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Winter Forum 2017

  • Vancouver Water Resources Education Center (map)
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Winter 2017 Forum

Watt's The Skinny On Lighting These Days?

When:   Friday, December 8th, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (hours approximate)
Where:   Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 
               4600 Southeast Columbia Way, Vancouver, Washington 98661

Why:   Please save the date and plan to join us for our winter forum on December 8th at the Water Resource Center in Vancouver where we will discover how the lighting industry is evolving and why that matters to each of us as energy managers, product representatives, engineers, and owners.

A few of the topics we are looking to tackle include:

  • Internet of Things and how that is being used with sub metering, tenant control, and occupancy
  • LED technology advancements
  • How lighting colors, frequency, and design can impact environmental conditions
  • Effectiveness and value of integrating lighting controls with other building controls systems
  • Wireless lighting controls options and reliability

CEU:  Continuing Education Units available for this forum

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Fall Forum 2017
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Fall Forum 2017

Fall 2017 Forum

The Changing Energy Landscape in the Pacific Northwest

When:   Friday, September 29, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (hours approximate)
Where:  Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210

Why:  Please join APEM and gain a deeper understanding of the political, economic and social forces driving the clean energy industry. Walk away with insights into how to meet the current challenges and position your company or organization to take advantage of future opportunities. Hear firsthand from a City of Portland representative who will provide an update on the City of Portland and Multnomah County’s carbon emissions reduction goals, with a focus on reducing emissions from commercial building energy consumption. Learn about the forces shaping the markets for renewable energy, energy efficiency and new fuels.

This forum will address timely issues, including:

  • How energy efficiency can enhance business profitability.
  • How community solar projects are progressing in both Washington and Oregon.
  • How is new legislature shaping the renewable energy industry? How does this model work financially for all partners?
  • What does all this mean for the market of energy and utility contracts for future power supplies?

Scheduled Presenters:

  • Vinh Mason, Green Building Policy Coordinator, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  • Tom Haymaker, Manager Energy Planning and Operations, Clark Public Utilities
  • Matt Babbitts, Energy Services Project Manager, Clark Public Utilities

CEU:  Continuing Education Units available for this forum

Both breakfast and lunch catered by Elephant's Delicatessen

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Oregon APEM Second Annual Summer Social
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Oregon APEM Second Annual Summer Social

  • McMenamins Kennedy School, South end community meeting room (map)
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Oregon APEM Second Annual Summer Social

When:   Thursday, August 24, 2017, 4:00pm-6:30pm

Where:   McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211.  South end community meeting room

Why:  Please join us for an awesome networking and social afternoon!  This event is simply social and an opportunity for you to network with your colleagues.  There are fun activities planned.   Food as well as 2 drink tickets will be provided with your registration.  Proof of registration will be required at the door.  We ask that you register online as registrations will be limited due to room size.  Cost is $10.  You can either pay online or at the door.  See you there!


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Summer Forum 2017

  • UA Local 290 Plumbers & Steamfitters Building (map)
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Please join us for a look at how to change seasons from boilers to chillers and from chillers to boilers most effectively and efficiently.  The forum will also include a general look at trends in boiler and chiller efficiency in an effort to help you choose wisely!

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Spring Forum 2017
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Spring Forum 2017

  • Clackamas Community College Training Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This March, join fellow energy management professionals, utility representatives, owners, property managers, policymakers, energy engineers and service providers for the 2016 APEM Spring Forum at NW Natural in Portland, Oregon. We will look at the features and capabilities of meter-level EMIS tools developed by energy efficiency professionals. We’ll then dive deeper into applications for M&V in commercial and industrial facilities. Next, we’ll inspire you with an expert-led panel session exploring how EMIS-based programs and advanced EIS for whole-building analysis have the ability to not only capture energy savings potential, but reduce costs, strengthen communication, and support long-term improvements in energy management practices. To end, we’ll turn you loose for lunch to engage with your peers and build connections with others from around Oregon and SW Washington.   

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Winter Forum 2016

Winter Forum 2016   

"Leading the Market: A Look at Energy Efficiency in a Constantly Evolving Market"

When: December 9, 2016, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Leftbank Annex, Suite 012, 101 N. Weidler
(Suite 012 Entry of Wheeler Ave)
Portland, Oregon
(Venue is across the street from the Rose Quarter and easily accessible by bus, MAX and the Portland Streetcar)

Why: Please join us for an information packed event that will be focused on the past, present and future of energy efficiency in the Northwest. Charlie Grist will be on hand to share an overview of the history of energy efficiency in the Northwest, before shifting the discussion to the current state of the Northwest power system and the factors influencing electrical use. Charlie will end his portion of the program with an overview of the seventh plan and a facilitated discussion among attendees on Commercial energy efficiency. Jeff Harris will be in attendance to share work that is being done by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) to transform markets in order to meet the targets set forth by the seventh plan and produce energy savings for the region. Next, Larry Blaufus will share a utility perspective on energy efficiency. Larry will talk about the importance of energy efficiency to utilities and how Clark Public Utilities uses energy efficiency in their integrated resources plan to keep rates stable and reliability high. The session will conclude with the APEM business meeting, and the announcement of the winner of the 2016 Energy Manager of the Year Award.

8:00 - 8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35 Welcome by Oregon APEM Board President
8:35 - 9:35 Charlie Grist, Northwest Power & Conservation Council
9:35 - 9:45 Networking Break
9:45 - 10:30 Jeff Harris, NEEA
10:30 – 11:15 Larry Blaufus, Clark Public Utilities
11:15 - 11:30 Networking Break
11:30 – 12:00 EMOTY Awards Presentation
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch & Oregon APEM Annual Business Meeting

 Charlie Grist, Manager, Conservation Resourses, Northwest Power & Conservation Council
 Jeff Harris, Chief Transformation Officer, NEEA
 Larry Blaufus, Key Account Manager, Clark Public Utilities
 2016 Energy Manager of the Year Receipient

CEU:  Continuing Education Units available for this forum

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2016 Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Training in Portland Oregon

PORTLAND, Oregon (June 15, 2016) - The Association of Energy Engineers Columbia River Chapter (AEE CRC) today announced that they will host a comprehensive five-day Training Program for Energy Managers in Portland this fall. The nonprofit organization acts as a local training conduit for national certifications. The increasingly recognized and requested Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) certification exam will be proctored on the final day of the training.

The special five-day seminar provides an in-depth, comprehensive learning and problem-solving forum for those who want a broader understanding of the latest energy cost reduction strategies. The program begins by examining the fundamentals within all key areas of energy management. Students then learn, system by system, how to diagnose and analyze energy savings opportunities.

The Training Program will take place October 10-14, 2016 at Veris Industries in the Portland metro area (12345 SW Leveton Dr, Tualatin, OR 97062). Daily schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes breakfast and lunch. The price of the course and exam is $1,995. Early bird registration before September 9th is $1,775. This price includes the course, application/exam fee, study materials, the Guide to Energy Management, and food for the event. A special live seminar application for this event will be provided after registration.

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) instructor Eric Woodroof will teach the course. Woodroof, who has led the CEM program on five continents, states, "The new energy/carbon requirements in the US will absolutely make the CEM even more desired by employers and energy consumers."

"The CEM certification has become the de facto standard in the energy efficiency industry,” said Pat Lydon, former President of Columbia River Chapter. Since its inception in 1981, the Certified Energy Manager credential has become widely accepted and used as a measure of professional accomplishment within the energy management field. It has gained industry-wide use as the standard for qualifying energy professionals both in the United States and abroad.

About the Columbia River Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers
The Columbia River Chapter is the local chapter of the national Association of Energy Engineers. AEE CRC is dedicated to helping the community implement energy efficient technologies to reduce expenses, improve the environment and bolster our economy. The nonprofit organization acts as a local training conduit for national certifications, to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development. AEE is a nonprofit professional society of over 16,000 members in 89 countries, offering a full array of informational outreach programs, seminars, conferences, journals, books and certification programs. AEE's network of 82 local chapters meets regularly to discuss regional issues.

Register for the CEM training now!

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Fall Forum 2016
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Fall Forum 2016

Please join us for the Oregon APEM Fall Forum focused on the business case of energy efficiency. Often short paybacks and large energy savings are not enough to get an energy efficiency project approved. Multiple agendas and driving forces collide during the planning and implementation of energy efficiency projects. Often non-energy benefits are the driving force to receiving approval for an energy efficiency project. Learn more from our speakers who are constantly driving energy efficiency projects within their organizations.  

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Energy Efficiency in the Indoor Agriculture Industry
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Energy Efficiency in the Indoor Agriculture Industry

Join Us For Our Summer Social/Barbecue! 

When:   Thursday, August 11, 2016, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Where:   NW Natural-4th Floor, On the Balcony!

              220 NW 2nd AV, Portland, OR 97209

Why:  NW Natural agreed to host a social event for Oregon APEM, utilizing its 4th floor balcony that overlooks portions of downtown Portland.  The event is only $10 for members and non-members.   Food and drinks (hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, wine, pop) will be provided.  Each attendee will receive two drink tickets at their admission.

This will be a great time to socialize and meet others in the industry.  We will also have a brief presentation that will focus on Energy Efficiency in Indoor Agriculture, as well as a discussion on different vantage points of the current climate.

However, while there will be a presentation, the main focus will be Networking!

Register Now!


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Summer Forum 2016
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Summer Forum 2016

Summer 2016 Forum    

Introducing New Variables;
Developments in Variable Speed Technology

June 3rd, 2016

Holiday Inn
25425 SW 95th Ave, Wilsonville, OR 97070

Please join us for the APEM Summer Forum focused on new developments in variable speed technology. Our experienced and knowledgeable speakers will share their expertise and experiences from decades the field. After an introduction to the theories and practicalities of variable speed technology, we will learn about new applications for variable speed compressors and follow a case study of the implementation of variable speed technology on air and water systems. This forum will also feature vendors who will be there to answer your questions and provide hands-on learning opportunities.

8:00 - 8:30 - Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35 - Welcome by APEM President
8:35 - 9:35 - VFDs, Motors and Energy Savings - Reid Hart, Senior Buildings Research
                     and Development Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
9:40 - 10:00 - Break/Networking
10:00 - 11:00 - VFDs in Real World Applications - Bob Fassiotto, Oregon Air Reps
11:05 - 12:00 - Developments in Variable Speed Compressors Technology -
                       Daniel Driver, TraneOregon
12:00 – 1:00 - Lunch/Networking
1:00 - 2:00 - Case Study of Air and Water Side Variable Speed Technology -
                     Creighton Kearns, PE, Total Mechanical, Inc.


Reid Hart - Senior Buildings Research and Development Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
• Bob Fassiotto - Oregon Air Reps
• Daniel Driver - TraneOregon
• Creighton Kearns - PE, Total Mechanical, Inc

CEU: Continuing Education Units are available for this forum

Forum Announcement Pdf.

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Winter Forum 2015
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Winter Forum 2015

Please join us for our 2015 Winter Forum

Improving Energy Efficiency Now

& In the Years to Come

When:  December 4th - 8:30 am - 1:35 pm

Where: City of Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center
             4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98661

Description: The forum day will begin with a regional focus. Charlie Grist will discuss the Northwest’s power system and the factors influencing electrical use. Charlie will provide background on the history of the Northwest Conservation and Electric Power Plans and insight into the future on the soon-to-be adopted Seventh Power Plan. Kim Crossman and JP Batmale will show how the seventh power plan is translated into action through organizations like the Energy Trust, BPA and other local utilities. Aaron Leatherwood will provide further details on how businesses can leverage local programs to make energy efficiency projects cost effective while avoiding pitfalls. The Oregon APEM annual business meeting will be held and we will announce the winner of this year’s Energy Manager of the Year Award.

8:30-9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15         Welcome by APEM Board President
9:15-10:10        Seventh Power Plan, Charlie Grist, Northwest Power & Conservation Council
10:10-10:30      Break/Networking
10:30-11:15       Moving from Plans to Action, Kim Crossman and JP Batmale, Energy Trust
11:15-11:45        Energy Manager of the Year Award Presentation
11:45-12:45       Lunch and Annual Business Meeting
12:45-1:30        Energy Efficiency Lighting Initiatives, Aaron Leatherwood, Evergreen                          Consulting Group


  • Charlie Grist, Manager, Conservation Resources
    Charlie will be discussing the Seventh Northwest Power Plan that is currently being developed by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. The plan is scheduled to be adopted in 2016, which is over 30 after the first power plan was released in 1983. Charlie will discuss the history of the Northwest power plans, current context and he summarize the next 20 years as modeled in the plan.
  •  Kim Crossman, Industrial Sector Lead and JP Batmale, Planning Program Manager
    Kim and JP will connect planning and goal setting based on the seventh power plan. They will discuss the role Energy Trust, BPA and other public play in regards to the northwest power plan. Additionally they will cover how these programs work and available incentives.
  • Aaron Leatherwood, Program Manager & Lighting Specialist
    Aaron will discuss the incentive programs available in Oregon and Washington, with the focus on lighting incentives.  Aaron will discuss how best to take advantage of the available programs, from learning about the program, deciding who installs the product, processing the paperwork and pitfalls to avoid.  The goal is to receive your incentives in a timely manner and enjoy your energy savings for years to come.

CEU: Continuing Education Units available for this forum

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Fall Forum 2015
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Fall Forum 2015

  • Clackamas Community College, Wilsonville Campus (map)
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Please join us for our 2015 Fall Forum!


Tuning, Tracking, and Troubleshooting: Digital Controls For Modern Buildings

Building and Lighting Controls; What Do I Need To Know?


When:  September 18th - 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Clackamas CC, Wilsonville Training Center, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville, OR 97070

Why: So many people, even those in the energy industry, have questions about building controls and information systems. This event will contain practical information for the typical building owner, as well as tips, tricks and info for contractors, system designers and installers. The forum will include:

  • Discussions on common controls issues
  • A presentation on what to look for in a new controls system
  • A presentation on designing and commissioning a controls system
  • A discussion on how owners can use building analytics to curb their energy costs and help equipment run more efficiently
  • Updates on incentives and new technology. Vendors will be on site to share the newest technology and personally explain the details of their state-of-the-art controls equipment

This will also be a fantastic opportunity for networking and professional growth. Please join us for our Fall Forum on September 18th in Wilsonville.

8:00-8:30am   Registration and continental breakfast – visit with exhibitors
8:30-8:45am   Welcome by Colleen Collins, Oregon APEM President
8:45–9:30am   What’s The Meaning of all This? Controls 101, a discussion of terms
                         BacNet, LonWorks, Global Controllers, Analytics, System Integration, 
                         I/O,   communication buses, Network Architecture, etc-Matt Travis,
                         Trane of Oregon
9:30-10:30am   Standard and Innovative Controls Designs and Techniques for
                          Energy Savings-Mike Hatten, Solarc
10:30-11:00am  Networking Break and Visit With Exhibitors
11:00-Noon       Commissioning Controls in Both New and Existing Buildings-Bryan Welsh
Noon-12:15pm   Vendor Introductions
12:15-1:00pm     Catered Lunch (As Good As It Gets Catering by Cheryl’s on 12th)
1:00-1:15pm       Overview of Controls Incentives-Energy Trust of Oregon
1:15-2:15pm        How to Utilize Building Analytics-Brice Kosnik, BuildPulse

Matt Travis, Trane of Oregon
Mike Hatten, Solarc
Bryan Welsh, Welsh Commissioning Group
Brice Kosnik, BuildPulse


CEU: Continuing Education Units available for this forum

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2014 NEC® Code Changes with Amendments Course (8 hours) Paid Course

This one-day course is designed to assist the participant in learning key changes in the 2014 National Electrical Code. Attendees earn eight Continuing Education Units for their Oregon or Washington electrical license renewal. Also qualifies for State of Washington Basic Classroom Credits for Trainees.

PGE Special Sponsored Rate: $250 per person, valued at $399. Registration desdline is August 13.

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Calculating Energy Costs Webinar

How do you know if you are saving on energy costs? At this webinar you will learn how much energy your equipment is utilizing and how you can calculate energy costs. You will also learn what you should be purchasing and how you can maximize operating improvements and dollar savings from energy efficiency projects.

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Energy Monitoring Tools Webinar

Reducing energy use is one of the quickest and most effective ways to save money in your facility. Some of the most powerful and easy-to-use tools for tracking your energy use are available online and through updating simple worksheets. Learn about available resources and practices you can implement now to begin monitoring and tracking energy use to save.

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