The mission of the Council of Advisors (COA) is to own, evolve, update, and help implement the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (CEESP) and the HVAC Action Plan. This responsibility includes assessing progress of these plans:
  • In the market
  • In IOU programs
  • In regulatory policy

The following types of organizations are eligible for membership in the Council of Advisors (COA):

  • Organization with members such as associations, societies, labor unions, etc.
  • Certifying bodies, such as AABC, BPI, EMA, NATE, NEBB, STAR, TABB, and similar.
  • Publicly owned/municipal utilities, such as LADWP and SMUD.
To automatically become a member of the the COA, all that is required of the organization types identified above is to express a interest in and willingness to serve, and to appoint a spokesperson.  This can be accomplished by contacting us 

SMART Goal Topics and Priorities

2016-2017 SMART Goal Topic

Provide input into appropriate business plans as requested.

WHPA COA Priorities as of June 23, 2016

  1. View deliverable - Represent the WHPA, its activities, and work products, by communicating this information through current member organizations and other companies, to the HVAC market. This may be done through industry publications, newsletters, websites, etc.
  2. Actively recruit new and diverse stakeholder organizations and their representatives to become active WHPA registered members to maximize industry involvement in Committees and Working Groups.
  3. Develop a gap analysis and stakeholder action plan to improve group alignment and communication among the IOUs, CPUC, CEC, and industry.

Reporting Structure

The Council of Advisors reports to the Executive Committee. The Policy and Legislative Communications (PLC) Working Group reports to the Council of Advisors. To see the complete WHPA organization chart, click here.  

Member List

The Council of Advisors meets quarterly, through participation in a joint call with the Executive Committee, and through participation in at least one annual in-person meeting. Meetings are closed unless designated as an open meeting. Guests and participants participate by invitation only.

The Council of Advisors is, generally speaking, an “organization of organizations”.  The Council of Advisors is currently active. Invitation is open to all organizations meeting the membership criteria, as specified in the WHPA Charter.  New members are very welcome. For more information, please email WHPA Staff Shea Dibble or Ellen Steiner.

The Chair is Dominick Guarino (NCI) and the Vice Chair is Scott Higa (SCE).

Council of Advisors Member List

Other HVAC and energy efficiency industry groups are eligible to join the Council of Advisors. These include the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), California Energy Efficiency Industry Council, Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), Restaurant Facility Management Association (RFMA) and others.

The member companies, a general description of the company, and their representative(s) serving on the Council of Advisors are listed below. Click on the company logo to go to their website.

Member Description Representative  Title
  ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the HVACR community, working together to promote professional contracting, energy efficiency, and healthy, comfortable indoor environments.
Don Langston Board Member
  AHRI’s 309 member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world, and account for more than 90 percent of HVACR and water heating residential and commercial equipment manufactured and sold in North America. Garrett McGuire Senior Manager, Government Affairs
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of over 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education. Ron Jarnagin Designated Representative
  We are a developer of technical standards for home performance and weatherization retrofit work. From these standards, we’ve developed professional credentialing for individuals and company accreditations – including quality assurance programs – that help raise the bar in home performance contracting. John Jones National Technical Director
California Association of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors, National Association (CAL SMACNA) is a non-profit statewide trade association representing over 600 sheet metal and air conditioning contractors who employ more than 25,000 union employees and administrative personnel throughout the state of California. Chris Walker Policy Advisor
CALBO (California Building Officials) is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization dedicated to promoting public health and safety in building construction through responsible legislation, education and building code development. Founded in 1962, CALBO provides a host of valuable services to its over 500 members. Mark Meyers Building Official
The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, in conjunction with other state and federal agencies, is working to assist students who have been affected by the recent regulatory actions involving Corinthian colleges. Our 113 colleges, which serve 2.1 million students, are ready to help students who wish to pursue their educational goals at community college.
Jim Caldwell
Statewide Director/Sector Navigator
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. It is our mission to assess, advocate and act through public/private partnerships to improve energy systems that promote a strong economy and a healthy environment.
Lea Haro Supervisor, Compliance and Enforcement Unit
  The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. The CPUC serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy. Steve Rickert
Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst
  The Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions through the home improvement and renewable energy industries. EGIA has facilitated the financing of over 80,000 residential and business projects.
Andre Christian
Manager, Utility & Government Services
HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies. HARDI proudly represents more than 440 distributor members representing nearly 4,000 branch locations and over 500 suppliers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors. Talbot Gee Executive Vice President and COO
  HVAC Excellence is a not for profit organization that has been serving the HVACR industry since 1994. It is our goal to improve competency through validation of the technical education process. We know that all of the challenges that face our industry are achievable by continuous improvement in the way that we prepare technicians.
 Eugene Silberstein
Director of Technical Education and Standards
  The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is a global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 63,000 members include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. 
 Keith Walker
Approved Representative
  The Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries, Inc., is a non-profit trade association of contractors, manufacturers, distributors, utility firms, and related businesses actively engaged in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and sheet metal industries. Bob Wiseman Chairman of the Board
  The Joint Committee on Energy and Environmental Policy is charged with the responsibility to monitor and influence energy and environmental policy in California as it pertains to and impacts the HVAC industry. Its mission is to promote responsible environmental policy and encourage efficient HVAC market transformation through collaboration with industry stakeholders and regulatory agencies. David Dias
Business Representative
  Founded in 1997, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, NATE is the certification organization governed, owned, operated, developed and supported by the entire HVAC/R industry. John Lanier
Chief Operating Officer
  National Comfort Institute, Inc. provides training, equipment and consultation to HVAC contractors around the world so they can provide more comfortable and energy efficient homes/offices to their customers. NCI member contractors learn to test/diagnose systems to determine their existing efficiency and capacity to deliver comfort, pinpoint troubles, effectively correct deficiencies, and document post-correction, measured HVAC performance for their customers. Dominick Guarino
(COA Chair)
  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. We provide natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California. Christian Weber
Sr. Product Manager
  The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) is America's premiere trade group for the p-h-c professional. PHCC has more than 3,500 open and union shop contractor members who successfully manage businesses in residential service and new construction, commercial and industrial markets.
Chuck White
VP of Technical and Code Services
  San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is a regulated public utility that provides energy service to 3.5 million people through 1.4 million electric meters and 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. Our service area spans 4,100 square miles. Paul Thomas
HVAC Strategy Lead
Jeremy Reefe
Sr. Program Manager
  Serving a population of 1.4 million people, SMUD is the nation’s sixth-largest electric utility that’s owned by its customers. SMUD began delivering power to the Sacramento region in 1946 and since then has provided electricity for most of Sacramento County, as well as small portions of Placer and Yolo counties. Ravi Patel
Demand Side Specialist

Edison International, through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE)—a regulated electric utility. Scott Higa
Program Manager
(COA Vice Chair)
Matt Horwitz
Demand Side Mgmt. Strategic Planning Engineer
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has been delivering natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.9 million consumers through 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities. Harvey Bringas
Customer Programs Advisor
Hackett Barney
Energy Programs Advisor
  The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. There are approximately 340,000 UA members who belong to over 300 individual local unions across North America. Don Tanaka
Director of HVACR and Plumbing

WHPA Membership Kit

Goal 1 for the COA in 2016 included the development of a set of informational deliverables to be prepared for each COA member organization and to be used within and potentially outside their organization. This work was completed and presented to the COA at its Oct. 31 meeting.

  • Describe what WHPA is about.
  • Describe where the organization has participants involved in the WHPA.
  • Solicit additional participation from that organization to the WHPA.
The deliverables below are available to every WHPA member organization:
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