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Fall Edition



Happy Fall!

School may have started for students around the country, but school is finally out for Katherine!  After a decade of classes, tests, and a grueling dissertation process, Katherine received her Doctorate in Business Administration from the  University of Southern Queensland this summer.  Her dissertation, "Changes in the strategic focus and internal operating culture of investor-owned U.S. electric utilities due to deregulation," has been approved, bound, and published.  It's official - she's Dr. KJ now!  Celebrations will follow -- stay tuned!

To learn more about the D.B.A. degree, click here.

Dr. Katherine Johnson, President


Workshop Highlights Water Heating Advances

Tri-State Generation and Western Area Power Administration co-sponsored the "Advances in Water Heating Technologies" Workshop in August.  More than 40 staff from rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities in the Tri-State region participated in this day-long workshop.  Katherine provided an overview of the water heating workshop and she was assisted by knowledgeable speakers  including - John Richards and Jeff Scholten, Rheem/Marathon; Brad Morris, GE;  Paul Steffes, Steffes Corporation; and Jerry Houston, UMC with Lon Garrison, Convectair.  Special thanks to our hosts: Ron Ebenkamp, Tri-State, and Ron Horstman and Bob Langenberger from Western.  Plans are in the works to take this workshop "on the road" to several other Western locations in 2011.  Stay tuned!

Please watch our website, for details.


Evaluating Market Opportunities

  Johnson Consulting Group will be completing three
  technology-oriented market assessments this fall.
  These reports include:

   *  An assessment of the large industrial motors and
       drive market in North America

   *  Updating and expanding our GHP study -- to focus
       on emerging GHP manufacturers and

   *  Publishing the first edition of our water heating
       book,  "Water Heaters - the Forgotten Appliance" 

  Each market assessment combines a comprehensive
  literature review regarding new technologies and
  market trends with in-depth interviews with industry
  experts and insiders.  These reports offer critical
  analysis and strategic planning guidance for our clients  engaged in these industries.  Executive summaries from each assessment will be published on our website later this fall.

Fun Stuff
Hawaii 5-0! Birthday Bash

This summer Katherine, her husband Don, and her two lifelong friends, Jim and John Hansen, headed to Hawaii for a celebration of our 50th birthdays. Don turned 50 in June while Katherine, Jim and John all hit the big milestone in September.  Every decade, our foursome plans a special milestone celebration and this time we decided to celebrate our 50th birthday with a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii.  We kicked off our birthday festivities with a Hawaii luau.  Our adventures included visiting the Hawaiian Volcano's National Park, Mauna Kea Observatory, snorkeling, and even a few Mai Tais.  Check out the photos of our Hawaii adventure.  Aloha!


In the Press: 

Katherine has been invited to submit her paper, "Lessons Learned from the Field: Key Strategies for Implementing Successful On-The-Bill Financing Programs," for publication in a new journal next year.  This paper, which will be based on the work she presented at the IEPEC Paris 2010 Conference, highlights the strategies used by Midwest Energy and Hawaiian Electric Company to implement on-bill financing programs.  Stefan Thomas (Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy) and Ed Vine (California Institute for Energy Environment) are co-editors of a Special Issue on Evaluation which will be published next year in the journal Energy Efficiency.


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Johnson Consulting Group Receives WBE Certification

We always knew it -- but now we have proof.  Johnson Consulting Group has officially been designated as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women President's Educational Organization.  WBENC Certification validates that the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women.  To achieve WBENC Certification women owned businesses complete a formal documentation and site visit process which is administered by one of WBENC's 14 Regional Partner Organizations.  To learn more about this organization, click here.


Where in the World is Dr. KJ?

* 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."

* 10/4-6  AESP's "Bridging the Gap Between Demand Response and Energy Efficiency: Policies, Technologies and the SmartGrid", Portland, OR.  Ka
therine will be moderating the session, "A Little Bit of This; A Little Bit of That!" featuring presentations from Tom Stathos, PPL; Sean Harrington, OPOWER, and Scott Case, EnergySavvy.

* 11/17-18  Touchstone Energy's MSR Pro Workshop for Trinity Valley EC, Kaufman, TX.


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