Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. The leaves
turn golden hues, the evening air is cool and crisp and Indian Summer is the
best time to enjoy a good bike ride. Autumn is also a time of anticipation and
change - kids go back to school and summer vacations are over. At Johnson Consulting Group we've got a lot
to look forward to in the next few months as we continue to work on interesting
projects with a diverse group of clients. But even though we're all busy, we
hope you will take some time to enjoy the vibrant colors of autumn and remember
the summers past.
Katherine Johnson, President
From the South of France to
Tokyo, on-bill-financing (OBF) programs are drawing interest from around the
At the eceee conference in June 2009, Dr. Chiharu MURAKOSHI attended Katherine's presentation on two on-the-bill financing programs based on
her paper which compared and contrasted these approaches. This approach was so intriguing to Dr.
MURAKOSHI, that he has organized an OBF study mission to the U.S. to learn more.
In addition to attending a presentation by Katherine in Washington D.C., the group will also visit
the Energy Efficiency Institute in
Vermont, United Illuminating, and LBNL. Katherine
will then accompany Dr. MURAKOSHI, and
Mr. OKAMURA to Hays, KS to learn more
about Midwest Energy's innovative How$mart Program. The visit also includes a
stop in Honolulu, HI to discuss HECO's Solar Saver Pilot Program. Johnson Consulting Group is looking forward
to welcoming this Japanese delegation in early November:
Dr. Hidetoshi NAKAGAMI, Ph.D.: President,
Jyukankyo Research Institute
Dr. Chiharu MURAKOSHI, Ph.D.: Vice President,
Jyukankyo Research Institute
Mr. Yoshiaki SHIBATA: Executive Researcher, Jyukankyo Research Institute
Mr. Kenji YAMAMOTO: Deputy General Manager, Residential Sales Department, Tokyo Gas Co.,Ltd.
Mr. Toshiya OKAMURA: Team Manager, Energy Conservation & New Energy Sales Promotion Section, Tokyo Gas
Ms. Kaori Oota: Interpreter
Click on the link to view the presentation given in France this summer comparing OBF Financing strategies used by Hawaiian Electric and
Additional international notes:
Be on the lookout for an upcoming issue of International
Metering (www.metering.com) and Katherine Johnson's article on "A COMPARISON OF TWO UTILITY APPROACHES TO PROMOTE WATER HEATING ENERGY EFFICIENCY."
Geo Heat Pump Book - 4th Edition, a new publication
"Geo Heat Pumps: Leading Energy Utility Marketing Programs - 4th Edition" is now available. This revision was sponsored by Western Area Power Administration, National Rural Electric
Cooperative Association, and American Public Power Association and features updates on advances in geothermal heat pump technologies
as well as new funding opportunities. The book has also been
expanded to include information about DX (geothermal direct install). Published by Johnson Consulting Group, Western Area Power Administration plans to distribute it to members at upcoming workshops and conferences.
Click here for Table of Contents and Profile Samples.
Where in the World is KJ?
Congratulations to Our Recent College Graduates
This summer marked a
significant milestone with the college
graduations of Benjamin Johnson and Diane Mahon. Benjamin, Katherine's oldest son, received a
degree in Philosophy and a minor in Political Science from Wabash College in
May. He has relocated to Winter Park, Florida and
is making plans to attend law school in 2010. Meanwhile, he is adjusting to
life in the "real world."
Diane, Corine's daughter, completed a degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice
from Portland State University - the self proclaimed school of sustainability. She was one of many at graduation who wore a green ribbon on her gown - a symbol that she had signed a sustainability pledge. PSU prides itself on integrating sustainability into practices of all fields and walks of life and the pledge is a promise that the jobs and practices held by its now alumni will be done so with the best regard to sustainable practices and move in the direction of a healthy planet.
|All About Heat Pumps: Workshops-and More
workshop in Great Falls, MT was the best ever, according to Chad Reisenauer of
Basin Electric G&T. This one and half day conference was held in
August and included hands-on demonstrations of air source heat pumps as well
as in-depth technical information from these well-regarded experts. Special
thanks to our co-presenters, D'Aron Johnson, Scott Lindsey, and Bob Newton from Lennox, Bruce Manclark, from Delta-T, Inc., and John Dibble of
ClimateMaster. The feedback from the attendees was extremely positive and
aready Chad Risenhauer and Michael Radecki, Western Area Power Administration,
are identifying additional workshops to hold on similar topics in 2010.
Evaluation Practice Area Continues to Expand
just completed work on three process evaluation projects with Summit Blue: City of Pasadena, Hydro One's Double Return
Program, and the Energy Trust of Oregon's Process Efficiency Evaluation. JCG
will continue to support Summit Blue
several new evaluation activities
including the second round of evaluations for Northern California Power Authority as well as its sister organization - Southern California Public Power Authority.
JCG has just been hired
by HECO to prepare a process evaluation of the second year of program operations
Solar Saver Program.
Note: If you missed the latest Carbon Zero Hero Webinar on plug load management, click here to view the presentation titled: "Vanquish the Phantom Load Villain!"
and Solar Water Heating Business Case
Consulting Group is preparing a business case for the Fort Peck Energy Department. This business case will describe the
technical, market, and economic potential of marrying these two technologies.
The tribe's goal is to have 500 installations in tribal owned houses within
the next five years. The first step, scheduled to begin later this year, will
include a pilot installation of one system, with full submetering to capture
energy usage during the upcoming winter. Data will be critical in
determining the energy savings potential for the tribe. Fort Peck also plans on
developing a green collar workforce which will focus on training GHP