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Spring Edition
Welcoming Spring!
It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want -oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
-Mark Twain 
Ah, it certainly feels like Spring here at Johnson Consulting Group! We are venturing out to enjoy the warm weather and spend time with our clients and colleagues. Our work continues to focus on clean and green topics. This spring we are enjoying the cherry blossoms and cheering on the Nationals in Washington DC. But most especially, we are looking forward to our spring deluge of EM&V reviews and reports. We hope you will find some time this spring to experience the beauty and rebirth that marks this special time of year. 
                                  Dr. Katherine Johnson, President
April Showers Bring May Contract Extensions! 

During the past few months, Johnson Consulting Group has been honored to be offered contract renewals and extensions from several of the public service commission staff we serve. The Johnson Consulting Team will be continuing its role as the Independent Evaluation Monitor (IEM) in Arkansas through September 30, 2020. Our team, which includes technical staff and EM&V experts from Apex Analytics, Eisenberg Energy, The Forward Curve, Mesa Point Energy and Michaels Energy, has been serving as the IEM since 2012. We are thrilled with this most recent extension and look forward to continuing to assist the Parties Working Collaboratively (PWC) during the next program cycle.

Our contract was also extended through November 2017 with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BPUC). In this role, Katherine Johnson and Mike Frischmann from Michaels Energy, are providing reviews of the three-year Conservation and Energy Management Plans for several Canadian utilities.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has also extended Katherine's contract as an EM&V Advisor through 2017. In her role, Katherine reviews EM&V reports, evaluation studies and provides guidance on a number of program areas. She will be summarizing the evaluation reports of the Local Government Partnerships (LGPs) and the Regional Energy Networks (RENs) in the annual report due to the California legislature later this summer.
We also received a welcome surprise from the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Katherine and Dr. Jim Bradford from Mesa Point Energy worked for the PUC last year reviewing evaluation plans. Our next task will be to provide some guidance regarding best practices and recommendations to improve the current Technical Reference Manual (TRM) review and updating process in Maine. 
Some Cool New Projects
Recently, we have teamed up with several other evaluation firms to complete process evaluations for two new clients on the East Coast. Johnson Consulting Group is leading the process evaluation to evaluate Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) Home Performance with Energy Star Program. As part of the Warren Engineering team, Katherine directed all aspects of the process evaluation including customer surveys, and in-depth interviews. She is also finishing up an examination of the "Best Practices and Emerging Trends" in Home Performance with Energy Star Programs. The final reports should be available in mid-May.

Johnson Consulting Group is also working on a multiyear evaluation of the Department of Housing and Community Development's
(DHCD) low income energy efficiency program. As a subcontractor to The Cadmus Group, Katherine will be focusing on completing in-depth examinations of the program for the next several years as well as completing a review of low-income program best practices. It's nice to have a client so close to home, for a change!

  Arkansas is in the News!
Recently, Katherine was asked to review and prepare a summary of Arkansas' TRM in the following report: "Guidance on Establishing and Maintaining Technical Reference Manuals for Energy Efficiency Measures." This report is prepared by LBNL's Electricity Markets and Policy Group with funding from the U.S. DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the guide will be published as a SEE Action document.
This write up summarizes the unique role that Arkansas' TRM plays in both evaluation planning and implementation. Arkansas' TRM is summarized in three separate volumes. Arkansas' TRM is developed through a collaborative process which incorporates feedback from the seven investor-owned gas and electric utilities, stakeholders, program implementers and evaluators. This group is known as the Parties Working Collaboratively or PWC. The PWC develops and recommends the TRM updates which are then approved by the Public Service Commission.  
The TRM is comprised of three separate volumes, each with a clearly defined purpose. Volume 1 is the Evaluation Measurement & Verification Protocols, which describes the types of information that must be collected to conduct a comprehensive examination of a program's overall effectiveness, the recommended frequency for conducting these program evaluations, and the key metrics that must be reported during these evaluation activities.
Volume 2 contains deemed savings values for gas and electric energy annual usage, as well as coincident peak electric demand savings and peak day gas savings. Volume 3 contains supporting appendices on a variety of topics used to estimate deemed savings. The Arkansas TRM protocols also provide detailed guidance on a number of critical issues, such as the level of rigor required when measuring NTG.
This update was especially timely as we will be filing an updated TRM Version 6.1 in early May. This version is designed to assist the program sponsors and implementers to transition from a retrospective to a prospective TRM for the next program cycle. 
AEP SWEPCO Honored as a 2017 ENERGY STARŪ Partner of the Year for Arkansas Energy Efficiency Program by the EPA.

SWEPCO has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award winner for the company's energy efficiency program in Arkansas. This is the third consecutive year SWEPCO has received an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition.
AAEA Annual Report Cites the State's Successes in Energy Efficiency 

The 2017 Annual Report from the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association praises the Arkansas PSC and the PWC for their continued commitment to supporting energy efficiency and conservation programs across the state.
"The energy efficiency community in Arkansas is regarded as one of the leaders in the Southeast and nationally as well,"Dr. Katherine Johnson said.  "These significant accomplishments are due to the hard work of the Parties Working Collaboratively (PWC) established by the Arkansas Public Service Commission in 2006." To read the report, click on the link below. 
In This Issue Congratulations to You!
April Showers Bring May Contract Extensions!
Some Cool New Projects
Arkansas is in the News!
AAEA Annual Reports Cites the State's Successes in Energy Efficiency
Baby It's Cold Outside!
Congratulations to You!
Fun Stuff

Baby It's Cold Outside! - Calling for Case Studies 
Departing from the warm spring theme, Katherine has been invited to speak at "The Cold Climate HVAC Conference" next March in Kiruna Sweden. But she needs your help. She would would like to share some case studies of successful cold climate geothermal heat pump installations in North America. So, if you have any examples or information to share, please contact her. You will get full credit! 
SWEPCO has named Sherry McCormack manager of Energy Efficiency & Consumer Programs for Arkansas effective May 20, 2017. McCormack will replace Phil Watkins, who is retiring after 27 years of service. 
Sherry is a Certified Energy Manager and currently serves on the AESP Board of Directors.
She earned an MBA from Pittsburg State University and a bachelor's degree in finance from Mississippi State University.

We wish both Sherry and Phil the best of luck. 

Emily Johnson achieves recognition at work.
Where in the World is Dr. KJ?

* May 11: Orioles vs. Nationals - Strike Out Hydrocephalus Event, Nationals Stadium, Washington DC

* July 16: K
atherine has been invited to speak on a panel  discussion on EE financing and low-moderate income households that will be sponsored by the NARUC Staff Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment during the Summer Meetings of NARUC in San Diego on Sunday, July 16, 2017.  She will be discussing the results of a Statewide Consistent Weatherization Approach that was implemented in 2016 to target hard-to-reach customers in Arkansas.

August 7-11: IEPEC Conference Summer, "Paint by the Numbers: A Decision-Framework for Determining Net Savings Approach", Poster Session, Baltimore, MD 
Fun Stuff 

If it's spring, it must be time for a new adventure for Katherine. Recently, her family purchased an inflatable mini catamaran that can be transported in the trunk of her car. Her newest toy, Tigger, will arrive in early May. Check out the link below to see this European marvel:

We will be sharing pictures when we have her up and sailing!

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