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Summer Edition



Bonjour and Welcome to Summer!

What a great summer it's been so far for Johnson Consulting Group. Katherine is just back from a whirlwind trip to Amsterdam and Paris. She presented at the first European conference for IEPEC "Lessons Learned from the Field: Key Strategies for Implementing Successful On-The-Bill Financing Programs."  There were about 160 conference attendees and Katherine's presentation generated a lot of interest, especially among the Brits, who are trying to develop their own financing strategies to encourage installations of energy efficient equipment.  Thanks again to our co-authors, Michael Volker of Midwest Energy and George Willoughby and Wade Shimoda of Hawaiian Electric, for letting us share their ideas with a larger audience. 

Of course, Paris in June was absolutely delightful and Katherine had a lot of opportunities to practice her French - especially while watching the World Cup in Paris. Too bad "Le Bleus" lost. 

Check out the pictures from the trip and the presentations at our photogallery.

Katherine Johnson, President


Advances in Water Heaters - One Hot Topic!

New technologies in water heaters are generating buzz from Bismarck to Denver. Johnson Consulting Group had a full house with about 35 attendees and four outstanding presentations regarding the newest water heater innovations.  Special thanks again to our speakers - Steve Koep from Rheem/Marathon, Mike Raccullia  from GE, Dave Myers from Utility Marketing Concepts, and Paul Steffes and Jim Deichert from Steffes.  They all provided good insights about the advances in water heating technologies. This was also the first "live" online version of this conference, and links will be available to Basin members.

Johnson Consulting Group will be "reprising" this workshop.  Sponsored by Tri-State G&T and Western Area Power Administration in Denver on August 31, 2010, this workshop focuses on new technological advances in heat pump water heaters, program design and strategies for making water heating an integral part of a renewable energy program.

In August, Katherine will be delivering a paper at the upcoming ACEEE conference. This presentation "Staying out of Hot Water: Best Practices in Implementing Electric and Gas Water Heating Programs" summarizes the case studies featured in these workshops.

Our newest publication: "Water Heating - No Longer the Forgotten Appliance" will be coming out later this summer.  In this new book, Katherine will draw 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.

Please watch our website, for details.


Just in -- Katherine's the Newest Utility Commissioner for the City of Winter Park

Mayor Ken Bradley appointed Katherine to a three-year term to serve on the City of Winter Park's Utility Advisory Board. This commission provides advice to the electric and water utility staff.  The Electric Utility Department began serving retail electric customers on June 1, 2005, as the City of Winter Park established its own municipal electric utility. Since beginning operations, the city has built two electric substations and purchased Progress Energy Florida's electric distribution facilities within the city. A utility services contractor has been hired to perform the operations and maintenance of the electric system. The City has established the customer service, meter reading, billing, vegetation management and all the policies and procedures necessary to operate a utility.
Katherine's first order of business is to review the city's upcoming energy efficiency and conservation plan and provide some guidance regarding potential utility financing programs. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn "first-hand" about the challenges municipal utilities face when developing and implementing energy conservation programs and a great reason to visit Winter Park every month. 

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Fun Stuff - Amsterdam

Katherine couldn't miss an opportunity to visit Amsterdam because it is home to two of her favorite passions- bicycles and canal boats. The trip was a great introduction to this compact yet elegant city and hopefully she can get back there soon-- perhaps for the next IEPEC event in 2012.  Meanwhile, check out this picture of this grand city. Click on the image below to enjoy full size.

Amsterdam canals


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Evaluation Work for Gas Utilities heats up

Columbia Gas of Virginia's EM&V plans are completed and work will begin later this summer.  The evaluation activities began with a comprehensive baseline study of residential and small commercial customers' attitudes regarding energy efficiency and conservation. This study, fielded by Ward Research,  provided excellent insights regarding customer awareness levels. It will be instrumental in guiding Columbia Gas of Virginia's outreach and education activities. There is a tremendous opportunity for Columbia Gas of Virginia's customers to reduce energy and its WarmWise Program is off to a great start.

We are supporting Navigant Consulting (formerly Summit Blue) work on a market assessment study of energy efficient furnaces for Columbia Gas of Ohio. This study will focus on the barriers to installing high efficiency furnaces. Johnson Consulting Group is providing guidance on sampling strategy and market assessment.

We are also looking forward to starting EM&V work for Colorado Partners in Energy later this summer. Johnson Consulting Group is leading the process evaluation activities for four natural gas utilities in Colorado as a subcontractor to Navigant Consulting (formerly Summit Blue). 

Where in the World is KJ?

* 7/26-28  City of Winter Park Utilities Meeting

* 8/2-12  Celebrating the Big 5-0 in Hawaii - check out the Fall newsletter for details

* 8/15-20  ACEEE Conference, Pacific Grove, CA

* 8/31 Tri-State G&T/ Western "Advances in Water Heating" Workshop, Denver, CO

* 9/28 NRECA's On-line Conference: Katherine will be reprising her presentation at the NRECAs Connect Conference on "Best Practices in Energy Efficiency Marketing."