Winter Edition 2013
 Happy New Year!


We wish you all a very happy, prosperous, and healthy New Year. Already 2013 is shaping up to be another busy year. In January, we will hit the ground running beginning with a series of meetings in Arkansas, two quick trips to Missouri before heading off to the 23rd Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) National Energy Services Conference in Orlando, Florida. as we add new clients, we are also grateful to all of our clients and colleagues that made 2012 another record year for Johnson Consulting Group. In 2012, we explored a variety of interesting topics including conducting process evaluation activities for two separate financing programs, and expanded the scope of our Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) services to Missouri.


As this New Year begins, look forward to continuing our strong working relationships with our team members from Apex Analytics, Eisenberg Energy, Mesa Point Energy, and Michael's Energy and Rouleau Consulting. Together, this team of energy experts has provided outstanding service to our clients and we sincerely appreciate their ongoing contributions to our continued success.


Best of luck this year and hope to see you in Orlando!  


                                          Dr. Katherine Johnson, President  

Starting EM&V in the "Show-Me State"

We won two contracts in Missouri in the past few weeks, focusing on providing a range of EM&V services for City Utilities of Springfield and the Missouri Public Service Commission. Utilities of Springfield delivers electricity, water, and gas services to the 229,000 residents of Springfield, Missouri throughout its 320-mile service territory. City Utilities offers energy efficiency programs to help its residential and commercial customers reduce their electric, natural gas, and water consumption.

For City Utilities of Springfield, Johnson Consulting Group with Apex Analytics and Eisenberg Energy, will be completing a comprehensive program evaluation for this municipal utility under the EnergyWise brand. Our evaluation activities include conducting process and impact evaluations across the program portfolio, conducting cost-effectiveness tests and benchmarking City Utilities' performance compared to other utilities around the U.S.  We will be completing our activities in the first-quarter and hope to share these findings at an upcoming industry conference. team was also selected as the Electric Utility Consultant for the Missouri Public Service Commission. Our team members are Apex Analytics, Mesa Point Energy, Eisenberg Energy, and a new addition - GSM Development based in St. Louis. Our role will be to provide guidance, feedback and recommendations to the Missouri Public Service Commission staff regarding the progress of EM&V activities conducted by the four investor-owned electric utilities serving the state. We will be involved with reviewing the proposed EM&V plans and providing our feedback and recommendations to the Missouri PSC staff. We will also be preparing annual reports summarizing each utility's EM&V activities throughout this multi-year engagement. 
Energy Efficiency Financing Strategies from Sea to Shining Sea 


First-cost has been an ongoing barrier to the installation of energy efficiency measures since the advent of energy efficiency programs in the early 1980s. As a result, energy efficiency programs have developed multiple strategies to reduce the first-cost, or premium, associated with making investments in energy efficient measures. These strategies have ranged from simple rebates to more complex financing mechanisms including leases, loans, and bonds.

Recently, we completed two process evaluations that examined the results of two innovative financing programs in Maine and Oregon. We co-authored a literature review of successful industry practices for Efficiency Maine Trust's PowerSaver Program. We also completed a comprehensive process evaluation for Clean Energy Works of Oregon (CEWO), which has evolved from a city-wide pilot program in Portland to implementation across the state.

Katherine, Paul Bony of ClimateMaster and Marky Moore of Capital Review Group, are also putting the finishing touches on a new white paper aimed at reducing financing barriers for geothermal heat pumps (GHPs). Geothermal Heat Pumps: The "Killer Utility App" for the 21st Century describes an innovative new financing approach that utilities can use to successfully meet these challenges while also creating a viable and profitable clean energy strategy. However, the key to this new approach is a technology that has a proven track record of long-term success dating back to the beginning of the last century. The next "killer app" for the electric utility industry is the geothermal heat pump (GHP).    


Our paper will be published in mid-January, and links will be available from our website at 

Johnson Consulting Group is a Nationally-Recognized Woman-Owned Business


As a way to stay in step with our client base, our firm has been re-certified as a Woman's Business Enterprise by Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which conducts a rigorous independent verification of our business ownership and practices.


In addition, we have also completed all the required paperwork to become certified as a woman-owned business in the following states:


  • Illinois

  • Maryland

  • Oregon and

  • Texas 

We are hoping to add to this list in 2013, as our client base continues to expand both across the US and Canada.

Arkansas IEM Update  


Our first year serving as the Independent Evaluation Monitor (IEM) in Arkansas brought both successes and some important "lessons learned." Several members of our team as well as the Parties Working Collaboratively (PWC) will be sharing their insights during the AESP National Conference. We believe these presentations will be very informative as we look to share the exciting progress Arkansas has made in promoting energy efficiency activities across the state. To learn more, check out the following presentations on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

  • Scott Dimetrosky of Apex Analytics will be moderating a panel discussion called Technical Reference Manuals (TRM): Total Research Madness that will feature insights regarding the policy discussions for TRMs, and will include two IEM team members, Jim Bradford of Mesa Point Energy, and Jeff Inhen of Michaels Energy.
  • Sherry McCormack, AEP-SWEPCO, a member of the PWC will be sharing some of the benefits and challenges of working jointly to conduct EM&V activities in Arkansas in her presentation called: You're Bigger, I'm Smaller - Voluntary Joint Utility Evaluation, Measurement & Verification.
Where in the World is Dr. KJ?

Jan. 3, 7-8-IEM Meetings, Little Rock, AR
Jan. 14-16-City of Springfield, MO site visits
Jan. 21-25-Missouri EM&V Meetings, St. Louis, MO
Jan. 27-Feb. 1-AESP 23rd National Conference, Orlando, FL
Feb. 6th-Utility Advisory Board Meeting, Winter Park, FL
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In This Issue
Starting EM&V in the "Show-Me State"
Energy Efficiency Financing Strategies
Nationally-Recognized Woman-Owned Business
Arkansas IEM Update
Where in the World is Dr. KJ?
Fun Stuff
Upcoming Stories in the Spring Issue
Fun Stuff    


The Newest Member of our Family


In October, Katherine added another team member to the Johnson Consulting Group staff-- an eco-friendly Subaru Forester 2.5x Limited. Long a fan of Subarus Katherine was especially pleased that Subaru offered this environmentally-friendly SUV. It was built in a zero-landfill plant and features Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV)which can have even lower emissions than hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles. has already zipped around the DC beltway to client meetings and the three airports in her aptly-named new car called Java-Lava based on its peppy acceleration and dark charcoal color. Safe travels to all in 2013! 

Upcoming Stories in the Spring Issue:

A preview of coming attractions for our Spring issue will include the following:

  • Getting "Smarter" in Grid Shaping Strategies in Wyoming
  • Fine-Tuning Evaluation Plans in British Columbia
  • Updates and Key Takeaways from EM&V in Missouri, Arkansas and ?
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