Johnson Consulting Group

Winter Edition 2009 
Welcome to 2009!

This is the time of year for celebrating new opportunities and starting on new adventures. Johnson Consulting Group has much to celebrate as we start 2009 with a new company, new clients and projects, and the completion of a major milestone - Katherine's dissertation for her Doctorate in Business Administration. 

Johnson Consulting Group Emphasizes Analysis that Makes Sense
Johnson Consulting GroupEven though we have a new name, we have been busy helping utilities and energy organizations design, market, and evaluate effective energy efficiency programs for their customers for nearly two decades. Our most recent projects highlight the types of work that Johnson Consulting Group will focus on in 2009. 

  • Market Research and Analysis: Conducting technical and market potential studies 
  • Program Design: Developing designs and business case analysis to support new programs
  • Program Evaluation, Measurement and Verification: Conducting process and impact evaluations for existing programs
  • Marketing Support: Preparing white papers and case studies that showcase effective deployment strategies
  • Strategic and Tactical Consulting: Providing guidance to organizations interested in launching innovative programs such as the CFL Fund Raiser  (
  • Publishing and Seminars: Developing and updating industry guides on specific programs or technologies, such as the Geo Heat Pump Report, Home Performance Industry Compendium and  Western's Commercial and Industrial Lighting Workshops. 


Back to Basics- Conducting Cost-Effective EM&V Plans 
On September 29, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1037 (Kehoe) into California law, establishing several important policies regarding energy efficiency. Among the provisions of the law is a statewide commitment to developing cost-effective and feasible energy efficiency programs and the expectation that all utilities consider energy efficiency before investing in any other resources to meet growing demand. SB 1037 - with supplemental provisions added by the passage of AB 2021 - required for the first time that publicly owned utilities had to report on their energy efficiency programs to the energy commission. The Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) developed a collaborative framework to help guide its municipal and rural cooperative members in developing the Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (E, M&V) plans necessary to meet the new regulatory requirements. The members participating in this collaborative activity are:
  • Alameda Power & Telecom 
  • City of Biggs 
  • City of Gridley 
  • City of Healdsburg 
  • City of Lompoc 
  • City of Ukiah
  • Lodi Electric Utility
  • Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative
  • Redding Electric Utility
  • Turlock Irrigation District
  • City of Shasta Lake, Non-NCPA member
  • Lassen, Non-NCPA member

Katherine will be co-presenting the results of these cost-effective E, M&V strategies with David Reynolds from the NCPA and Gary Cullen of Summit Blue. This paper will summarize the ways in which 12 smaller California utilities are enhancing their DSM programs though evaluation, measurement, and verification approaches. This paper highlights the innovative ways in which these smaller utilities are pooling their resources to meet these E, M&V requirements while also maximizing the value of the DSM programs offered to their customers. This paper also describes cost-effective approaches used in both process and impact evaluations for these 12 electric utilities.  

Upcoming Presentations

The Northwest's premiere gathering to advance rural economic development through clean energy production. for our farmers, ranchers, rural utilities and towns, tribes, and regional economy. January 25-27, Billings Montana
  • Energy Efficiency-The Cheapest Power is the Power You Don't Use
  • Powering the Farm with Small-Scale Renewables 

AESP's National Energy Services Conference & Expo (NESC) is the premier energy industry conference that unites renowned energy experts, stimulating educational sessions, and valuable networking opportunities into one convenient location at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. To learn more and register visit

E, M &V Best Practices: Lessons Learned from  California Municipal Utilities with co-authors: David Reynolds, Northern California Power Agency, Roseville, CA  and Gary Cullen, Summit Blue Consulting, Vancouver, WA    
It's Time to Celebrate!   
Be sure to join Katherine at the Acqua Bar on Wednesday, January 28th  at the 19th National Energy Services Conference (NESC) after the AESP evening reception. She will be celebrating the completion of her Dissertation and her upcoming graduation from the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia with a Doctorate in Business Administration. 
Check out Katherine's Condo in Ouray ... and be sure to ask for the discount "KJ" rate.   

Fun Stuff:
In This Issue
Analysis that Makes Sense
Back to Basics
Upcoming Presentations...
It's Time to Celebrate!...
Water Heating - Emerging Technology
On-the-Bill Financing
GHP and Dual Fuel Heat Pumps

Water Heating - An Emerging Technology in DSM Programs

Water Heating is no longer the forgotten appliance -- as it has become a central element in several of Johnson Consulting Group's latest projects.  We just completed two program evaluations and a case study documenting Portland General Electric's (PGE) successful water heater program.

  • Completed a water heater process and impact evaluation for Missouri Gas Energy for its new water heater program comparing the impacts for both tankless and tanked systems.
  • Completed a case study on the "Residential Electric Water Heating Program" developed and implemented by Portland General Electric & Energy Trust of Oregon with Rheem/Marathon Water Heaters.

On-the-Bill Financing Programs Gain Traction in Energy Efficiency Programs 

Growing interest in GHP and Dual Fuel Heat Pumps 
Katherine continues to work with utilities and energy organizations to develop and evaluate program incorporating heat pump technologies. In addition to updating her publication, funded by Western Area Power Administration, American Public Power, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, she is also working on two additional heat pump projects.
For Consumers Energy,, based in Marshalltown Iowa, we developed a business case to launch its new hybrid heat pump (dual fuel) program. This business case identifies a plan for this local rural electric cooperative to identify a cost-effective and competitive program that will provide its members with incentives to replace aging heating and cooling equipment with energy efficient heat pumps.
For the Colorado Governor's Office, she is working with Ed Thomas to gain an understanding of the potential for geothermal projects in the state and the resources needed to assist developers of projects. This study is co-funded with ClimateMaster and will feature case studies on four geothermal heat pump installations showcasing the versatility and flexibility of geothermal heat pumps. 
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