MORNING WORKSHOPS I
SESSION 1 • INTRODUCING SMART THERMOSTATS
Ken Resnick began his career in the plumbing and HVAC fields as an apprentice for a family-owned plumbing and heating company. Ken then moved on to the oil service industry working as a heating technician. Ken furthered his education by learning gas heating. Ken opened his own business shortly after, employing and educating his employees in the plumbing, heating, oil and gas heating service business.
Ken began his other passion of teaching part time at Western Suffolk BOCES, teaching plumbing, heating, oil and gas heating service and installation. After 20 years of teaching within BOCES, Ken then accepted a position as Director of Education teaching oil and gas heating, wiring and controls at Electrical Training Center for 5 years. Ken moved onto Rathe Associates in 2015 as the trainer and manufacturer’s service representative, where he presently enjoys what he can offer to the industry.
Resideo Technologies, Inc.
Dave Holland is a Senior Manager – Business Development of Partnerships for Resideo’s Connected Home organization. This business focuses on developing software applications and partner ecosystems across Resideo’s residentially-focused product offerings. Dave manages the relationships with software companies who call on the utility industry to foster their energy efficiency and demand response initiatives through Honeywell Home technology. Dave also looks for ways to add value to Resideo’s consumer base and its partners. The partner development team is responsible for creating consumer value by enabling developers to consume Honeywell Home APIs for its portfolio of cloud-connected products.
These partnerships and the associated connected products, including thermostats, water leak detectors, indoor air quality, security systems and building management systems, create ongoing and unexpected value to consumers and new revenue streams for partners and Resideo. Resideo is delivering on the goal to create connected products utilizing software and cloud services to create effortless consumer experiences that delight our customers.
Over the past 35 years, Dave has held various roles in operations, sales and business development across Resideo and Honeywell’s suite of utility focused, demand side management business.
SESSION 2 • A LOOK AT 2020 LIGHTING
Big Shine Energy
As Chief Technology Officer, August Kruesi ensures Big Shine Energy is using the latest and best technology in LED lighting. Lighting is not new to August, great grandson of John Kruesi – the head machinist for Thomas Edison, who worked on some of Edison’s most important inventions, including the incandescent light bulb and electric lighting.
Prior to joining Big Shine Energy, August led an engineering career across multiple industries, including aviation, aerospace, biomedical components and industrial safety. He received a Master of Science in Integrative Health Science and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. August earned a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification in DFSS. He became a LEED Green Associate in 2019 and also serves as a member of EVO, IES and AEE.
Davis Rothenberg is the Product Marketing Manager for Lightcloud – the IoT lighting controls division of RAB Lighting. Davis has been working in marketing for over a decade and possesses an expert knowledge of the technologies companies are adapting today to make their businesses and energy usage more efficient.
SESSION 3 • AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMP APPLICATIONS TO DECARBONIZE OUR BUILDINGS
Dennis Friedrich is a New York-based sales engineer for Daikin North America. He has twenty-five years of experience in the commercial HVAC industry and ten years of experience specifically focused on variable refrigerant volume technology and its control systems. Dennis has a broad range of experience, including systems application, controls design, project installation and commissioning.
SESSION 4 • FUTURE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS
PSEG Long Island
Jossi Fritz-Mauer is Lead Program Support Analyst for PSEG Long Island. In this role, Jossi is responsible for developing the energy efficiency and renewable energy programs offered by PSEG Long Island and reporting on their achievements. Prior to this current role, Jossi was Executive Director for eight years for a non-profit cooperative that offered cost savings and locally-sourced renewable energy to small businesses and residential customers.
Jossi holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Haverford College and has a patent related to renewable energy certificates.
Amelia Axtell has nine years of experience in the energy efficiency industry. She graduated from Mills College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Finance. Amelia is currently a Utility Services Business Development Representative for Lockheed Martin Energy in the Northeast. Her responsibilities include program strategy, business development and management.
Prior to managing the Direct Sales Group, Amelia was Business Development Manager for the Con Edison Commercial, Industrial and Demand Management incentive programs. Prior to Lockheed Martin, Amelia was a Senior Analyst for an energy efficiency consulting company specializing in auditing building systems, energy efficiency, sustainability, and policy in the New York City area.
She also worked for the California Public Utilities Commission, focusing on demand response programs and rate payer advocacy. She has experience with project development, building systems, data center energy efficiency, demand response, public speaking and program implementation.
SESSION 5 • PRIMER ON FINANCING
Energy Tax Savers
Jacob Goldman is the Vice President of Energy Tax Savers. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Buffalo, an MBA from the University of Maine at Orono and is a LEED AP .
He is the co-author of numerous articles related to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, published in Building Operating Management, Worship Facilities Magazine, UNIT Magazine, Green Lodging News, International Parking Institute, Corporate Business Taxation Monthly and Thomson Reuters. He has presented on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to hundreds of corporations, architectural firms, engineering firms, accounting firms, local chapters of USGBC, IFMA, BOMA and AEE, as well as national conferences of NFMT, NALMCO, IGSHPA, PIMA and EMC. He has also been a frequent speaker at GE's Nela Park and Cooper's "The Source" in Peachtree, GA.
Thomas has been in the utility rebate financing industry for 4 years. He has financed projects in 8 states with 11 different utility companies, totaling over $20 million in utility rebates.
MORNING WORKSHOPS II
SESSION 1 • THE 411 ON AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS
National Energy Solutions
Michael Psihoules comes with almost 30 years of developing and delivering energy efficiency and demand response programs for the utility industry. At Fujitsu General America, Mike holds the position of National Energy Solutions Manager and provides utility channel management and relationship development with key influencers in order to educate and promote recent advances in heat pump technology. In his role Mike also supports the development of efficiency programs that drive market transformation and develops emerging markets seeking energy-efficient HVAC alternatives.
Prior to joining the Fujitsu team, Mike spent 18 years as the Regional Director at Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions where he managed sales and delivery of 50+ utility sponsored Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Programs throughout the Northeast and Central Regions of the United States serving over 20 electric and gas utilities.
Bruce Bartlett is the lead HVAC field technician and instructor for PlatskyHVAC. With over 30 years of HVAC experience, he has led and assisted teams of engineers and technicians in the design and construction of hundreds of high-efficiency projects. Bruce has extensive experience training engineers, architects, installers and facility managers on the design process, installation and maintenance of HVAC systems. Bruce’s experience spans a wide range of heating and cooling projects. His invaluable expertise with water- and air-source heat pumps has contributed to many successfully installed cold-climate heat pump systems in the Tri-State area.
SESSION 2 • OPTIMIZING MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
Brian Meneghan is a Senior Account Manager at the Carrier Corporation within the Strategic Account Team. He is a market leader in the utility sector and has over 16 years in the HVAC industry. Brian has helped design over 50,000 tons of chilled water systems and developed multiple energy strategies across the county in 20+ utility programs. Currently, he is working on emerging technologies for conditioning Energy Storage Facilities to develop the most reliable and resilient systems.
Ian Goicochea received his BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and has been working in the HVAC industry concentrating on energy efficiency. Since 2010 he has been concentrating with Variable Refrigerant Flow technology. He currently works for LG Electronics creating the support structure to properly apply and support VRF technology in the New York City market while developing new products that allow this energy saving technology to be applied in more applications.
SESSION 3 • ALL ABOUT GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMPS
Zachary Fink is the owner and lead geothermal designer for ZBF Geothermal, LLC. At ZBF Geothermal, Zach specializes in designing and installing high-performance geothermal heating and cooling systems. He has consulted on, designed and installed projects ranging from 1,500 square foot residential homes to 11 story buildings in New York City.
Over the past 11 years, Zach has been involved in the installation of thousands of tons of geothermal heating and cooling in the NY metro area. Zach is both an IGSHPA accredited installer and trainer. He helped to found both the NY State based geothermal trade associations, NY-GEO and its predecessor LI-GEO.
After serving in the US Navy nuclear power field, Jay Egg began a career in mechanical design engineering and contracting in 1990 and founded Egg Geothermal in Florida to provide HVAC solutions to the public.
Jay currently focuses his professional efforts as a renewable energy expert on geothermal energy utility efforts, solar/geothermal exchange implementation and aquifer-related environmental issues, permitting, feasibility and variances or special permitting such as utility-scale geothermal exchange systems. He can assist with feasibility and permitting efforts on unusual or difficult aquifer and surface water applications. Using down-to-earth learning patterns, Jay provides technical validation and insightful speaking and training engagements.
SESSION 4 • THE ROAD AHEAD: ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Rosemary Mascali is Co-Chair and founder of the USGBC-LI Sustainable Transportation Committee which focuses on the evaluation and promotion of innovative transportation solutions that enhance the sustainability of transportation on Long Island. Prior to her recent retirement, she managed Transit Solutions, a program of the MTA that promotes transit ridership to improve the air quality and reduce transit congestion. Rosemary helped launch the annual celebration of Car Free Day Long Island, now in its 7th year, as well as Long Island Mobility Week, now in its 2nd year.
PSEG Long Island
Michelle Somers is the Program Support Manager of Electric Vehicles for PSEG Long Island. She works in the company’s energy efficiency department and is charged with the development, marketing and administration of the company’s Electric Vehicles program.
Michelle is committed to supporting municipalities, businesses and individuals in adopting electric vehicles across Long Island with opportunities that encourage the build-out of efficient and reliable infrastructure for EVs.
Prior to joining PSEG Long Island, Michelle managed marketing and communications in the technology, financial and retail industries. Michelle earned a B.A. in Media & Communications, and an A.A. in Advertising & Communications from SUNY Empire State College.
SESSION 5 • WASTE CONSERVATION PRACTICES
Carrie Meek Gallagher is the Regional Director for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), overseeing a staff of 188 personnel with responsibility for implementing environmental conservation programs throughout Long Island. The Department’s mission is to conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being.
Previously she served as the Chief Sustainability Officer for the Suffolk County Water Authority, responsible for implementing a sustainability program, including source water protection, water quality improvement, water conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling, green buildings and procurement, waste reduction and environmental education. Prior to becoming Chief Sustainability Officer, she was the Suffolk County Commissioner of the Department of Environment and Energy, safeguarding the county’s natural resources and providing a single centralized office for consideration of issues and activities from the perspective of their impact on the environment.
She holds a B.A. in Sustainable Development and Latin American Studies from Amherst College, an M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland at College Park, and an MBA from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University.
Suffolk County Water Authority
Joe Pokorny has been employed by the Suffolk County Water Authority since 1995. Starting in the Production Control department overseeing maintenance operations on all SCWA water production and storage facilities, Joe was promoted in 1997 to Chief Engineer, responsible for the budgeting, planning, design and construction of all of SCWA’s production, storage and treatment facilities. He then served as Acting Director of Distribution in the Construction and Maintenance department where he oversaw the installation of all pipeline construction, rehabilitation and repair work associated with SCWA’s 5900-mile distribution system.
In his current role as Deputy CEO for Operations, he oversees the engineering, production and distribution of water to approximately 1.2 million Suffolk County residents. Previously, Joe worked for eight years for the Long Island Lighting Company in its Electrical Engineering department, where he worked on a variety of projects from fossil and nuclear power plants to small wastewater treatment plants. He also worked for five years as Engineering Manager for two systems integration companies designing various automation systems for water, wastewater and transportation systems throughout the Northeast United States. Joe has served as the Chairman of the Long Island Water conference and is currently a member of the AWWA Water Utility Council. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, a Master’s in Business Administration from St. John’s University and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York.
SESSION 1 • HIGH PERFORMANCE SOLUTIONS
Andy is the Founder and President of Sealed, an energy and financial technology company that finances home upgrades with energy savings. At Sealed, Andy builds and manages partnerships with utilities and other strategic stakeholders. Prior to Sealed, Andy led business development for Efficiency 2.0, a software company that helped utilities engage their residential customers.
Diane Cabral is the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager with Rheem’s Energy Channel. She is engaged in promoting high-efficient products and incentives through all sales channels including retail, wholesale and utilities. Prior to this she spent one year with Rheem’s retail team covering the Northeast territory.
SESSION 2 • CUSTOM PROJECT SHOWCASE
H2M Architects + Engineers
Erik Heuler is a Project Architect at H2M architects + engineers, where he works on all phases of architectural projects from design development through construction documents and construction administration. In addition to projects, he works extensively with H2M’s Sustainability Committee to advance corporate sustainability initiatives, data driven decisions and integrative design. Erick has previously been a green building consultant and has an extensive knowledge of the LEED green building rating system for both commercial and residential buildings and supports all projects with sustainability objectives regardless of the project’s certification goals.
GRR Cooling Experts
Rafik Galyanurov attended Professional College of Railway Transport in Uzbekistan, Tashkent. After graduation from college, he moved to the United States with his family and worked for a large HVAC contractor as a Lead Sheet Metal Mechanic for a few years. He then acquired a job at NYPH in the HVAC division. This job taught him a lot about HVAC systems, controls and troubleshooting and helped him to hone his skills.
While at NYPH, Rafik and his siblings started a family business called GRR Cooling Experts. Six months later, Rafik ended his tenure with NYPH and joined his brothers at GRR Cooling full time. For the last eight years, GRR Cooling has specialized in providing custom turnkey HVAC solutions to the largest hospitals and universities in the NY metro area. GRR's specialty is retrofits and replacement of existing equipment.
Four years ago, after being fed up with poor customer service, bad quality equipment and long lead time from large HVAC equipment manufacturers, Rafik and his brothers started a second company called Baikal Mechanical. Baikal Mechanical is an OEM that specializes in custom design and fabrication of Air Handler Units, return/exhaust fans, air curtains, large space heaters, etc. Baikal Mechanical is the leading expert in the NY metro area in the specification and design of custom fan arrays for many different types of commercial HVAC systems. Baikal Mechanical's equipment is UL listed and approved by NYCB.
SESSION 3 • BENCHMARKING: MEASURING SUCCESS
Carolyn Scibelli is the Senior Program Manager for NYC/LI Residential and Multifamily Energy Programs for National Grid. Previously she worked for Lockheed Martin as the Residential Energy Affordability Partnership (REAP) Program Coordinator for PSEG Long Island.
Energy Project Consulting
ASHRAE is the American Society of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Engineers and is the organization that develops many of the standards for building performance and life safety that steer the buildings industry. They are a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields, with the vision of providing a healthy and sustainable built environment for all.
Bill serves ASHRAE as the Large Buildings HVAC Applications Committee, Chair of the Regional Refrigeration Committee, Vice President of the Long Island Chapter, and a member of the NY Chapter’s ad-hoc committee on building electrification. He is a past voting member of the Variable Refrigerant Flow technical committee and has contributed to numerous ASHRAE programs and publications. Professionally, Bill is a Principal at Energy Project Consulting, a firm specializing in building energy performance and commissioning.
SESSION 4 • ALL ABOUT SMART METERS & HOME DEVICES
Emmett Romine leads the Sales and Delivery functions within Powerley and focuses on utility customer acquisition, Powerley growth and platform delivery. Emmett has 20 years of experience in the utilities industry, developing continuous improvement capabilities within distribution operations, leading various aspects of the operations and building customer engagement platforms.
Prior to Powerley, Emmett architected and built DTE’s energy efficiency business and was deeply involved with the development of DTE Insight and the formation of Powerley from the original DTE Insight technology. Earlier experiences included managing consulting clients at KPMG and overseeing manufacturing processes as a manufacturing engineer at Nortek.
Emmett holds three degrees including a BA in Physics from William Jewell College, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University.
PSEG Long Island
Balaji Ambriyath is a Group Product Manager and Measurement Systems Manager at PSEG Long Island. In his current role, he manages the day-to-day operations of AMI and MDM Operations and develops the Meter-to-Cash product vision to deliver and improve the customer experience and customer satisfaction through daily interaction with business, external customers, IT stakeholders, procurement, vendors and product teams.
Prior to this role, Balaji has worked as Tech Support Manager at a meter manufacturing company and as a Meter Application Engineer. He also managed load settlement and load research organization for PSEG Long Island. His greatest accomplishment was the introduction of the AMI solution to Long Island.
He has 15 years of utility experience with strong leadership, technical knowledge and business management skills in Meter Engineering, Smart Grid Solutions and Project Management. Balaji has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo, NY and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from University of Madras, India.
SESSION 5 • REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Justin Bell is LIPA's Director of Rates and Regulation and is responsible for directing LIPA's regulatory affairs, rate setting activities and public policy advocacy. In this role, Justin focuses on influencing energy policy and regulations in support of LIPA’s mission to enable clean, reliable and affordable electric service for its customers. Justin joined LIPA in 2014 and previously served as Assistant General Counsel. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Evelyn Dean joined Lockheed Martin Energy in the fall of 2016 as an inspector, where she quickly became familiar with the customer experience and the positive impacts of utility-offered rebate programs. Currently, Evelyn works on the Program Planning and Design team. She is responsible for the development of applications, program tools, participant engagement strategies, and more, on behalf of PSEG Long Island. Evelyn has a B.A. in English Literature and has earned the LEED Green Associate credential. She is excited to continue her work in the energy efficiency industry and hopes her efforts will contribute to a cleaner, greener environment.