2018, October 19

FSEC Advisory Board Meeting

2018, October 19
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CCTS Conference Room
1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: 321-638-1000


Time Description Speaker
10:00 a.m. Welcome Mike Faas, Chair
10:10 a.m. Approval of March 30, 2018 Meeting Minutes Mike Faas, Chair
10:15 a.m. Presentation: Status of FSEC Programs Jim Fenton
10:30 a.m. National, States, and Florida State and Cities Energy Policy

Report of Florida Energy Office

Louis Rotundo

Kelley Smith Burk

11:00 a.m. FSEC Energy Research Center Website Sherri Shields
11:20 a.m. Presentation: Clean Cities (Alternative Fuel Transportation) Doug Kettles
11:40 a.m. Presentation: PV and Energy Storage Adam Nygaard CHP, Microgrids, & Energy Storage Development Duke Energy – Distributed Energy Technologies
1:00 p.m. Lunch (Buffet)
 1:15 p.m.  City of Orlando Energy Update, Smart Energy Innovation Network (Orlando/OUC/FSEC/NREL/RMI)  Chris Castro
 1:15 p.m. Presentation: Floating Solar in Florida Stetson Tchividjian, Business Development Manager D3energy
 1:45 p.m. Board Business

  • Date and Agenda for Next Advisory Board Meeting
  • Future Board Activities (New SWOT review?)
Mike Faas,

Jim Fenton

2:00 p.m. Adjournment


Meeting Minutes (Approved)

Attendees: Paul Allen, John Anderson, Chris Castro, Jill Dvarecaks, Peter DeNapoli, Mike Faas, Jim Fenton, Linda Ferrone, Susan Schumann, Peter King, David Winslow, Dave Click, Helda Rodriguez, Louis Rotundo, C.T. Hsu, Dave Roboau (call-in), Kelley Smith-Burk (call-in) and Holly Henderson (call-in)

Invited Guests: Larry Dencker, Universal Orlando; Stetson Tchividiian, D3 Energy; Ed Torres, City of Altamonte Springs; Bruce Lindsay, Brevard Public Schools; Adam Nygaard, Duke Energy

FSEC Staff: Issa Batarseh, Martha Camomilli, Angela Haberman, Rob Vieria, Donnie Metzger, Carlos Colon, Joseph Walters, Muthusamy Swami, Colleen Kettles, Doug Kettles, Danny Parker, Winston Schoenfeld, John Sherwin, Richard Raustad, Sherri Shields

  1. Mike Faas called the meeting to order at 10:00am and welcomed board members and guests. Mike represents Publix Supermarkets and is now the new Chairman of the FSEC Advisory Board. Everyone introduced themselves and likewise welcomed Mike as the new Chairman.
  2. Mike asked that the minutes from March 30, 2018 be reviewed and approved. A motion was made to approve minutes as written and seconded. Minutes were approved unanimously.
  3. Jim Fenton gave a presentation about FSEC, and the collaborative partnerships they have, along with its current programs, new contracts, pending proposals, pending contracts and contracts received but not yet signed. Presentation: Fenton’s FSEC Update. It was mentioned that Rob Vieria with FSEC has had a partnership with the DOE on their energy software and has several people providing support for that software. Rob’s team of people have received funding from the Orlando Utility Commission to help determine the typical energy use of residential appliances.
  4. Dave Robau of Gulf Coast Energy Network near Destin, FL was unable to attend the meeting in person. Dave gave an update via phone that they are working very closely with Tyndall Air Force Base, which suffered $5 Billion in damage! Kelly Smith-Burk of the Energy Office, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Holly Henderson with Gulf Power were also unable to attend the meeting due to the impact of Hurricane Michael and the clean-up efforts to restore energy. Kelley was unable to attend due to her presence being needed in her community. Holly, replacing Michael Burroughs on the Advisory Board, was in Tallahassee and is on the board for Disaster Recovery. She stated that there was significant damage from this hurricane and at the time of this report, 80,000 people were still without power.
  5. Jim Fenton had asked Kelley Smith Burk the status of the VW Mitigation Funds. As of this time, there are no updates, but they plan to release the draft mitigation plan by the end of October. There will be time for public comment should there need to be any changes. The plan needs to be submitted to the federal trustee by the end of the year, and funding should be available the first quarter of 2019.
  6. Collen Kettles spoke about the bill that was passed earlier that states condo owners may install electric vehicle charging stations at their homes. Colleen also mentioned that a bill was passed that stated nursing homes are required to have back-up generators by a specific date. This bill has not been 100% implemented.
  7. Sherri Shields provided an update on FSEC and the status of the new website mentioned in the last Advisory Board meeting. The website is set to go live around the beginning of 2019. Sherri and Winston Schoenfeld are working with UCF Marketing about the new name/logo, which will now be called the FSEC Energy Research Center. Sherri had left the floor open for everyone to please state their opinions and if they have any suggestions, please let her know. After this website is up and going smoothly, the goal is to add more videos about current research projects and other items of interest for our audience. Sherri mentioned the link on the website for Consumers. Ideally, on the website there will be a list of different research projects that consumers can take part in. Currently, we are recruiting for two: One project is seeking non-medical, non-food retail buildings built any time after 2010 to research the efficiency measures of the energy codes. This would take about 4 hours of the consumer’s time. The other project is the Indoor Air Quality Research Study, which is seeking homes built in 2013 or later in FL, AL, NC, SC, GA. The focus of the research in this study is to test the air quality. The homeowner would be monitored/interrupted for about 6-8 hours and our researchers would leave their equipment there for a week. The homeowner would earn $300 in home improvements gift cards.
  8. A shift in the agenda due to prior obligations for Chris Castro has led Chris to speak about the City of Orlando Energy Update on the Smart Energy Innovation Network. Last year, the City of Orlando made a policy to move to being 100% renewable and clean energy.Chris re-introduced a program called SolSmart, which is a national designation program recognizing cities, counties and towns that foster the development of mature, solar local markets.
  9. Adam Nygaard from Duke Energy – Distributed Energy Technologies, CHP, Microgrids, & Energy Storage Development presented about PV and Energy Storage. Presentation: PV and Energy Storage
  10. Meeting adjourned at 12:10pm for lunch
  11. Meeting reconvened at 1:10pm and Doug Kettles gave a presentation on Clean Cities (Alternative Fuel). FSEC has been selected to host the National Clean Cities workshop on November 6-8, 2018. There will be a gathering at the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, which will serve hors’ doeuvres and have a cash bar. This will give all an opportunity for networking with others representing the same efforts in developing a cleaner, more renewable source of energy for transportation. Proterra will be using their electric bus to transport attendees from the Exploration Tower to their hotels. Doug noted some of the key partners for this project are the US Department of Energy and the FL Office of Energy. Presentation: Clean Cities (Alternative Fuel Transportation)
  12. Stetson Tchividjian with D3 Energy gave a presentation on the upcoming and innovative way to collect solar electricity. Presentation: Floating Solar in Florida.
  13. Jim Fenton and Mike Faas spoke about upcoming dates for the next Advisory Board meeting. We are looking at dates in March 2019. A doodle poll will be sent out with some dates to choose from.
  14. Lastly, Jim Fenton asked the Board Members to do a refresh on the SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) and come up with some visions on where we see ourselves in five years for UCF.
  15. Meeting adjourned at 1:55pm

Respectfully submitted,

Mike Faas