The WHPA has many committees at work on 2015 goals. Click here for an expanded view of the WHPA Organization Chart.
Engaged and energized. That’s a good description of the 13 WHPA Committees and Working Groups. The WHPA volunteer groups are each driven by the 2015 goals that their members define, based on the high level 2015 SMART Goals.
The focus for the past several years, as encouraged by the Investor Owned Utilities that fund the WHPA, is on deliverables. All 21 completed WHPA Work Product are posted on the WHPA website.
More WHPA groups are working with California public policy organizations, especially the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utility Commission, than ever before. A deeper look at two new Committees is included in this newsletter.
The WHPA organization chart above shows the relationship of the entities. Each Committee and Working Group also has a webpage with complete information.
New HVAC Energy Savings and DEER Committee Tackling Big Issues
DEER, the Database for Energy Efficient Resources, has a major impact on the HVAC and energy efficiency in California. Sponsored by the California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), this database was designed to provide well-documented estimates of energy and peak demand savings values, and measure costs and effective useful life.
WHPA members have long discussed how they can provide more "real world" data and input into DEER, and 2015 is the year that is happening with the establishment of the HVAC Energy Savings and DEER Committee.
Carlos Santamaria is the WHPA Staff for the Committee, which is chaired by Ron Jarnigan, former president of ASHRAE. Carlos explained that the 2015 goal of the Committee is to assist other WHPA Committees and Working Groups in the process of providing credible data to the DEER team.
"For example", said Carlos, "If contractors have energy efficiency data as a result of improved QI, QM and FDD, we want to share that information with the DEER team and then have it be accepted."
Existing Buildings Action Plan Committee Providing Broad Industry Representation
The WHPA has reached a major milestone, thanks to a new WHPA committee, Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan Committee (formerly known as AB758).
Barbara Hernesman (CalCERTS) is Co-Chair with Jeanne Duvall (PG&E) of the committee. Barbara said, "The WHPA is reaching a major milestone in bringing broad industry representation into direct, working interaction with the California Energy Commission (CEC) as it is formulating public policy."
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Barbara Hernesman (CalCERTS) – Committee Co-Chair
CEC Existing Buildings EE Action Plan Will Shape HVAC Policy in CA
California Assembly Bill AB758 will have far-reaching impact on HVAC and Energy Efficiency (EE) policy in the California. The core policy and deployment prorgams are likely to ripple throughout the US and the world.
The full document is below. The beginning of the document is "must reading" for understanding the background of this important initiative.