Notes from the President

First, I would like to say that I am honored to be one of the first members of the newly formed Association of Energy Engineers North Carolina Piedmont Chapter (quite a mouthful).  I have long been a member of AEE and have attended many of the national conventions.  I have even been on a tour or two in Raleigh with the long-established Raleigh Chapter, but, like most of you, it is difficult to make many meetings when the meetings are a three hour drive.  Therefore, with the vision of Joe Waters (whom we all owe a great deal of gratitude for his efforts), a chapter to serve the piedmont and western part of North Carolina (as well as northern South Carolina) has been officially established.  We will receive our charter from National in October and then we will be off on our mission “to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for Sustainable Development”.

The AEE has 82 chapters in the US and over 16,000 members in 89 countries.  If you have not visited their website, please do so at www.Aeecenter.org.  (We also have our own website, which is being formed by Allan Evora, at http://aee-ncpc.org.)  Charlotte, in its quest to be “The Energy Capital” has never had a local AEE chapter.  When Joe Waters approached me about forming a chapter, my first thought was that it was long overdue.  So the first thing we had to do was get volunteers.  As in most new organizations, the first people who are asked to volunteer become the defacto leaders until the organization grows.  In our newly formed chapter, we have interim officers, with myself as President, Allan Evora as Treasurer, Joe Waters as Membership, Eric Bolin as Vice President, and Shane Nault as Secretary.

Our goal is to have at least one meeting per quarter, with most meetings being held at the new UNCC building in downtown Charlotte.  The will be held on the third Tuesday during lunch of the month that we hold a meeting.  Our first meeting, held at Piedmont Natural Gas, was a success, with over 30 attendees.  Our next meeting will be on August 20th, at UNCC, with guest speaker Allan Evora speaking on “Measurement and Verification”.  Lunch will be served and we are asking for $10 donations until we can get chapter funding established.  On October 9th we will hold a tour of the new UNCC EPIC building on their main campus.  We also hope to have a social event in December so that this new chapter can get to know each other.

Lastly, we hope to hold a week long Certified Energy Manager Training course here in Charlotte.  At the present time, you have to travel somewhere else around the country to take the course.  Our goal is to offer it locally, if there is enough interest.  I hope that you are as excited as I am to be able to have a local peer group of people interested in all facets of energy.  Together, we can all help to make Charlotte “The Energy Capital”.

 

Keith Pehl