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Lon W. House, PhD, CEM, CSDP
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AZ, CA USA
phone: 530-676-8956 (Office) or 530-409-9702 (Cell)
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Lon House Water Energy Expert PhotoLon W. House, PhD, CEM, CSDP, is a Water and Energy Consultant with over 25 years of experience. Dr. House has a Bachelors, two Masters, and a PhD in Engineering and Economics from UC Davis. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP) with the Association of Energy Engineers.

Background Experience - Dr. House taught engineering in Graduate School at UC Davis for a number of years and was the Founder and Co-Director for Hydropower at the UCD Energy Institute. He worked for the California Energy Commission as a utility planner, and was the chief utility planner for the California Public Utilities Commission.

Dr. House is the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) energy consultant, representing 500 water agencies which are responsible for over 90 percent of the water delivered in California. He is the California Rural Water Association (CRWA) energy adviser representing over 1,100 rural water systems in California. Dr. House also works for the California Public Utilities Commission as a water - energy expert witness on transmission issues, and for the California Energy Commission as a researcher in the water sector.

Dr. House has been involved in over 50 successful renewable energy solicitations, everything from biogas to wind to solar to small hydro. He is responsible for training and installation of over 25 small hydroelectric projects along in the Thailand/Myanmar border area in SE Asia.

Litigation Support - Lon W. House provides expert witness testimony, regulatory representation, economic evaluations, policy directives, and planning functions for selected clients. His clients include public agencies, trade organizations, regulatory agencies, and independent power producers. He has testified numerous times before the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, California Power Authority, California Independent System Operator, California State Legislature, State Water Resources Control Board, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the United States Senate.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Water Resources
  • Energy Generation
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Hydroelectric / Hydropower
  • Water / Energy Due Diligence
  • Rural Water Systems
  • Contract Management
  • Water / Energy Pricing
  • Water / Energy Procurement
  • Utilities Valuation
  • Regulatory Representation
  • Wastewater Systems
  • California Office
    2795 East Bidwell Street
    Suite 100-176
    Folsom, CA, 95630
    Arizona Office
    10645 N. Oracle Road
    Suite 121 - 216
    Oro Valley, AZ, 95735


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    This article provides a brief comparison of the public sector vs. private sector in terms of characteristics, applicable incentives, and decision- making criteria for participating in new, untried endeavors like demand-side programs, using water agencies in California as the public sector example. Recommendations on characteristics of utility demandside programs likely to be attractive to public agencies are provided.

    Water utilities are facing a number of issues: droughts and climatic variations in water supply, rapidly rising operating costs, demands for increasingly expensive investments in treatment for fresh water and wastewater, heightened customer expectations in both service and environmental impacts, and the need to replace aging infrastructure. This has spurred interest among water suppliers in managing water demand, capturing all revenue, minimizing distribution system and customer water losses, and increasing customer support and information. A change in their metering systems is one of the primary tools to do this.

    11/30/2016 · Energy - Utilities
    Smart meters have been prominent in the energy utility world, and are beginning to make substantial inroads in the water utility world. Smart meters are probably more useful for the water sector than for the energy sector, and the old days of billing total water consumption during the last month or two is being phased out with the introduction of time-of-use water consumption information. Smart meter installations have reported numerous benefits, both operational and on the customer side (see Table 1). Aside from the obvious savings from reduced need for onsite meter reading, the ability to identify not just the volume of water consumption but also the timing of that consumption has significant benefits, particularly to customers, and may be a linchpin for enhanced water conservation efforts.

    10/25/2016 · Energy - Utilities
    One of the state of California's largest end uses of electricity is in the treatment, heating and cooling, and conveyance of water. In 2005, the California Energy Commission estimated that water-related energy accounts for almost 20% of the state's electricity requirements. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) followed this observation by authorizing water-energy pilot projects designed to validate claims that saving water can save energy and explore whether energy savings may be realized through water conservation measures and incorporated into electric utility energy efficiency programs (http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Energy+Efficiency/Water+Energy+Nexus+Programs.htm).

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    Derek J. Franken
    8005 Royal Gardens Place
    El Cajon CA 92021
    USA
    phone: 619-990-4245
    fax: 619-334-1880
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    Derek J. Franken is general engineering contractor with over 35 years’ experience specializing in Wet Utilities. Mr. Franken has managed a staff of more than 250 employees with yearly project volumes ranging from $60-$100 million, including the successful completion of a single $25 million project under his supervision. His expertise includes all aspects of full service site utilities including all work incidental to the trade. Mr. Franken also has extensive knowledge with agency construction standards such as the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, County of Riverside, etc., and greenbook specifications.

    Mr. Franken has project managed all phases of construction from pre-bid job walks through final completion, managed multiple field operations, coordinated up to 40 subcontractors on a single project, conducted project planning meetings with public and private entities including owners, developers, inspectors and subcontractors. His trade experience includes underground repairs, fire services, sewer lines, water lines, paving and concrete work for trench repair, backflow preventers, manholes, storm drain lines and storm drain structures with old and new construction pipelines, pump stations and lift stations.

    He has worked with local attorneys consulting on various cases specializing in construction litigations to resolve claims and disputes by providing depositions, hazard analysis, construction defects, discovery for mediation and claims, and expert opinion. Mr. Franken takes a fair, informative and investigative approach in such disputes. A key association was a forensic investigation for a multi-million dollar case involving methane gas in homes. In the past 35+ years, Mr. Franken has completed several private and public works projects from Imperial Valley to Yuma to Riverside County, some of which had unique problems resulting in lawsuits. In the last 10 years, Mr. Franken has been at the forefront of every issue facing the largest wet utility contractor in San Diego County with pipeline issues, pump stations, paving, concrete structures, boring and tunneling.

    Mr. Franken can provide expert witness services for Construction Industry Standard Practices, standards of care, safety issues, construction defects, contract disputes, etc. with onsite review, written reports, depositions, mediation, and trial testimony, if needed, locally and nationwide. He is able to communicate complex issues in a clear, detailed and effective manner.

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