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Spring Edition



Happy Spring!!

After one of the worst winters in history, spring has finally arrived. This time of year is filled with promising opportunities for Johnson Consulting Group. Katherine will be presenting a series of technology-oriented workshops for several clients around the U.S. during the next few weeks before a quick trip to France for the IEPEC conference in June. She will be updating attendees on advances in on-the-bill (OTB) financing programs -- a topic on which she will continue to focus in several more utility evaluations later this year. 

This spring promises to be especially busy for several of our clients as they launch both new programs as well as program evaluations. Much of our recent work is focused on incorporating the new advances in energy technologies- including energy efficient appliances, water heaters, and heat pumps, into these new utility programs. It is an exciting time to be in the energy business - and we can't wait to see what happens next.

Katherine Johnson, President


Advances in Energy Efficient Technologies Workshop Series

As customers look for more ways to reduce energy costs, utilities are exploring the new technologies that are gaining traction in the market. We have been developing several technology-oriented workshops focusing on advances in water heating, heat pumps, motors and VFDs (variable speed drives). 

Each one-day workshop explores a specific type of technology and features product demonstrations from the manufacturers, case studies, as well as an overview of the technologies. For Western Area Power Administration (Western) we'll will be holding a workshop in Bismarck, ND on May 26th focusing on advances in water heating technologies. This will include presentations by both Rheem/Marathon and General Electric on their new heat pump water heaters. This technology also has a renewable energy application as well -- a topic that will be explored more fully by Steffes Corporation.

Buckeye Power logo We will be presenting several more workshops for Buckeye Power in Columbus, OH
 during the next few months. In addition to the water heating workshop held in March,
 we are developing presentations on "Heat Pumps: Air Source, Dual Fuel,
 Geothermal and Solar
" on May 19th. Joining us will be representatives from
 Lennox, Trane, and ClimateMaster to provide attendees with up-to-date information
 regarding these new technologies. In May, we will focus on helping attendees learn
 more about motors and VFDs. This one-day workshop will include an on-site demonstration by Precise Power of its new Written Pole Motor technology.

To learn more about these workshops, click here.


Columbia Gas of Virginia Launches
Energy Efficiency Program Portfolio

Columbia Gas launched its multi-year energy efficiency program for both residential and small commercial customers on April 7. The utility will offer a variety of programs under its new brand WarmWise - targeting both home owners and small businesses. The program portfolio includes online energy audits, energy education and outreach, and rebates for gas and water heating measures and even free measures for qualifying customers.

Johnson Consulting Group is developing and managing the EM&V activities. This approach, regarded as a "Best Practice", will be featured in an upcoming article in Chartwell focusing on natural gas programs. 

We've also started the initial EM&V work-conducting a baseline study of residential and small commercial customers' attitudes and awareness of energy conservation. Ward Research is fielding the surveys that will help us track the overall effectiveness of program operations during the next few years. Check out the WarmWise website for more details.

In This Issue



Fun Stuff: Reunion and Sidewalk Art Festival

Katherine spent a wonderful weekend in Winter Park, FL - home to one of the satellite offices for Johnson Consulting Group - enjoying two special events. First, it was an All-Class Reunion for the Crummer School Graduates from Rollins College. The Crummer School of Business is recognized as the best MBA program in FL and one of the leading programs in the U.S. Katherine, Crummer Grad 1990, enjoyed catching up with her professors and classmates. As an added bonus, the reunion was held during the 51st Annual Sidewalk Arts Festival another reason that makes Winter Park, FL such a special place.


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Water Heating - No Longer
the Forgotten Appliance

Katherine will be developing a new book that focuses on one of the least understood but most important home appliances - water heaters. Drawing on her reviews of utility water heating programs, case studies and white papers, this book will explain the role of water heating as a critical residential end-use. It will also provide a summary of water heating technologies - including heat pump and solar water heaters, water heating's role as a renewable energy resource, snapshots of leading water heating manufacturers, and resources for utility staff.

This fuel-neutral guide will follow the format of Katherine's previous books on Geothermal Heat Pumps - now in its 4th edition.  It will be published later this summer and include insights from industry leaders like Rheem/Marathon and GE. Watch the JCG website for details.


Where in the World is KJ?

4/11 AGA-EEI Customer Service Conference, Milwaukee, WI

4/26 "All About Heat Pumps" Workshop, Buckeye Power, Columbus, OH

5/2  AESP Spring Conference, Boston, MA. Katherine moderates during the Program Design & Implementation Track

5/10 Touchstone's CONNECT Conference - Presentation: "Best Practices in Energy Efficiency Marketing", Kansas City, MO

* 5/19 
Commercial and Industrial Technology Workshop, " Motors and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)" - Buckeye Power, Columbus, OH

5/26  "Advances in Water Heating" Workshop, Western Area Power, Bismarck, ND

6/9 IEPEC Conference - Presentation: "Lessons Learned from the Field: Key Strategies for Implementing Successful On-Bill Financing Programs," Paris, France