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Winter Edition



And the Award Goes to...

PrasadAward2010At the 20th Anniversary celebration in Tucson, AESP's prestigious B. H. Prasad Award for Outstanding Contributor
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.

AESP 20th AnniversaryKatherine, 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 Heating Technologies

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.

Buckeye Power logo 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 programs.
Geo Heat Pumps
Western will also be distributing more than 1,00
0 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 perspectives.


Building 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:

  • Education & Outreach 
  • Home Savings Program 
  • Web-based Home Audit Program
  • Business Savings Program
  • Business Custom 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 launch.

Where in the World is KJ?

  • March 19: Winter Park, FL
    Meetings and Crummer MBA Reunion
  • March 26: Columbus, OH
    Water Heating Workshop
  • April 11-14: Milwaukee, WI
    AGA/EEI Customer Service Conference
  • May 3-6: Boston, MA
    AESP Spring Conference
  • May 10-12: Kansas City, MO
    CONNECT Conference- Touchstone Energy
  • June 8-10: Paris, France
    IEPEC Conference



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.


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Advances in Water Heating Technologies

Building EM&V into Program Design

Where in the World is KJ?

Fun Stuff ... BCI Reunion

Blizzard of 2010


Blizzard of 2010

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.


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