October Meeting Announcement

Please join us at 11:30 a.m. this Wednesday October 11th for a presentation on Retro-commissioning by Pat Enck with CxGBS. Our meeting will be held at Calhoun's Turkey Creek, the price is $20 and includes lunch and a PDH. Hope to see you there. 

August Meeting Announcement

We at the East Tennessee Chapter hope all of you had a great Summer. As it draws to an end, we hope you look forward to our next meeting on August 9th at Calhoun's Turkey Creek. Our speaker will be Mr. Ernie M. Bowles, P.E. with the Clinton Utilities Board. See below for details. 

Title: Fault Location, Isolation, Sectionalizing & Restoration (FLISR) 

Abstract: With ever-increasing customer demands for a highly reliable supply of electric power and energy, distribution utilities must avail themselves of new technology and evolving design techniques to insure customer satisfaction.  One of the newest and most effective ways to meet this challenge is through the use of fault location, isolation, sectionalizing & restoration (FLISR) at the medium voltage operating level.

Bio: Ernie Bowles currently serves as the Assistant General Manager and Director of Engineering & Operations for Clinton Utilities Board in Clinton, Tennessee.  His experience includes over 31 years in the electric utility distribution industry focusing on medium voltage design and operating solutions.  He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee.

Please RSVP via the EventBrite email to follow or email someone in the officer's tab above. Hope to see you there! 

June Meeting Announcement

Please join us at Calhoun's Turkey Creek this Wednesday 6/14/17 at 11:30 for our June meeting. Please note there will be no July meeting. See below for details. 


BRUCE H. GORELICK, Ameresco:  Manager, Energy W.A.S.T.E Services


Thirty‐four years’ experience in diagnostic testing and design/specification of steam traps, leak testing compressed air, nitrogen and inert gas systems and related equipment in a wide diversity of entities including: refineries, hospitals, colleges, chemical, pharmaceutical production, pulp & paper industries, food and beverage industries and electric power generating facilities. Authored or co‐authored approx. 15 articles on the subject of steam traps and ultrasonic testing of compressed air/inert gas systems. 
Articles published in national industry publications:
Plant Services Magazine;PlantEngineering,ChemicalProcessing,PlantMaintenance,Reliable Plant Magazine, and Valve Magazine. 
Authorized by the State of North Carolina, Office of Natural Resources, to conduct steam trap testing under its rebate program. Authorized National Distributor for UESystems,Inc., manufacturer of the Ultraprobe. Past Participant on the Steering Committee of the US Government Alliance to Save Energy Best Practices Steam. 
Created & performed steam service training seminars including:
(1)    Testing steam trap performance
(2)    Selection and application of steam traps
(3)    Steam trap repair and maintenance
(4)    Steam energy conservation methods
(5)    trouble‐shooting as team system and
(6)    principles & use of ultrasonic technology. 

Partner, Conserv‐it Software,Inc., software to produce steam, gas & air data reports. Developed repeatable training program to certify steam trap and air/gas leak auditors.

His topic will be on steam traps and their energy usage, including:
•    Selecting the proper steam trap for the application
•    The importance of testing steam traps on a regular basis
•    How failed steam traps impact the system from the standpoint of energy loss
and system (equipment) failures.

May Presentation Announcement

Please join us on Wednesday May 10th at Calhoun's Turkey Creek for our May Meeting. Our speaker is Jason Ray with TVA. Mr. Ray will be speaking on the TVA EnergyRight Solutions program and how it has shifted focus from being exclusively Energy Efficiency oriented to a focus on Efficient Electrification as well. A special topic will involve discussions of the CHP projects for KUB and Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. 

April Meeting Announcement

Please join us for our April Meeting on the 12th at Calhoun's Turkey Creek at 11:30. Several of Dr. Bill Miller's students will be presenting on a battery technology research effort they have been conducting at UT. 

March Meeting Announcement

Our March speaker is Bob Starling. Bob is our Region II AEE Vice-President. Please join us on March 8th at 11:30 for lunch at Calhoun's in Turkey Creek. 

Bob is a retired Federal civilian with a long and extremely distinguished career in the energy management field. One of the most important aspect of Bob’s experience is that, he served as one of the primary leaders of the Army’s facility energy program working with the Army Corps of Engineers “Center” in Huntsville (CEHNC). There, he worked his way up through the energy program where he was eventually in-charge of developing & running the operations of the Army’s ESPC program, worldwide. At the point of his retirement from the Corps of Engineers, he was a Division Chief in-charge of a handful of programs, energy/ESPC being just one of them.
After retirement from Federal Service, Bob worked for 2 years as a Regional Director for Ameresco and then started his own energy consulting business.  He has a BS in Engineering from NC State University and a MS in Engineering Management from the University of Alabama.  He is a CEM and a CDSM.  For fun, he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, scuba diving, and is a certified private pilot for single engine airplanes.

February Meeting

Please join us for our meeting on February 8th. Our speaker will be Mr. Venkat Venkatesh of Clayton Industries. Mr. Venkatesh has the following credentials and industry experience:

•    Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario with over 31 years of experience in the field of power boiler manufacturing and steam system design.
•    Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
•    US Department Of Energy accredited “Steam System Expert”.

The presentation title is: “Energy Savings Analysis between a Steam generator & Conventional Boiler” with an “on-the-spot” case study.

We will have the entire room to ourselves this time, so feel free to invite a friend or colleague. Lunch is $25 and includes a PDH certificate. Please RSVP through the EventBrite Email or bring cash/check. Hope to see you there!  


January Meeting

Thanks to those who helped make our first meeting of the year a huge success. We had a total of 23 in attendance and managed to cram into less than half of our usual meeting space. Click here to view a presentation of Intellihot's technology and offerings. 

January Meeting

Happy New Year everyone! Please join us at Calhoun's in Turkey Creek on January 11th for our first meeting of the calendar year. Our speaker is Mr. Justin M. Shreiner, Regional Sales Manager (Southeast) for Intellihot Green Technologies 

 Justin has more than 17 years of experience in the plumbing and water heating industry.  He has held multiple positions at the contractor level as an installer and service tech, a well-known rep agency as a territory sales manager and now for a manufacturer as their southeastern regional sales manager.   As a regional sales manager for Intellihot, Justin is responsible for implementing specific strategies to increase sales and product awareness throughout a 12 state region.  His day to day activities include working with and educating contractors, wholesalers, rep agencies, engineers and owners.  Some have even called him a “Tankless Guru”. Justin graduated from Indiana University – Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing and a concentration in International Business.  He enjoys snow skiing, motorcycles, mountain biking, craft beer and spending time with his wife and newborn son. 


The presentation will be focused on the following 4 objectives:

- Current tank and boiler designs - How did we get there?

- What is needed for water heating systems to work as "tankless" or on-demand in the commercial world?

- True impact of draw profiles on traditional boiler and tank type systems

- How to size tankless?  How to eliminate over design and unneeded redundancy?  How self-learning optimizes systems?

Please RSVP via the Eventbrite invitation. If you're having trouble receiving them please contact us. 

Hope to see you there. 

-The Webmaster


Happy Holidays from ETC AEE

Thank you everyone for another great year for our local chapter. For those interested, we will be meeting for dinner at Soccer Taco on Northshore on December 22 at 5:30. Please RSVP via email if you would like to join for merriment and discussion. 

FEMP Funding Opportunity Announcement

FEMP 2017 Funding Opportunity Announcement “Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017" was released on 22 November 2016. Letters of intent (LOI) are due by December 22, 2016, and full applications are due by January 30, 2017. Applicants must submit a LOI to be eligible to submit a full application. To apply to AFFECT 2017, applicants must register with and submit application materials through the EERE Exchange https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/  . Send direct questions regarding this FOA to FOA.AFFECT4@ee.doe.gov .

The AFFECT 2017 FOA (DE-FOA-0001667) will provide grants to federal agencies for projects in three topic areas: (1) Combined Heat and Power, (2) Renewable Energy and (3) Energy Efficiency Deep Retrofits. Applicants will be asked to show how the proposed project results are conducive to broader adoption at other Federal facilities, impacting the direction, strategy, and thinking of the agency to engage in similar efforts. The anticipated total funding level for AFFECT 2017 is $3.0 million, subject to appropriations, with anticipated funding per award to be between approximately $100,000 and $1.0 million.

Letters of intent (LOI) are due by December 22, 2016, and full applications are due by January 30, 2017. Applicants must submit a LOI to be eligible to submit a full application. To apply to AFFECT 2017, applicants must register with and submit application materials through the EERE Exchange. Send direct questions regarding this FOA to FOA.AFFECT4@ee.doe.gov.

Updated information will be posted on the AFFECT page on FEMP's website as it becomes available. An informational webinar on the AFFECT FOA will be held on December 13, 2016. Click here to register for the webinar.

ETCAEE Scholarship 2016

The East Tennessee Chapter of AEE is pleased to announce the first round of scholarships for our chapter. The scholarship recipients are University of Tennessee students in good standing with the College of Engineering and competitive GPAs who have an interest in the Energy Industry. These scholarships are made possible by your continued support of ETC AEE, and we thank you. We would also like to express our gratitude for Brian Shupe at UT for helping coordinate this effort, and to the UT students who have chosen to invest their time to mutually benefit our organization. 

From Left to Right: Isaac Bosley-Treasurer, Jim Warren-President Emeritus, Bryan Martin-President Emeritus and Founding Father, David Hopper-Vice President, Mikayla Ehrsam-Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate, Eric Auel-Electrical Engineering Undergraduate, Kim Smith-President, Brian Shupe-Senior Director of Engineering Development, Travis Greene-Nuclear Engineering Undergraduate 

From Left to Right: Isaac Bosley-Treasurer, Jim Warren-President Emeritus, Bryan Martin-President Emeritus and Founding Father, David Hopper-Vice President, Mikayla Ehrsam-Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate, Eric Auel-Electrical Engineering Undergraduate, Kim Smith-President, Brian Shupe-Senior Director of Engineering Development, Travis Greene-Nuclear Engineering Undergraduate 

November Meeting

Please join us at Rothchild Catering on Kingston Pike on November 16th for our November meeting. This meeting will be a joint effort with the East Tennessee Chapter of ASHRAE. 

The meeting topic is ice storage systems. You can find the full bio and abstract on ETN ASHRAE's website. 

You may RSVP by paying online via eventbrite or by email to the webmaster. Otherwise, you may use cash or credit at the door. Hope to see you there! 

ORNL Site Tour

AEE and ASHRAE East Tennessee Chapters conducted a site tour of the ORNL Data Center Facilities and subsystems. Thank you to those who attended. If you have ideas for facility tours feel free to contact the AEE officers. 

Titan Supercomputer

Titan Supercomputer

Titan Specifications 

Titan Specifications 

AEE Member David Grant showcases his work. 

AEE Member David Grant showcases his work. 

October Meeting and ORNL Site Tour

ETC AEE member David Grant will be presenting to us on the 12th. His topic is "HPC Data Center Cooling Design Considerations." A site tour of ORNL will follow on the 26th. Reservations must be made by October 19th. Please email the Webmaster to reserve your spot. Click here for more info. 


This presentation will discuss the new ASHRAE Standard 90.4 – Energy Standard for Data Centers.  In addition, design features, types of equipment,  best practices, and lessons learned will be discussed, all in the interest of making a data center more efficient.  A design overview of the cooling systems for “Summit” (the next supercomputer) will be given in anticipation of an October 26th site visit to ORNL open to ETC AEE members. 


David Grant graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2003 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He has been at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for 7 years where he has been involved with the design, construction, and operation of the mechanical systems supporting the Computational Facilities Complex which operates the Titan Super Computer.  ORNL has over 18,000 tons of cooling capacity in its chilled water system and over 100,000 square feet of data center space.  He is currently a co-chair of the Energy Efficient HPC Working Group Infrastructure sub-team and is a corresponding member of ASHRAE TC9.9.  David is also holds these energy-management related certifications:  Certified Energy Manager (CEM) from the Association of Energy Engineers and Data Center Energy Practitioner – Specialist (DCEP) from the Department of Energy.

September Meeting

Please join us on September 14th at Calhoun's Turkey Creek for a presentation by Jason Arnwine of EMR Associates. 


Mr. Arnwine works in the Automation division of EMR, covering Eastern Tennessee from Chattanooga to the Tri-Cities.  Products are sold through electrical distributors.  Brozelco is their local distributor for Rittal products. 

Mr. Arnwine is a graduate of UT Knoxville (Class of '95) and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering.  Mr. Arnwine has spent his entire career with electrical distributors and manufacturers. 

Mr. Arnwine lives Knoxville with his wife of 16 years and two sons, is active in his local church, enjoys UT sports, NASCAR, and distance running.

Abstract and Itinerary:

 1.    Introduction to Rittal Enclosures/Climate Control
2.    History of Climate Control Products
3.    Customer requirements of climate control
4.    Features of the New Blue E+ Product
a.    Efficiency - 75% more efficient with hybrid technology
b.    Safety
c.    Versatility
d.    User-Friendly
5.    Summary
6.    Questions
7.    Mobile Unit Tour