COA Energized for 2014; FDD Report Recognized by EC

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September 2013   

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Council of Advisors Looks Forward to 2014 Role in HVAC Action Plan Update

  Mark Lowry, Chair of
  the Council of Advisors

Earlier this year, the WHPA Charter was amended to streamline activities and reporting of the Alliance. Part of this process included further definition of the role for the WHPA Council of Advisors (COA). It is significant that Council of Advisors (COA) industry members are, with two exceptions, all representing organizations with members. The COA currently includes organizations representing more than 75,000 individuals.

“We needed to more concretely connect the great work going on in the Alliance to the processes governing its existence,” explains COA Chair Mark Lowry (Executive VP, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society). “By assuming a major role in updating the HVAC Action Plan (HAP), the COA’s focus going forward is to align committee activities with the HAP, assess WHPA progress towards HAP goals, and provide feedback to HAP updating and revision.”

An in-person meeting of the COA will be held on November 14, 2013 in Pasadena, California following the IHACI Tradeshow. During this meeting, COA participants will get a better idea of all the work currently being done in the WHPA Committees, consider progress to date on goals outlined in the HAP and then start discussions about better integrating all these efforts to help maximize peak load reduction in California.

Recruitment of additional qualified member organizations to the COA is on the 2014 horizon as well. Particularly in the area of end users (building owners, facility managers, etc.), the WHPA has long identified the need for the owners and users of equipment to be more actively engaged. Recruiting will now be addressed by the COA leadership
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“None of this activity preempts or changes what’s already going on,” says Lowry. “Rather, it’s a way to get more WHPA members engaged and fill a void in our feedback mechanisms.”

Two Committee Reports to EC Demonstrate Value of Member Expertise and Teamwork

When Dr. Kristin Heinemeier, Chair of the Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) Committee presented the 13-page report to the WHPA Executive Committee in July, there was a vote of approval, and an unanimous chorus of “Well done” from the EC.

With that vote, months of hard work and countless hours contributed by expert industry volunteers completed the process spelled out in the WHPA charter. The process starts with defining a Committee or Working Group topic and its relationship to the Strategic Plan, and culminates in a presentation for acceptance by the EC. While the work may well continue, the EC presentation and response gives the work product the right to affix the WHPA brand on the report.

Several other WHPA Committees and Working Groups have previously submitted work products to the WHPA with a positive response; in 2013 both the Residential QI Committee and the Residential Upstream Incentive Working Group made presentations.


Committee and Working Group members whose reports have received the WHPA brand should be very proud of their achievement, and of their contributions to the mission of the WHPA.

James Tuleya, former Chair of the Executive Committee and Senior Product Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, said,  “The structure for collaboration among a broad set of knowledgeable industry stakeholders, government entities and utilities in developing work products in Committees and presenting them to the EC is very helpful.  We all learn much from each other through this process that helps to inform both our program designs and improvements and the industry’s contributions to achieving the State of California’s Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan goals.”

Chairs Get Help from New Action Request Form

A standardized form has developed by WHPA Staff to support Committee and Working Group Chairs.

The Action Request Form tracks the flow of a work product, typically a report, from the formation of the Committee/WG through the eventual submission of a work product to the Executive Committee for review and approval.

This is one of several documents developed to support the industry chairs. Talk to your WHPA staff person to learn about the full range of documents and services that are available to you.

Thanks, Everybody!
Value of WHPA Volunteer Time Tops $2M Mark

November Meeting of WHPA Leaders To Cover CA Policy and 2014 WHPA Goals

Executive Committee, Council of Advisors, and Committee Chairs of the WHPA are meeting in November in Pasadena, CA to hear updates from California energy efficiency policy makers and to discuss WHPA goals for 2014. The meetings are being held around the schedule of the Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries (IHACI) trade show, which meets on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

A California policy organization (CPUC/ CEC) speaker will update the EC meeting attendees on Assembly Bill 758, the “Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program for Existing Buildings”. The CPUC keynote speaker on the second day of meetings, which will be attended jointly by the EC, COA and Committee Chairs, will discuss “The Role of HVAC in the Research and Technology Action Plan”.

Committee Chairs will provide updates to the assembled leadership team on their Committee and Working Group 2013 accomplishments and their plans and challenges for 2014. WHPA members are encouraged to provide any comments or questions to their Committee Chairs in advance of the meeting.

Talbot Gee, Bob Baker, Warren Lupson and Mel Johnson at the EC meeting Nov. 2012

 

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