Bonjour from the
South of France!
Katherine joined more than 400 colleagues from the European
Union, Mid East, India, Asia, and the US for five days in the South of France.
At eceee's 2009 Summer Study, the focus was on ways to "Act! Innovate! Deliver! Reducing energy demand sustainably."
The conference featured on formal presentations and informal
sessions on eight panels focusing on energy efficiency policies, strategies,
and technologies. Katherine presented two papers: Panel 1: "Breaking down the barriers to efficiency improvements in the rental market: A comparison of two utility approaches"
compared two Pay-As-You-Go Financing strategies used by Hawaiian Electric and
Her second presentation, Panel 3: "Best practices for developing cost-effective evaluation, measurement and verification plans: Lessons learned from 12 northern California municipal utilities" provided attendees with cost-effective strategies to conduct
comprehensive evaluation, monitoring, and verification practices. This
presentation was based on the work she has done with Summit Blue on behalf of
12 utility members of Northern California Power Authority.
Although her co-authors couldn't attend, (Michael Volker,
Midwest Energy; Wade Simoda and Dr. George Willoughby, Hawaiian Electric; David
Reyonds, NCPA and Gary Cullen, Summit Blue), they provided invaluable guidance
and assistance in preparing both papers.
To learn more about eceee's 2009 summer study-an amazing
week of good conversation, thought-provoking discussions, and of course
excellent food and wine, check out the movie! www.eceee.org
Katherine Johnson, President
GHPs updated edition to be published
in Summer 2009
The Geo Heat Pump Book - 4th Edition is currently
being updated and will be available for distribution in July 2009. This revision,
sponsored by Western Area Power Administration, National Rural Electric
Cooperative Association, and American Public Power Association, will
feature the newest information on advances in geothermal heat pump technologies
as well as new funding opportunities now available. The book has also been
expanded to include more information about DX (geothermal direct install). This
book will be published by Johnson Consulting Group, and distributed to
Western Area Power Administration members at upcoming workshops and conferences.
|Heat Pumps are back in Style
Heat pumps are an energy-efficient way to
provide heating and cooling in many applications, as they can use renewable
heat sources in our surroundings. They are used for residential and commercial space and
water heating, cooling, refrigeration and in industrial processes. Heat pumps
are also an effective strategy to reduce green house emissions with the
potential to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions
by 8 percent annually, according to the Heat Pump Centre.
To help utility staff better understand the benefits
of heat pump technologies, Basin Electric and Western Area Power Administration
are sponsoring a two-day workshop on August 11th and 12th
in Great Falls, MT. This workshop, "Demand-Side Management Technology Workshop: All About Heat Pumps - Air Source, Geothermal and Dual Fuel" will feature a mix of
classroom and field
demonstrations allowing participants to gain a strong
technical understanding of these technologies.
Workshop attendees will also
receive guidebooks, links to additional resources and case studies about
advances in these
technologies. Katherine will co-present this workshop
with Bruce Manclark, Delta-T, Inc., a heat pump expert in the Pacific Northwest.
Montana Electric Cooperatives'
is hosting this workshop. To learn more
about this workshop or to register, click here.
| Fun Stuff:
Villages Perchés Okay, Katherine didn't just sit in conference presentations during
her week in France. Despite the hair-raising turns and unexpected detours, she
did manage to explore eight perched villages that dotted the landscape
throughout this region. These perched villages are carved out of the hills and
buttes surrounding this region and include fortified cities dating back to the
Romans. Her tour of the perched villages included stops in St. Paul de Vence,
St Jeannet, Carros and Coursegoules.
St. Jeannet is nestled against a butte. (below)
Vanquish the Phantom Load Villain!
July 15th 2009; 2:00 p.m. to
3:00 p.m. (Eastern) and
July 23rd, 2009 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
you know that energy is being robbed from you daily? Thieves are lurking in computers,
televisions, printers, and other high-energy demand plug in electronics in buildings
everywhere. These "phantom-loads" are insatiable insomniacs that waste energy
while you slumber. While everyone is striving to manage rising energy costs and
become more sustainable, energy demands from the increased use of plug ins are
a constant drain on your organization's bottom line.
can you vanquish the phantom load villain? This webinar -- the second
installment in EYP's "Become a Carbon Zero
Hero" Webinar series -- will summarize power-management strategies for
reducing phantom loads based on comprehensive on-site audits of more than 15
college campuses. We will use audit data to analyze specific phantom load usage
by key college groups, such as staff, faculty, dormitories, and computer labs
and libraries. The presentation will also feature examples of student-led
energy conservation campaigns, including the University at Buffalo's creative
and successful "Do It In the Dark" campaign.
webinar co-presenters will be Katherine Johnson, President of Johnson
Consulting Group, and Elliot Easton,
Project Director for Sustainability at EYP/Energy.
To free online registration, click here.
Conference Update -
Where in the World is KJ?
8/12/2009 - 8/14/2009
2009 International Energy Program Evaluation
Conference, Portland, OR
Johnson will present a White Paper titled "Reaching out to the Rental
Housing Market: A Comparison of Two Utility Approaches
Coursegoules (above) teeters on the brink of a ravine.