And the Award Goes to...
At the 20th Anniversary celebration in Tucson,
AESP's prestigious B. H. Prasad Award for Outstanding
of the Year went to Katherine Johnson of Johnson Consulting
Group in recognition of her ongoing volunteer work to benefit
AESP. Johnson has been instrumental in producing AESP's State of
the Industry Report, as well as increasing the visibility of the
Association's Topic Committees. "It was an honor to
present this award to Katherine in recognition of her dedicated service
to AESP," said AESP President and CEO Meg Matt.
rarely speechless, accepted the award with "I want to express
my deep appreciation and heartfelt thanks for receiving the B.H. Prasad
Award from AESP. It has been a privilege to work with the board, staff,
and members of AESP during the past few years and I know AESP will
continue its outstanding efforts to serve energy services
professionals. Thank you so much."
Congratulations to Katherine!
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Advances in Water
Water heaters may be the "forgotten appliance"
for most residential households, but several utility organizations are
raising staff awareness of this important end-use appliance. Johnson
Consulting Group will be conducting a series of workshops discussing
the advances in water heating technologies.
Katherine will be conducting a
workshop in Columbus, Ohio on March 26 for
Buckeye Power. Steve
Koep of Rheem/Marathon and Dr. Kenneth Skinner of
Integral Analytics, will also be talking about how water heaters
can be used as a "renewable energy source." The
workshop will also feature case studies
on innovative water heating
programs, as well as strategies to help utility staff design and
deliver water heating programs to their residential customers.
Western Area Power Administration
(Western) also plans on hosting a similar workshop in the Denver-area
later this spring. This workshop will focus on the "Future of
Water Heating" and discuss innovative solar water heating
programs. Jill Cliburn will be joining Katherine for this workshop and
share her findings on developing cost-effective solar water heating
Western will also be distributing more than 1,000 copies of Johnson Consulting
Group's 4th Edition of its Geo Heat Pumps: Leading Energy Utility
Marketing Programs. It has been so well-received, this is the third
reprint request and the CDs will be distributed at Western workshops
and to utility staff at Western customers. The 4th Edition contains
updated cost information regarding the cost and benefits of installing
geothermal heat pumps from both the customer's and utility's
EM&V into Program Design
All too often, program evaluators come in after an
energy efficiency program has been designed and launched. But, Columbia Gas of Virginia
(Columbia) has decided to embrace an industry "best practice"
and invite the program evaluators to participate in the ongoing program
design and launch. So, Katherine has had the rare opportunity to
participate in weekly meetings and help identify potential EM&V
road blocks before Columbia launches its comprehensive energy
efficiency portfolio (CARE) this spring. Columbia will devote $8.5
million over three years (2010-2012) to implement these energy
efficiency programs. Columbia is one of the nine energy
distribution companies of NiSource, Inc. (NYSE: NI).
The Virginia-based natural gas utility has created an
effective working group of program implementers, marketers, consultants
and internal staff that discusses all aspects of program operations
during our weekly meetings-even evaluation activities. Katherine,
joined with several team members from Navigant (formally Summit Blue)
will be developing comprehensive Process and Impact Evaluation EM&V
Plans during the next few months. The program plans include:
Home Audit Program
Watch our website for details regarding the progress
made in developing and executing these EM&V plans during the next
few months. It really is refreshing to have a "front row
seat" and we hope more utilities will embrace Columbia's approach
of including evaluators in the early stages of program design and
Where in the World is KJ?
19: Winter Park, FL
Meetings and Crummer MBA Reunion
26: Columbus, OH
Water Heating Workshop
11-14: Milwaukee, WI
AGA/EEI Customer Service Conference
3-6: Boston, MA
AESP Spring Conference
10-12: Kansas City, MO
CONNECT Conference- Touchstone Energy
8-10: Paris, France
Fun Stuff ... It's a BCI Reunion
The 20th AESP
Annual Conference seemed more like a class reunion than an industry
conference. Nine former Barakat & Chamberlin employees were in
town to celebrate the 20th anniversary of AESP including (but not
pictured) John Chamberlin, Sami Khawaja, Scott Dimestrosky, as well
as Jane Peters, Dan Engle, Terry Fry, Greg Wikler, Bill
LeBlanc, Carol Sabo and KJ.
It was one for the record books as more than four
feet of snow pounded the Maryland area during one week. Luckily,
Katherine managed to escape to Tucson for the AESP 20th Annual
Meeting, despite the Blizzard of 2010. Thanks to diligent
shoveling by her family, Katherine was able to catch her flight to
the Arizona during the lull between storms. Unfortunately, several
other AESP conference attendees were snow-bound.