Bluegrass Chapter Meeting

Meeting Title: May 2015 Seminar and Golf Outing
Meeting Details:

May 2015 Seminar and Golf Outing

Golf Outing



  • 8am to 12pm -- Seminar
  • 12pm -- Lunch (included with seminar or golf registration)
  • Approximately 1pm -- Golf (Shotgun Start)


Demand Limiting:  Why it matters NOW for Kentucky and Strategies that Work TODAY

  1. Topic Intro: Why It Matters – Britney Thompson, University of Kentucky
    1. What is demand? Why is there a separate charge for demand?
    2. Example KU rates – impact of demand on bottom line costs
  2. Load Shifting – Earl Fredrick, Calmac
    1. Air cooled chillers and Ice Storage
  3. Combined Heat - Power – Tom Abele, Harshaw Trane
    1. Case study Ft Knox energy independence project

Topics Summary

Utility Demand Charges: What they are and why they matter

Demand charges make up a sizable portion of electricity bills for commercial and industrial customers, and if left unchecked can significantly drive up costs. Britney Thompson will explain the concept of electricity demand and share some examples from The University of Kentucky and Fayette County Public Schools on how demand can impact the bottom line. 

Britney Thompson

Britney Thompson – Energy Engineer, University of Kentucky

Britney Thompson is the Energy Engineer for the University of Kentucky Campus Physical Plant and previously worked as the Energy Manager for Fayette County Public Schools. She is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and is a Board Member with the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council. Britney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UK and is originally from Somerset, KY.

Load Shifting: Thermal Storage for Kentucky

Design professionals will learn what Energy Storage is, why it is needed to achieve sustainability, and the different types of energy storage technologies, specifically focusing on thermal energy storage. Designers will understand air-conditioning's role in efficiency, sustainability, and its various benefits after taking this course.

Earl Rudolph

Earl Rudolph –Midwest Regional Sales Manager, Calmac

Earl Rudolph has been the Midwest Regional Sales Manager at CALMAC for 13 years.  Prior to that he was the General Sales Manager at Tecumseh Products International for 14 years.  He has been working in the HVAC industry for 35 years and holds a BSME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo.

Combined Heat & Power

The historically low price of natural gas has Kentucky manufacturers, universities, and other large power consumers considering or already implementing 'micro-grid' strategies that leverage Combined Heat and Power technology. This presentation will explain the substantial economic and reliability benefits that local power production can provide. Case study information from a Kentucky project will also be presented.

Tom Abele

Tom Abele - Business Unit Leader Building System Solutions, Harshaw Trane

Tom Abele is a member of Kentucky's Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Steering Committee whose purpose is to set guidance and strategy for multiple work groups to explore CHP, educate the industry on the advantages of CHP, and to aid the implementation of CHP in Kentucky. Tom is also a founding member and treasurer of Kentucky's EPAD council which provides a financing mechanism for commercial building owners to purchase energy savings projects such as those that implement CHP. Tom is a graduate of Community College of Allegheny – Pittsburgh as well as the University of Southern California and the University of Saint Thomas Global Management.

Meeting Start: May 8, 2015, 8 a.m.
Meeting End: May 8, 2015, noon
Location Details:http://www.bluegrassashrae.org/events-schedule/meeting-locations/kearney-hill-golf-links
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To Register for the Seminar and/or Golf Outing please use the RSVP link above.  Sponsorship and team opportunities are available using the submission form below!

GolfRegistrationAndSponsorships.docx (382.2 KB)

The slides for all of the seminar presenters is available in PDF format (approximately 10 MB) for attendees.

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