtCO2e. Moving forward, UTC has established a 2020 absolute GHG reduction goal of 15% compared to their 2015 baseline. The training met three objectives: experienced employees earned a well-deserved professional credential, early career professionals were put on a career path in energy management, and UTC developed an excellent in-house resource for identifying and driving energy and GHG reductions at their sites.

Institutional Energy Management
Loudoun County Public Schools
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In order to reduce energy consumption in all the facilities within the District, the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) created a team of students, parents, faculty members, and other community members called the Energy Education Team (EETeam). The goal of the EETeam is to create a culture where everyone who uses an LCPS facility understands how they can contribute to energy efficiency and conservation and is actively taking part in the program. The program has a motto that sums up the program very nicely: “Every dollar that pays an unnecessarily high energy bill could be spent for a much better purpose – teaching children.” The EETeam has two main focuses: energy efficiency and energy conservation. From program inception to the present, LCPS has saved over $70 million in energy costs. This is a reduction of 28.8% when compared to the Baseline Adjusted to Current Conditions. Energy reductions total over 3.6 billion kBtu and are equivalent to over 300 thousand metric tons of CO2 emissions.

Energy Professional Development
Suhair Al Mhairat
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Ms. Suhair Al Mhairat is leading the development of CWEEL in Jordan and encouraging the networking of women in the energy and environmental sector. Suhair organized and managed around 20 meetings for CWEEL in Jordan since the initiation of the first CWEEL chapter outside the United States in May 2014. In 2016, she has already managed to hold three events, the first of which was with TechWomen and was attended by approximately sixty women. Over 200 people benefit from the CWEEL chapter in Jordan. Both public and private sector women engineers now have the opportunity to network, communicate, and learn about new technologies at these events. The continuous development of CWEEL in Jordan is thanks to Suhair’s dedication and hard work. She is proactive and persistent in educating women in her society about energy and the environment.

Energy Manager of the Year
Robert Berninger
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Under Robert Berninger’s direction, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) has adopted a comprehensive approach to the many energy processes that impact a large institution such as the hospital. The corporate energy team at MSKCC, spearheaded by Robert Berninger, has played an important role in the planning process of the organization by ensuring that capital projects that are being implemented include a myriad of energy saving and efficiency measures. In addition to working with construction design teams and upper management to ensure all development meets efficiency and environmental standards, their team plays the lead in securing electric rate reductions. Bob’s strong commitment to energy management is also re?ected in MSKCC’s dedication to educating, training, and developing his staff. Nine of his staff have trained for their CEM, 60 have completed the Building Operator Certi?cate Level-I, 40 staff have completed BOC Level-II, and 20 have attended the Building Re-Tuning classes from CUNY Building Performance Lab. In just the last 10 years, MSKCC has implemented a vast assortment of projects resulting in total energy savings of $23 million, including a chiller oversight program to help optimize plant efficiency, Flash Tank installation, installation of a wireless steam trap monitoring system, creation of a Green Team, and installation of a Demand Control Ventilation system.

Energy Project – International
AbbVie Ireland
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Established in 2002, AbbVie Sligo, is a licensed, state-of-the-art, high containment facility for the manufacture of a wide range of pharmaceuticals. The company embarked on an ambitious business growth strategy whilst recognizing the need to grow the business in a sustainable manner. This is primarily being achieved through their ambitious “Reduce Carbon Footprint” Energy Management program. Its objectives are to deliver annual energy savings of $979,378 and 3,590 tonnes of CO2 through sustainable development. The program is being led by the Energy Manager, Peter Moran, MBA, C. Eng, C.E.M., C.M.V.P., and all energy management activities are executed in accordance with IS ISO 50001, IPMVP and AbbVie management procedures. The key initiatives have thus far included a waste heat recovery boiler on a thermal oxidizer that uses liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel, a combined heat pump and HVAC chiller with waste heat recovery, and converting a low pressure hot water system from steam to LPG with waste heat recovery. The program represents a signi?cant capital investment in sustainability with $2.7 million already invested in the overall program and an annual savings of roughly 3,168,000 pounds of CO2 and $584,000.

Energy Project – National
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/JPL), together with CEG Solutions LLC, has completed a comprehensive, high impact multi-phase ESPC project that included a broad set of energy efficiency technologies. Steve Rigdon was the energy manager who initiated the project and was responsible for the project’s overall vision and coordination with numerous project stakeholders. The project scope included signi?cant upgrades to mechanical systems, controls, lighting, water conservation, industrial processes, building envelope, and renewables with upgrades to 100+ facilities containing office, administrative, data center, storage, and cafeteria facilities. The impacted facilities are located on a secure government campus containing highly technical, operationally dependent equipment. Phase I and Phase II are collectively saving the federal government 43 Billion BTUs of energy annually, with over 9 million kWh of electricity savings, 170,000 therms of natural gas savings, and 15 million gallons of water savings, or an equivalent of $1.1 million of annual cost savings.

Innovative Energy Project
Akron Children’s Hospital
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Akron Children’s Hospital completed construction of a new 368,735 ft2 Critical Care Tower utilizing the Integrated Lean Project Delivery® (ILPD®) method. Vendors, selected based on proven project history not low bid, were involved early in the process and throughout construction to allow input in their areas of expertise. CCG Automation was part of the ILPD® design team, and the design standards for the mechanical systems in the new facility were all based on advanced ASHRAE Standards for hospital operations. These advanced standards included duct static and supply air resets, chilled water plant and hot water system optimization, building pressure and return static control, integrated enthalpy economizer, and time of day scheduling for operating/surgery rooms, offices and auxiliary locations. Eight months after occupancy the patient rooms are consistently operating within 1/10th of one degree Fahrenheit of set point and patients’ reports are positive regarding comfort in the spaces. The building is also operating more efficiently than was anticipated during the design phase. The hospital set an operating goal during the design phase at 177 kBtu/ft2. After 8 months of occupancy the facility is operating at 73.4 kBtu/ft2 and is projected to have an annual usage of 118.4 kBtu/ft2.

Energy Innovator of the Year
Randy Buckner
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Mr. Buckner, in just three years, has transitioned from a newcomer in the energy field to a professional energy engineer in the Huntsville Community who is instrumental in virtually every aspect of the emerging yet evolving energy market in the area. His passion has changed the landscape for Avion Solutions, Inc, his employer, as well as the City of Huntsville and the surrounding community. He leads the Better Buildings Challenge for his community, he serves as the Programs Chairman for Huntsville AEE, he hosts tours of both his workplace and his home, which he has turned into a renewable energy research project, and he volunteers with and sits on the board of many other professional energy organizations. These organizations include the Energy Huntsville Initiative (EHI), the Alabama Center for Clean and Sustainable Energy (ALCSE), and local schools, where he can contribute directly to high school students aspiring to be energy engineers.

Young Energy Professional of the Year
Evan Rosenberg
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Evan Rosenberg is an Environmental Specialist for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Evan has been a pioneer in developing Metro’s Sustainability Program. He manages energy conservation measures and was responsible for the installation of energy efficient luminaries (reducing electricity consumption by over 4.6 million kWh, saving $640,000 in energy cost). He also assisted in developing new energy projects (estimated annual savings: 9.7 million kWh / $1.4 million) and soliciting a Solar Power Purchase Agreement Provider for PV systems at four Metro facilities (increasing Metro’s renewable energy portfolio by 1.7 MW). Additionally, Metro, with its clean burning natural gas bus ?eet, opted-in to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program to generate LCFS credits, which will be monetized and invested in sustainability-related projects to further reduce energy consumption and costs. With Evan as the manager, this program has generated over $12.5 million in revenue.

Young Energy Professional of the Year
Jean-Philippe Drouin-Bouffard
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Jean-Philippe (JP) Drouin is an engineer, a Certified Energy Manager, and a Distributed Generation Certified Professional. JP joined Ecosystem as a designer where he quickly earned his colleagues’ respect with his technical knowledge and market insights. In addition to being very technically competent, JP also has a talent for client management. He spends countless hours on job sites to ensure that arising issues are addressed in a timely manner. JP was the lead designer for the Beth Israel project, a cogeneration and steam-to-hot-water conversion that won AEE’s 2013 Energy Project of the Year Award. This completed project, along with four other projects that are currently underway, will total $34 million in energy retrofits and $3.3 million in annual savings.