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Winter Edition


Welcome to Winter

While most of the country has been experiencing a wintry blast of bad weather, we have been able to escape the winter blues through a flurry of activity of our own.  Johnson Consulting Group staff, that includes Corine Mahon and myself, enjoyed a wonderful getaway to Winter Park and Orlando for the Annual Association of Energy Services Professional (AESP) Conference.

Dr. Katherine Johnson, President


Interacting at AESP  

AESP is certainly the go-to event for the energy community.  The conference enjoyed another record-breaking year in attendance and featured some innovative new presentation formats.  Katherine also celebrated her re-election to the board in fine style with a friend.

  • Policy Session: "Huey, Dewey and Louisiana! Collaboratives" - The AESP conference sessions kicked off with an interesting comparison of collaborative approaches to developing energy efficiency programs launched.  Katherine moderated a session with Cathy Herren and Lana Lovick (Entergy New Orleans), Melissa Piper (National Grid), and Elaine Bryant (PSE&G), who candidly shared their insights (and frustrations) with developing programs by committee.  One of the highlights was learning of the progress Entergy has made in helping to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Thanks again for sharing.
  • Barakat & Chamberlin Reunion - it wouldn't be an AESP conference if it didn't include a reunion of former Barakat & Chamberlin alumni. It was a wonderful chance to see our former colleagues: (left) Jim Niewald, ICF; Greg Wikler, Global Energy Partners; Bill LeBlanc, E Source; Dan Engel, Freeman & Sullivan Co. (back); Carol Sabo, Tetra Tech; Katherine Johnson; Terry Fry, Nexant; and Scott Dimetrosky, Opinion Dynamics. Also attending the conference but far more camera shy were Sami Khawaja and Hossein Haeri, Cadmus Group, and Bill Prindle, ICF.


More Interacting at AESP in Orlando

AESP Interactive Roundtable Session: "Soup to Nuts..."   Another interesting twist was the 90 minute interactive session moderated by Dan Tarrence and featuring Brent Archer and Chris Griffin of Gas of Virginia.  This interactive session included a project overview as well as group activities designed to illustrate the key issues that need to be considered in developing a comprehensive EM&V plan. The feedback was overwhelming positive, and many thanks to Brent and Chris for being willing to share their own "lessons learned" so far in program evaluation.  Could this be an upcoming Brown Bag? Who knows.


A Flurry of Process Evaluations

One of the really interesting parts of conducting process evaluations across diverse utilities is to analyze the innovative ways in which these programs are offered to customers. These evaluations illustrate three different approaches to promoting energy efficiency measures and behaviorial change to customers:

  • The Partners in Energy Savings (PIES) Collaborative-a group of four natural gas utilities in Colorado, promoted their portfolio of energy efficient rebates and home energy checkups through its Excess is Out branding campaign.

  • Columbia Gas of Virginia used a different approach- emphasizing energy savings through its WarmWise brand to promote a similar set of program offerings to both residential and small commercial customers.

  • PECO's Smart Home Rebate Program has taken a much more humorous approach - focusing on ways to get rid of "energy monsters" through its equipment rebates and appliance recycling programs.

During the next few months, Katherine will be analyzing the effects of these different approaches - as well as identifying some of the challenges of marketing these types of programs to customers. The lessons learned from these process evaluations, especially those in the start up phase, will be presented at the next International Energy Program Evaluation Conference Getting out of the Starting Blocks: Challenges with PY1 Portfolio Evaluations in Boston, August 16-18, 2011.

Where in the World
is Dr. KJ?

3/2  Utility Advisory Meeting, Winter Park, FL

4/6  Utility Advisory Meeting, Winter Park, FL

 5/17-19  AESP Spring Conference, Atlanta, GA

6/11   eceee 2011 Summer Study. "Show Me the Money - Challenges
Facing On-Bill Financing Programs", Belambra Presqu'île de Giens, Touolon/Hyères, France

* 6/27-7/3  Boating in Venice, Italy

* 10/19-26  Low Carbon Earth Summit - 2011 (LCES-2011), Dalian, China


In This Issue

Interacting at AESP

More Interacting

A Flurry of Process Evaluations

Where in the World is Dr. KJ?

Christmas with an Arab...and Jewish Flavor


Christmas with an Arab
and Jewish Flavor

Katherine enjoyed a whirlwind trip to Israel right before the holidays with her sister, Carolyn, and daughter, Emily.  The five-day action pack tour covered the entire country from the modern skyscrapers of Tel Aviv, to the dusty streets of Nazareth,  the underwater sights of Eliat and the spiritual wonders of Jerusalem. Highlights of the trip for Emily included scuba diving in Eliat and riding a camel at a Bedouin tent, while Katherine was thrilled to find solar water heaters everywhere-even in the Mt. of Olives.  It was a truly memorable trip and we're already planning our next visit-at more relaxed pace.  Check out the pictures, including Katherine and Emily "floating" in the Dead Sea.

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