While the East
Coast continues to dig out from the Epic Snowstorm of 2016, and the West
Coast is facing blizzards and power outages, the first quarter of 2016
brought a deluge of projects in all shapes and sizes for Johnson
to avoid the snowstorms as she was stuck in San Francisco following a
workshop at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). However,
she was a bit homesick, as she couldn't wait to meet the newest member
of the Johnson Consulting Group staff, her Glen of Imaal Terrier puppy.
continued her coast-to-coast trek to support EM&V activities from Maine
to California, with a few stopovers in warmer climates like Arkansas and
Arizona. Wherever you go this winter season, we hope you are safe, warm
and able to cuddle up with the ones you love.
Dr. Katherine Johnson, President
Taking Care of
Commission Business: California, Maine & Arkansas
her role as the Evaluation, Measurement & Verification (EM&V) Advisor to
the CPUC, Katherine led a workshop focusing on "What's Next for the
RENs?" This two-hour workshop, which was overseen by Administrative Law
Judge Todd Edmister, is part of a larger effort to address two different
but distinct questions bearing on the future of the Regional Energy
Does the REN program performance warrant continuing REN programs,
regardless of whether RENs remain PAs? Which programs should
continue to receive expanded or reduced funding or be terminated?
Should RENs remain PAs in connection with whatever portfolio of programs
directed that parties should use the following Commission-sponsored
evaluation reports in preparing comments which are due February 26,
The Program Year 2013-2014 RENs Value and Effectiveness Study Draft
Report, The Value and Effectiveness Study, conducted by Opinion Dynamics
Corporation, Final, January 5, 2016 (Value and Effectiveness Study).
RENs Reconciliation Memo, January 7, 2016, Dr. Katherine Johnson,
Evaluation, Measurement and Verification Advisor-Energy Division, CPUC.
In early January,
Johnson Consulting Group along with Mesa Point Energy were asked to
provide the Maine Public Utilities Commission Staff with additional
technical guidance and support as it considers the next Triennial Plan
for 2016-2019 prepared by Efficiency Maine Trust (EMT).
For this assignment, Katherine will be working with Dr.
Jim Bradford of Mesa Point Energy to provide assistance on a variety of
Reviewing and analyzing the assumptions used to develop Maine Technical
Reference Manuals (TRMs) and other sources of information used by EMT,
as well as the Baseline Studies.
Review the methods used to EMT to measure and verify energy savings and
determine free-ridership and other NTG levels.
The Maine PUC is also interested in learning about best
practices in TRM development and management, so we will be sharing the
lessons we have learned and best practices we have gained for our TRM
work in Arkansas and Texas as well.
an early Christmas present, the Arkansas Public Service Commission
issued two new and very interesting order in December 2015. These orders
directed that Parties Working Collaboratively (PWC) work with the
Independent Evaluation Monitor (IEM) to address the following topics as
they relate to determining program effectiveness. Johnson
Consulting Group, as the lead contractor for the IEM, will be working
with the staff from Apex Analytics, Eisenberg Energy, The Forward Curve,
Mesa Point Energy and Michaels Energy:
- Non Energy
Benefits (NEBs): The Commission in Docket No.
13-002-U Order No. 30, 12/10/2015 directed that "therefore directs that the
IEM be requested to develop Non Energy Benefit
values ..." for the
- Benefits of electricity,
natural gas, and liquid propane energy savings;
- Benefits of public water and wastewater savings;
- Benefits of avoided and deferred equipment costs (p. 20).
Efficiency Targets: On December 17, 2015, the
Commission in Docket NO. 13-002-U, Order No. 31, set the following
new targets for the next three years:
- For PY 2017-2018, utility
energy savings targets shall be 0.90% of 2015 retail sales for electric
IOUs, and shall be 0.50% of 2015 retail sales for natural gas IOUs.
- For PY 2019, utility energy savings targets shall be 1.0% of
2015 retail sales for electric IOUs, and shall be 0.50% of 2015 retail
sales for natural gas IOUs.
In addition, the Commission asked the IEM to conduct a benchmarking
assessment to determine how Arkansas Investor-Owned Utilities' (IOUs)
Cost of Saved Energy (CSE) compares to other jurisdictions across the
We will be addressing these issues, and more, at our
upcoming meeting of the PWC in February.
AESP 26th National Conference in Phoenix, AZ
recently participated in a conference with a bit of theater and also as
a panelist. Nearly 1000 attendees learned last week what an
engaging presenter Katherine is.
Katherine was also
in a skit at the conference titled: "The Futures of Energy: Utopian,
Dystopian, and Just Plain Weird" with Adele Bihn (Data Marketing, Inc.),
Stephen Bickel (D&R International), Seth Bauer and Mei Shibata
(essence partners). AESP has posted it on youtube. Click
to check it out!
for Gas Utilities
The Johnson Consulting Group staff has also been busy completing several
program evaluations for gas utilities in Virginia and Colorado. These
evaluation activities include conducting a water heating impact study
for Columbia Gas of Virginia and
determining program success for the Partners in Energy Savings (PIES), a
group of three natural gas utilities in Colorado. Key findings and
lessons learned from these program evaluations will be shared in future
Where in the
World is Dr. KJ?
PWC Meeting, Little Rock, AR
PUC Hearings, Augusta, ME
Stakeholder Meeting, St. Louis, MO
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services, and clients.
the newest member of the Johnson Consulting Group Staff - social
director. Bonnie is a Glen of Imaal Terrier, an
Irish terrier that was bred to work silently. She hasn't quite
mastered working silently, but has settled in nicely with the pack,
Bailey- a Maltese-Glen Mix (we think) and Brann, our senior Glen.