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FEMP Federal Energy Management Program
The Federal Energy Management Program helps agencies save energy, save taxpayer dollars, and demonstrate leadership with responsible, cleaner energy choices.
Locations: Americas - US
Type: Mandatory Standard
 
2020-10-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Federal Energy Management Program

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.


FEMP LAUNCHES TECHNICAL RESILIENCE NAVIGATOR WEB TOOL

Be sure to check out FEMP’s new interactive web tool, the Technical Resilience Navigator (TRN). Identify targeted resilience solutions that are prioritized by their ability to reduce the risk your facility faces when confronted with energy and water disruptions. Start your organization’s resilience journey today at trn.pnnl.gov.

ENERGY EXCHANGE EXTRA 2020 IS NOW AVAILABLE! 

Starting in mid-September the Energy Exchange released four additional training packages weekly. Energy Exchange Extra is available to registrants at no additional cost. These new sessions, plus the 40 technical training sessions offered at the August event, are only available on the Energy Exchange platform. Continuing education units for accredited training are available through October 30, 2020. Even if you did not attend in August, it's not too late to participate: register now!


FEMP Focus

eProject Builder Version 3.0 Released

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently released version 3.0 of its energy project tracking and archiving tool, eProject Builder (ePB).  ePB 3.0 expands the tool’s capability to accommodate two project types, utility energy service contracts (UESCs) and direct-funded projects, in addition to ePB’s traditional focus, energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs). While it was technically possible to use ePB for these project types before, the modifications make the tool considerably “friendlier” for users pursuing UESCs and direct-funded projects. Some of the modifications relate primarily to terminology, but there are also functional changes.  As an example, savings “guarantees” are eliminated for UESCs, and direct-funded projects do not include loan amortization schedules. In addition, ePB version 3.0 provides a new project data report output that can be directly uploaded to FEMP's EISA 432 Compliance Tracking System (CTS) to populate the CTS Initiated Projects Report. The LBNL team is currently planning an early fall release of version 3.1, which will add the ability to enter ESPC energy sales agreements into the tool as well. 

Distributed Energy Resources Cybersecurity Framework (DERCF) Available

Sponsored by FEMP, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory-developed Distributed Energy Resources Cybersecurity Framework (DERCF) fills a critical gap that expands upon existing cybersecurity frameworks for evaluating the cybersecurity posture of federal sites with distributed energy systems. Available as both a written guide and web-based application, the DERCF helps users pinpoint cybersecurity vulnerabilities for renewable energy systems—based on unique facilities, personnel, and operational procedures—and develops customized action plans to improve an organization's security controls and practices. Watch the video to learn more.

GSA Awards Largest ESPC ENABLE Project to Date 

General Services Administration (GSA) Region 5 recently awarded the largest project to date under FEMP's ESPC ENABLE program to Honeywell—with a total implementation price of $18.5 million and total financed contract value is $24.6 million. ESPC ENABLE was designed to permit a standardized and streamlined procurement process to install energy conservation measures (ECMs) in six months or less. The GSA project includes a courthouse, a federal office building, and a parking garage in Detroit, Michigan, with ECMs consisting of converting from district steam heat to gas boilers in the courthouse and federal office building, and lighting in the courthouse and parking garage. This project used an ENABLE Enterprise Approach to facilitate an effective, efficient process for undertaking the project. GSA and Honeywell also took COVID-19 considerations into account, as part of a special provision included in the awarded contract. Read more about ESPC ENABLE.

DOE Extends IDIQ ESPC 4th Gen Solication Proposal Deadline

In July 2020 DOE announced the fourth generation solicitation for energy and water saving contracts to private-sector companies that will help improve the efficiency and address the infrastructure needs of federal facilities. DOE will award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) ESPCs to multiple vendors. The response deadline has been extended to November 9, 2020. The solicitation can be accessed on beta.SAM.gov or FedConnect (search by title "DOE FEMP ESPC IDIQ, Generation 4" or reference number "89243419REE000007"). 

FEMP Honors Federal Champions with 2020 FEDS Spotlight Recognition

FEMP honored federal energy champions selected for recognition by their agency leaders and peers as part of FEMP's fourth annual FEDS Spotlight at this year's virtual Energy Exchange. Read more about how this year's champions worked to implement exceptional resilient, efficient, and secure energy and water management practices and projects, while also helping their agencies to achieve mission success. 


New Resources Spotlight

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Upcoming Webinars and Virtual Events

EVSE Power And Installation Requirements:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET

eProject Builder (ePB) Demonstration (Introductory)

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. ET

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. ET

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program

Monday, November 16–Wednesday, November 18, 2020  (Generalist + HVAC Specialist) 

Friday, November 20, 2020 (IT Specialist) 

Tuesday, January 12–Thursday, January 14, 2021  (Generalist + HVAC Specialist) 

Friday, January 15, 2021 (IT Specialist) 

Interested in more training events? View FEMP’sTraining Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings. 

2020-03-26
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Description:

Federal Energy Management Program Update

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

Register now and book your hotel for the 2020 Energy Exchange! This year’s event will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from August 11–13, 2020.

✔ Read about how DOE recognized the first U.S. power plant at Tennessee Valley Authority as 50001 Ready


FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates. 

FEMP Adds New Webpage on Optimizing Solar PV Performance for Longevity

The Federal Government has increased the amount of on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) systems tenfold in the last eight years. PV system performance can be optimized throughout the 20- to 30-year lifespans by conducting proper operations and maintenance (O&M). FEMP’s new webpage offers an overview of PV performance, how to measure it, and how to optimize it with an O&M plan. Check out the Optimizing Solar PV Performance for Longevity webpage.

FEMP Announces Call for 2020 FEDS Spotlight Nominees

FEMP invites agencies to nominate federal employees working to implement exceptional projects and programs that demonstrate the importance of collaboration and innovation and offer efficient, resilient, and secure energy and water management solutions. FEMP’s FEDS Spotlight will recognize these champions as part of the 2020 Energy Exchange, being held in Atlanta, Georgia from August 11–13, 2020. Participating agencies are eligible to nominate up to three federal employees meeting the criteria described in the template guidance. All nominations must submitted to FEMP through the agency’s headquarters level point of contact by Friday, May 1, 2020. Visit FEMP’s website for more information. 

FEMP Supports Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Ongoing Pursuit of Data Center Optimization

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) National Energy Scientific Research Computing Center (NERSC), a Department of Energy Better Buildings Data Center Partner, has paved a new way in energy efficiency in high performance computing. FEMP’s support of the Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers provided subject matter expertise to NERSC team’s ongoing pursuit of performance optimization. The project has already cut energy and water consumption significantly—by 1.8 million kilowatt hours and more than a half million gallons annually—with further measures in the works. The project has also implemented ongoing monitoring to provide NERSC with tools to assess the reliability of the energy efficiency measures put in place over time. Learn more about these efforts on LBNL's website

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Offers New Energy-Efficient Product Procurement Webinars

LBNL is kicking off 2020 with a new Contracting for Efficiency Webinar Series. This three-part training will present an overview of energy-efficient product procurement (EEPP) requirements and new ways to help ensure federal agencies achieve significant savings from the adoption of energy-efficient products. The first webinar, Introduction to Energy Efficient Product Procurement, will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. It will focus on the requirements for purchasing energy-efficient products and FEMP’s EEPP program and resources. The webinar will also cover the benefits of energy-efficient product procurement, including cost savings, emissions reductions, and market transformation potential. Register for the first webinar in the series.  

Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreement Training Series Now Available On-Demand

The energy savings performance contract energy sales agreement (ESPC ESA) training series is now available on-demand through FEMP’s training search. ESPC ESAs use the ESPC authority for distributed energy projects on federal buildings or land where the ECM is privately-owned initially and the agency purchases the electricity. With the investment tax credit declining from 30% to 10% by 2022 for taxable business entities, this is great time to learn about how to implement distributed energy projects on federal building or land through ESPC ESAs. Check out the training series.

Updated Power Chain Tool for Calculating Electric System Efficiency Opportunities in Data Centers

Data center operators now have an improved FEMP-sponsored tool for assessing energy and cost savings in their core electrical systems. The updated Power Chain Tool from LBNL’s Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers solicits user data on uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), power distribution units, transformers, etc., and identifies energy-saving actions, along with estimated energy and cost savings and payback periods. The revamped tool integrates new UPS technology and performance data and allows for a finer-grained characterization of electric system components. 

REopt Lite Goes Open Source

Complex models, robust data sets, custom capabilities—now users can dig into the code behind the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) REopt Lite™ web tool. REopt Lite Open Source is the latest way for federal researchers and software developers to use REopt Lite for research, analysis, and project development. The REopt Lite web tool helps users evaluate the economic viability of grid-connected photovoltaics, wind, and battery storage at a site; identify system sizes and battery dispatch strategies to minimize energy costs; and estimate how long a system can sustain critical loads during a grid outage. Read NREL’s news story.


Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.


Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

WEBINAR: ESPC ESA Workshop Outcomes

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 2–3:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Smart Lab Webinar Series at I2SL: New Methods to Test Performance of Modern Fume Hoods and High-Performance Airflow Systems

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 1–2:00 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Get Smart (Labs): Results from the Smart Labs Accelerator

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3–4:00 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program 

Out of an abundance of caution, the upcoming Data Center Energy Practitioner Training will be conducted virtually, originally set to take place in San Francisco, California on May 13–15, 2020 (Generalist + HVAC Specialist). We are in the process of organizing the logistics and will share that information as soon as we can on the DCEP website. If you have any questions, please email us at mherrlin@ancis.us. We are also determining if changes are necessary to the in-person DCEP trainings planned for summer and fall 2020. We will keep you informed. 

WEBINAR: Opportunities for ESPCs in Data Centers

Thursday May 21, 2020 1–2:30 p.m. EDT

Interested in more training events? View FEMP’sTraining Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

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2020-02-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Federal Energy Management Program Update

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

Register now and book your hotel for the 2020 Energy Exchange! This year’s event will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from August 11–13, 2020.

Register now for FEMP's upcoming Energy Savings Performance Contracting Energy Sales Agreements (ESPC ESAs) workshop on March 11, 2020.

✔ Save the date for the 2020 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar, May 6–7, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates. 

FEMP’s 2020 Energy Exchange - Registration Open!  

This year's annual Energy Exchange training and trade show event will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from August 11-13, 2020. With the theme, "Empowering Solutions," the 2020 event will focus on collaboration and innovation for federal agencies to leverage technologies and practices that offer efficient, resilient, and secure energy and water management solutions. The Energy Exchange remains the best opportunity for agencies to ensure workforce development is in alignment with legislative, Administration and agency mission objectives.  Register and book your hotel today!

January 2020 Product Category Updates

Federal agencies are required to purchase energy-efficient products. To help buyers meet these requirements, FEMP maintains acquisition guidance for product categories that have the potential to generate significant federal energy savings. In January 2020, FEMP approved updated purchasing guidance for 17 commercial food service equipment, appliance, and building envelope product categories. Find the full list of the latest covered product category updates on FEMP’s Search for Energy-Efficient Products web page, and search all federally applicable energy-efficient covered product categories in the Covered Product Category Search Results table. FEMP also provides direct links to EPA’s ENERGY STAR-certified products.

Register Now for FEMP's ESPC ESAs Workshop 

FEMP is holding an interactive ESPC ESAs workshop on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The workshop will discuss barriers and solutions for implementing ESPC ESAs; topics include the Investment Tax Credit, contract structure, and financier considerations. While intended primarily for energy service company project, renewable energy developer, and financier staff, federal agency champions are also encouraged to attend. Space is limited and a maximum of two representatives per organization is requested. Register now!

Call for Nominations is Open for the 2020 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

FEMP sponsors the annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to honor outstanding federal agency achievements in energy, water, and fleet management. Visit the webpage for more information and to download the 2020 Criteria and GuidelinesSubmit nominations by May 8, 2020.

FEMP will offer three identical one-hour WebEx presentations to provide an overview of the 2020 awards criteria and the online portal. Register here for the March 4 meeting at 1:30 pm EST. Register here for the March 26 meeting at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Register here for the April 16 meeting at 1:30 pm EDT.

Mark Your Calendar for the 2020 Spring FUPWG Seminar

The Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar will be hosted by FEMP and CenterPoint Energy on May 6–7, 2020 in Houston, Texas. The FUPWG seminar is held twice per year to share best practices, success stories, case studies, information about FEMP activities, and other business. Continuing Education Units will be offered for professional stakeholders that hold licenses and certifications that require continuing education. Registration will open and the agenda will be provided in early March; visit the seminar webpage for more information. The event will be held at CenterPoint Energy headquarters, and attendees are encouraged to secure hotel reservations as soon as possible via the hotel reservation links found on the webpage.

FEMP will also hold a Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contracts Training on May 4–5, 2020. Registration for this training is limited to federal and utility representatives, and will be separate from the FUPWG registration.

New FEMP Case Study Highlights Navy-Utility Collaboration 

A new FEMP case study highlights energy resilience and mission readiness at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Mississippi. Executed under an enhanced use lease agreement the Navy signed in 2016 with the serving utility, Mississippi Power Company (MPC), the project is split into two phases. In phase one, a 3.5-megawatt solar photovoltaic array built on brownfield land at the base began feeding the grid in MPC’s service area in early 2017. In phase two, slated for completion in late 2020, MPC and its partners are installing a microgrid system, lithium-ion battery storage, and state-of-the-art backup diesel generators. These measures, along with the integration of approximately one megawatt of power from the new solar array, will sustain many of the base’s most critical assets for at least 48 hours in the event of a grid outage. Read the full story.

Smart Labs Strategies Shared at 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference

Partners of FEMP’s Smart Labs Program and the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, presented on February 2, 2020 at the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference in a session entitled, “Brilliant Execution of Smart Labs: How to Employ Smart Labs to Improve Safety, Reduce Energy and Make Labs Sustainable.” This session showcased solutions for laboratory buildings to enable safe and efficient world class science through high-performance methods. It reviewed technology choices for implementing smart ventilation strategies and highlighted experiences from an implementer who is seeing the safety and energy-savings results through an integrated laboratory airflow management program. For more information about Smart Labs strategies, go to the Smart Labs Toolkit landing page.

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

WEBINAR: Better Benchmarking for Lab Buildings

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

IN-PERSON: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program

March 2–4, 2020 in Fairfax, VA (Generalist + HVAC Specialist)

March 2–5, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (IT Specialist + Generalist + HVAC Specialist)

March 9–10, 2020 in San Francisco, CA (Generalist + IT Specialist) 

May 13–15, 2020 in San Francisco, CA (Generalist + HVAC Specialist) 

June 10–12, 2020 in Seattle, WA (Generalist + HVAC Specialist) 

June 17–18, 2020 in San Francisco, CA (IT Specialist + Generalist) 

September 16–18, 2020 in Chicago, IL (Generalist + HVAC Specialist) 

IN-PERSON: Electric Vehicle Site Assessment

Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

WEBINAR: Utility Energy Service Contract Training For Federal Agencies

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EDT

IN-PERSON: ESPC ESA Workshop

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Advanced)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1–2:15 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: ESPC ESA Workshop Outcomes

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 2–3:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Get Smart (Labs): Results from the Smart Labs Accelerator

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 3–4:00 p.m. EDT

Interested in more training events? View FEMP’sTraining Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

 

 

 

 

2020-01-16
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Federal Energy Management Program Update

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.


Act Now!

✔ In case you missed it, listen to and read about Federal News Network's interview with Daniel Simmons, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Lucian Niemeyer, acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment. The two discuss how FEMP works with federal agencies to achieve impressive energy savings in federal facilities using energy savings performance contracts (ESPC).

✔ FEMP’s Transforming Research Labs webinar series provides information on opportunities for energy, water, and waste reduction in laboratories. The series is now on-demand with continuing education units (CEUs). Register today for Part I and Part II

✔ FEMP now offers CEUs for all five Just-in-Time (JIT) ESPC Webinars, recently adding CEUs for JIT Webinars 1–3. Register today for: 1: Managing Your Investment-Grade Audit; 2: The Critical Path To Success; and 3: Crossing The Finish Line To Award


FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates. 

FEMP Awards 2019 AFFECT Grants to Federal Facilities

FEMP has announced more than $5 million in funding for 11 projects to catalyze the adoption of energy and water efficiency and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the Federal Government. Agencies will use FEMP’s Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding in conjunction with external, leveraged funding, such as ESPCs, to amplify the projects’ impacts. Projects will advance energy affordability, integrate technologies that increase the resilience of a site and that are not commonly part of a leveraged project, and support the deployment of integrated energy systems that allow for standardized and streamlined practices to save energy and promote the safety, health, and operations of federal facilities. Cost-shared with industry, the total investment in energy and water efficiency could reach more than $140 million.

Read the full announcement for more information about the selected projects. 

REopt Lite Evolves To Address User Priorities

In addition to incorporating time-saving features and detailed guidance for international use, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s latest REopt Lite web tool upgrades address users’ growing focus on providing backup power to sustain critical load during outages. REopt Lite helps building managers evaluate the economic viability of grid-connected PV, wind, and battery storage at a site, identify system sizes and battery dispatch strategies to minimize energy costs, and estimate how long a system can sustain critical load during a grid outage. REopt Lite now has expanded resilience capabilities to enable users to optimally size new diesel generation and better understand the benefits and trade-offs of resilience. Along with expanded resilience results, the latest round of REopt Light updates include a load profile dashboard and updated default values. To learn more about the latest upgrades, check out NREL’s news article and try REopt Lite today.

New Templates Available for ESPC Energy Sales Agreements 

FEMP recently published new templates for ESPC Energy Sales Agreements (ESA), such as the Notice of Opportunity and Task Order Request for Proposal, for DOE’s indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle. An ESPC ESA is a project structure that uses the multi-year ESPC authority to implement distributed energy projects on federal buildings or land. Unlike traditional ESPCs, the ESA energy conservation measure is initially privately owned for tax incentive purposes, and the federal agency purchases the electricity produced (price in cents/kilowatt-hour, similar to a power purchase agreement). For more information about ESPC ESAs, check out FEMP’s website. To access the DOE IDIQ ESPC ESA templates, click here.

FEMP Releases Demand Response and Time-Variable Pricing Programs Website

In late November, FEMP launched a new website that provides profiles of demand response programs and utility time-variable pricing options across the country. This resource is unique in the U.S., offering a streamlined, no-cost way for commercial and industrial utility customers to access these lucrative opportunities. Federal agencies, as well as any private sector commercial and industrial customers, can quickly look up the offerings available in their state, get a quick description, and follow the link to the relevant program or tariff. Give it a try!


Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.


Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

IN-PERSON: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program

February 11–13, 2020 in San Francisco, CA  (Generalist + HVAC Specialist)

March 2–3, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (IT Specialist + Generalist)

March 3–5, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Generalist + HVAC Specialist)

March 9–10, 2020 in San Francisco, CA (Generalist + IT Specialist) 

WEBINAR: Facility-Related Control Systems (FRCS) Cybersecurity Tool Suite Overview

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

WEBINAR: Better Benchmarking for Lab Buildings

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

IN-PERSON: Electric Vehicle (EV) Site Assessment

Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Interested in more training events? View FEMP’sTraining Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

2019-12-04
Location: Newsletter
Description:

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

✔ Check out FEMP's new state-by-state Demand Response and Time-Variable Pricing Programs website

✔ Read a new fleet case study: Air Force Pursues Authority to Operate with Telematics.

✔ Visit FEMP's new web page, Distributed Energy Technologies for Resilience

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates. 

FEMP Shares Energy Strategies for Data Centers at 2019 Cloud and Infrastructure Summit

On Monday, October 28, 2019, professionals from the federal government IT, procurement, and data centers gathered at the 2019 Cloud and Infrastructure Summit to address cloud and infrastructure challenges, opportunities for IT modernization, and best practices for data management. FEMP participated in the event by sharing energy strategies related to the updated Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-16-19 released in June 2019, including a new fact sheet from the Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers that outlines key Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) guidance that can assist with improved energy efficiency. 

To read more about the 2019 Cloud and Infrastructure Summit, see FEMP’s news story.

To learn more about energy efficiency strategies, check out Energy Efficiency Drivers in the Updated DCOI fact sheet.

DOE's Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Addresses the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group

On November 7-8, the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar returned to Washington, D.C. for the first time since 2003. To help mark the occasion, Alex Fitzsimmons, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency within DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), shared his insights on EERE priorities, emphasizing the importance of the federal-utility collaboration on display at FUPWG. Mr. Fitzsimmons highlighted FEMP’s vital role in developing stakeholder partnerships and helping bridge the gap between DOE's research and development of next-generation energy technologies and their deployment and validation in the field. He emphasized that these partnerships are key to enhancing U.S. energy security and competitiveness.

Hosted by Edison Electric Institute, the seminar featured sessions on resilience, microgrids, cybersecurity, utility energy service contracts (UESC) best practices, combined heat and power, and more. Duke Energy and the U.S. Marine Corps presented a case study on a successful $100 million UESC project at Camp Lejeune.

The 2020 Spring FUPWG Seminar is scheduled for May 6–7, 2020 in Houston, Texas and will be hosted by CenterPoint Energy. More details will be posted on the FUPWG website in February 2020.

FEMP's Smart Labs Team Meets with DOE National Labs at Argonne

On November 13–14, 2019, FEMP's Smart Labs team joined attendees from 10 DOE National Laboratories at Argonne National Laboratory to discuss Smart Labs practices and how to incorporate them across the DOE labs. Presentations topics included design characteristics of high-performance laboratory buildings, the laboratory ventilation risk assessment and control banding process, building analytics, and change management. Participants also discussed the challenges of implementing Smart Labs practices and brainstormed ideas for overcoming them. The Smart Labs team will be documenting lessons learned from the workshop and sharing best practices in an upcoming Smart Labs Toolkit. For more information, read FEMP's news story and visit the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator website for case studies, presentations, and more.

Learn about the Smart Labs Model: UCI’s 2020 Workshop

FEMP’s Smart Labs Program will participate in the University of California Irvine’s (UCI) 2020 Smart Labs Workshop on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The workshop will showcase UCI’s improved programmatic approach to designing, operating, and maintaining safe and efficient laboratories. What started as a series of retrofits and dashboards in 2008 is now a platform for environmental health and safety and facilities personnel to cohesively manage complex space. Tangible results that pay for the program include a greater than 50% reduction in lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) energy, longer equipment life, quieter lab zones, and fewer hot and cold calls. Federal agencies, universities, and other sectors are adopting this model with help from the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator. Space is limited; visit the event website for more information and to register.

New IT Equipment Specialist Module Added to DCEP Training Program

The Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program raises the quality of energy assessments in data centers by training qualified practitioners. Historically, this program has focused on generalist and HVAC-specific training for data centers. DCEP is now extending its training offerings with a new IT Equipment Specialist module. This module will focus on topics such as IT asset performance, controlling IT equipment energy usage, and winning approval and executing IT energy efficiency projects. Visit the Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers for more information about DCEP and the IT Equipment Specialist module. Upcoming training events include:

  • San Francisco on February 11–13, 2020 (Generalist + HVAC Specialist)
  • Washington D.C. on March 2–3, 2020 (IT Specialist + Generalist)
  • Washington D.C. on March 3–5, 2020 (Generalist + HVAC Specialist)
  • San Francisco on March 9–10, 2020 (Generalist + IT Specialist) 

FEMP Hosts 2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

FEMP recently presented its 39th annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. These annual awards honor federal personnel and highlight their outstanding achievements related to energy and water cost savings, optimized energy and water use, and distributed energy at our nation’s federal facilities. The awards were presented to 28 winning individuals and teams by FEMP Director Robert Ivester and Alex Fitzsimmons, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency within EERE. Guest speakers included James Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installation and Facilities) and Skip Vaughn, Director, Office of Facilities and Property Management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Learn more.

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • FEMP Case Studies Map: FEMP offers case studies featuring federal agencies that have successfully implemented project financing options and energy- and water-efficient measures and technologies into their buildings and operations.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging for Employee Vehicles and Agency Fleets: Describes technical and financial considerations involved in electric vehicle charging, legislation and Executive Orders impacts on agency electric vehicle acquisition, installation of electric vehicle supply equipment, and associated reporting requirements.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

WEBINAR: ESPC ESA Webinar Series: DOE IDIQ ESPC with an ESA

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 2–3:30 p.m. EST

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Advanced)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 3–4:15 p.m. EST

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Thursday, December 17, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EST

ON-SITE: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program

Tuesday, February 11–Thursday, February 13, 2020 in San Francisco, CA

Monday, March 2–Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, March 3–Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Monday, March 9–Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in San Francisco, CA

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

Visit the website at energy.gov/eere.

 

 

2019-09-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar

Federal Energy Management Program

Register Now!

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar

November 7–8, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Hosted by Edison Electric Institute

The 2019 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar will be held Thursday and Friday, November 7–8 in Washington, D.C. FUPWG meets twice per year to share best practices, success stories, case studies, information about Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) activities and other business. It helps establish partnerships and foster communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects. These projects help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars. Please visit the FUPWG website for more details.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for our professional stakeholders who hold licenses and certifications that require continuing education.

FUPWG Seminar highlights include:

  • Washington Update
  • Utility Energy Service Contract Best Practices
  • Federal Agency and Department of Defense Updates
  • Utility Energy Service Contract Case Studies
  • Energy Resilience Presentation
  • Two-day Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract Training 
  • Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Forum

Agenda

View the agenda.

Registration Information

Registration is now open!

$225 – Register by Monday, October 7 to qualify for the discounted early registration fee 
$275 – Registration fee after Monday, October 7

FUPWG Attendance Policy

Unregulated utility affiliates, energy service companies, and other interested private sector participants may send a maximum of three attendees per organization, space permitting. These companies are encouraged to coordinate internally in advance to determine who should register for the seminar. Only badged attendees will be permitted to attend FUPWG meetings, breaks, and networking events.

Federal agencies and regulated utility companies have no maximum attendee registration limit, space permitting.

FUPWG Seminar Location

The 2019 Fall FUPWG Seminar will be held at the United States Navy Memorial, located at the corner of 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in northwest Washington, D.C.

United States Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

Metro Stop: Archives/Navy Memorial (via the Green and Yellow lines)

Hotel Reservations

Attendees are encouraged to secure hotel reservations as soon as possible since no room block is associated with this event.

Related Information

Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract Training
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 5–6, 2019

FEMP offers agencies training and partnership opportunities with their serving utilities that explore available contracting options including utility energy service contracts (UESCs). A UESC, ideal for any size project, is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. This two-day training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples.

This course is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, and there is no registration fee to attend. CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of an online quiz following the workshop. Priority registration will be given to contracting officers, contracting specialists, other federal employees, and regulated utility representatives. Other interested parties may attend if space is available.

Register for this training.

Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Forum
Friday, November 8, 2019 (1:00–1:45 p.m.)

This meeting is open to all FUPWG attendees with an interest in federal energy projects. The agenda is designed to provide an opportunity for an open exchange of information and discussion.

About FUPWG and the FUPWG Seminar Code of Conduct

FUPWG, initiated in 1994, was established to foster partnerships and facilitate communication among federal agencies and their regulated serving utilities to help agencies achieve their energy-related goals and mandates. All seminar attendees are required to honor the FUPWG Seminar guidelines. Hospitality and social functions (on- and off-site) are strictly prohibited from conflicting with the timing of FUPWG Seminar activities listed in the schedule of events. Signs, flyers, and handouts may not be displayed or distributed in the meeting or guestroom areas of the hotel reserved for FUPWG Seminar participants. The purpose of FUPWG is the open exchange of information—aggressive sales techniques are to be avoided while attending the seminar.

For more information, please visit the FUPWG webpage or contact Susan Courtney at scourtney@bgs-llc.com or 703-832-2456.


 

 

2019-09-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners Announced

Federal Energy Management Program

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now: 2019 Energy Exchange Reminders!

✔ Take the quizzes for the Energy Exchange sessions you attended on Whole Building Design Guide to obtain CEUs. Attendees will need to log in to your account or register for an account if you don't already have one. Quizzes are available until the deadline of October 31, 2019.

✔ Energy Exchange session presentations are now available to view online. Visit the Technical Training Agenda page, scroll down, and select a session to access session details and the available presentations. Please note, not all presentations are approved to be posted.

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates. 

FEMP Announces 2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners

FEMP congratulates the winners of the 2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards! FEMP holds its annual Awards competition to recognize federal employees and organizations, along with their private sector partners, for developing and implementing exemplary, cost-effective projects and programs at federal facilities that cut energy waste, reduce costs, optimize performance, and advance America’s progress toward energy independence, resilience, and security, while also enabling more effective accomplishments of federal agencies’ missions. Read about the winners and their accomplishments on FEMP's website.

Department of Defense Issues Request for Information to Identify Cybersecurity Workforce Gaps 

To address the requirements of Executive Order on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce, issued on May 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense is requesting agency and industry comments to assist in identifying cybersecurity workforce gaps and training requirements for cyber-physical systems (CPS). This is not a request for a capabilities statement, but a reporting of the status (skills required, known gaps, and related curricula) of the CPS workforce.

Respondents are asked to download and complete the attached Cyber-physical Workforce Report Survey. Please also refer to the attached Cyberworkforce Report and Inquiry Presentation for more information. Please submit your responses to Daryl Haegley by 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 13, 2019.

FEMP Recognizes Agency Champions at the 2019 FEDS Spotlight

FEMP's third annual FEDS Spotlight recognition program was presented at the 2019 Energy Exchange on August 22, 2019, where winners were honored by DOE, along with senior leaders and colleagues from across the federal government. In line with the 2019 Energy Exchange theme of “Be Efficient and Resilient,” this year's ceremony celebrated the achievements of the winners, who were selected by their own agencies, for helping to ensure efficient and mission-ready federal operations through replicable, cost-effective, and resilient projects and programs. Read about the winners and their accomplishments on FEMP's website.

Mark Your Calendar for the Fall FUPWG Seminar

The Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar will be hosted by FEMP and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) on November 7–8, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The FUPWG seminar is held twice per year to share best practices, success stories, case studies, information about FEMP activities, and other business. Continuing Education Units will be offered for professional stakeholders that hold licenses and certifications that require continuing education. Registration will open and the agenda will be provided in early September; check the seminar webpage for more information. The event will be held at the United States Navy Memorial, and attendees are encouraged to secure hotel reservations as soon as possible since no room block is associated with this event.  

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • ESCO Selector: This tool helps agencies create a notice of opportunity that complies with federal requirements, producing a standard template in Word format that is editable and easily tailored as needed.
  • FEMP EISA 432 Compliance Tracking System: This FEMP tool tracks agency performance of energy and water evaluations, project implementation and follow-up measures, and annual building benchmarking requirements.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

WEBINAR: Transforming Research Labs Part II  

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 1–2:30 p.m. EDT

ONSITE: Re-Tuning Challenge

Tuesday, September 10 – Thursday, September 12, 2019 in Fort Knox, KY

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 12:30 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 12:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: eProject Builder (ePB) Demonstration (Advanced) - Will cover the ePB M&V module and analysis & reporting feature.

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 3–4:15 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: ESPC ESA Webinar Series: DOE ESPC ENABLE with an ESA

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 2–3:30 p.m. EDT

ONSITE: Federal/Utility Strategic Partnership UESC Training - TECO Energy

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Tampa, FL

ONSITE: Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract Training

Tuesday, November 5 – Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in Washington, D.C. 

ONSITE: 2019 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

Thursday, November 7 – Friday, November 8, 2019 in Washington, D.C. 

WEBINAR: ESPC ESA Webinar Series: DOE IDIQ ESPC with an ESA

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 2–3:30 p.m. EDT

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

2019-08-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

2019 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

Federal Energy Management Program

Mark Your Calendar!

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar

November 7–8, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Hosted by Edison Electric Institute

The 2019 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar will be held Thursday and Friday, November 7–8 in Washington, D.C. FUPWG meets twice per year to share best practices, success stories, case studies, information about Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) activities and other business. It helps  establish partnerships and foster communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects. These projects help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars. Please visit the FUPWG website for more details.

Registration will open and the agenda will be provided in early September. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for our professional stakeholders who hold licenses and certifications that require continuing education.

FUPWG Seminar highlights include:

  • Washington Update
  • Utility Energy Service Contract Best Practices
  • Federal Agency and Department of Defense Updates
  • Utility Energy Service Contract Case Studies
  • Energy Resilience Presentation
  • Two-day Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract Training 
  • Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Forum

Agenda

Agenda will be posted in September.

Registration Information

Registration opens in September.

$225 – Register by Monday, October 7 to qualify for the discounted early registration fee 
$275 – Registration fee after Monday, October 7

FUPWG Attendance Policy

Unregulated utility affiliates, energy service companies, and other interested private sector participants may send a maximum of three attendees per organization, space permitting. These companies are encouraged to coordinate internally in advance to determine who should register for the seminar. Only badged attendees will be permitted to attend FUPWG meetings, breaks, and networking events.

Federal agencies and regulated utility companies have no maximum attendee registration limit, space permitting.

FUPWG Seminar Location

The 2019 Fall FUPWG Seminar will be held at the United States Navy Memorial, located at the corner of 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in northwest Washington, D.C.

United States Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

Metro Stop: Archives/Navy Memorial (via the Green and Yellow lines)

Hotel Reservations

Attendees are encouraged to secure hotel reservations as soon as possible since no room block is associated with this event.

Related Information

Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract Training
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 5–6, 2019

FEMP offers agencies training and partnership opportunities with their serving utilities that explore available contracting options including utility energy service contracts (UESCs). A UESC, ideal for any size project, is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. This two-day training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples.

This course is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, and there is no registration fee to attend. CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of an online quiz following the workshop. Priority registration will be given to contracting officers, contracting specialists, other federal employees, and regulated utility representatives. Other interested parties may attend if space is available.

Register for this training.

Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Forum
Friday, November 8, 2019 (1:00–1:45 p.m.)

This meeting is open to all FUPWG attendees with an interest in federal energy projects. The agenda is designed to provide an opportunity for an open exchange of information and discussion.

About FUPWG and the FUPWG Seminar Code of Conduct

FUPWG, initiated in 1994, was established to foster partnerships and facilitate communication among federal agencies and their regulated serving utilities to help agencies achieve their energy-related goals and mandates. All seminar attendees are required to honor the FUPWG Seminar guidelines. Hospitality and social functions (on- and off-site) are strictly prohibited from conflicting with the timing of FUPWG Seminar activities listed in the schedule of events. Signs, flyers, and handouts may not be displayed or distributed in the meeting or guestroom areas of the hotel reserved for FUPWG Seminar participants. The purpose of FUPWG is the open exchange of information—aggressive sales techniques are to be avoided while attending the seminar.

For more information, please visit the FUPWG webpage or contact Susan Courtney at scourtney@bgs-llc.com or 703-832-2456.

 

2019-08-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

REMINDER - 2019 AFFECT Federal Agency Call Applications are Due August 29, 2019

Applications for the "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2019" (DE-FOA-0002143) Federal Agency Call (FAC) are due by Thursday, August 29, 2019. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Federal Energy Program (FEMP) issued the AFFECT 2019 FAC via EERE Exchange on July 22, 2019 to facilitate or promote the wider adoption of energy and water efficiency projects and processes at all federal facilities. AFFECT 2019 builds on FEMP’s prior AFFECT grant program efforts, and has been updated to provide federal agencies a more streamlined and efficient application, review, and selection process.

The AFFECT 2019 FAC will provide direct funding to U.S. federal agencies for applications that (1) promote the use of external, leveraged funding to advance energy affordability and resilience; (2) integrate technologies that advance the resilience and mission critical functionality of a site and are not part of a leveraged project; (3) support the deployment of an integrated energy management system that allows for standardized and streamlined practices to save energy and promote the safety, health, and operations of facilities.

As a reminder, applicants are asked to show how the proposed project results are conducive to broader adoption by impacting the direction, strategy, and thinking of the agency as it engages in similar efforts at other federal facilities. The anticipated total funding level for AFFECT 2019 is $3.5 million, with anticipated funding per award to be between approximately $200,000 and $1 million.

To apply to AFFECT 2019, applicants must register with and submit application materials through https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/. Questions regarding this FAC can be sent to AFFECT2019@ee.doe.gov.

Updated information on this funding opportunity will be posted on FEMP's website as it becomes available.

2019-08-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

FEMP Training Reminders

Click on the links for more information and to register for upcoming training events developed and offered by FEMP, or view FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

*Recently Added

FEMP's Workshops and Special Events at the Energy Exchange

Learn more about these and other special events occurring in and around the Colorado Convention Center from August 19-23, 2019.

2019 Energy Exchange Pre-Event Workshop Series - FEMP will offer a series of Energy Exchange pre-event workshops at no cost to attendees, but you must register separately through FEMP. Follow the link below; you must click on the session titles to register for each workshop you plan to attend.

Monday, August 19, 2019 in Denver, CO 

*Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act Open House - The General Services Administration and the Office of the Secretary of Defense will hold an open house to gather input on cybersecurity skills and training. Learn about this topic and help guide federal efforts to respond to the new Executive Order on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce. Visit the link below for more information.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Denver, CO (12:30-1:45 p.m. MT)

*50001 Ready Cohort Kickoff Meeting - This cohort will assist all participants in walking through the process, implementing the 50001 Ready energy management system, and sharing lessons learned. Visit the link below for more information, or contact Kendall Kam, FEMP. Those not attending Energy Exchange may participate by WebEx.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Denver, CO (12:30-1:45 p.m. MT)

*Smart Labs MeetUp -This is an informal meeting for staff from facilities management,  sustainability, and environmental safety and health. Visit the link below for more information, or contact Rachel Shepherd, FEMP.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Denver, CO (12:30-1:30 p.m. MT)

Upcoming Webinars

eProject Builder (ePB) Demonstration (Introductory) - Will introduce energy service companies, their customers, and other interested parties to ePB, covering the benefits of using ePB, project workflow, a walk through of the data template, and a live demonstration.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

*Transforming Research Labs Part II - As a follow up to Part I in the series, which discussed changes that can lead to more sustainable operations in laboratories, Part II will address how training and smarter procurement choices can increase the impact of those changes.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

*eProject Builder (ePB) Demonstration (Advanced) - Will cover the ePB M&V module and analysis & reporting feature.

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 3-4:15 p.m. EDT

More Upcoming In-Person Events

2019 Energy Exchange - The three-day training, trade show, and peer networking event will provide a comprehensive range of technical-based training, exciting plenary speakers, and many other opportunities to develop professional skills and interact with the larger federal energy/water management community. The Energy Exchange offers forward-looking, accredited workforce development training in alignment with the Federal Building Personnel Training Act, the Executive Order on Efficient Federal Operations, and the Executive Order on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce. Access the Energy Exchange’s justification resources and learn how this year’s event may benefit your organization.

Tuesday, August 20 - Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Denver, CO 

Training for the Data Center Energy Practitioner Certificate - Prepares attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of HVAC, electrical, and IT systems in data centers. 

Wednesday, September 4 - Friday, September 6, 2019 in San Francisco, CA

Federal/Utility Strategic Partnership UESC Training - TECO Energy - Will include a utility energy service contract (UESC) overview and presentations from the host utility on programs offered to federal customers. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Tampa, FL

2019 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar - Mark your calendar! The FUPWG seminar is held twice per year to share best practices, success stories, case studies, information about FEMP activities, and other business. 

Thursday, November 7 - Friday, November 8, 2019 in Washington, D.C. 

2019-07-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

FEMP Issues 2019 AFFECT Federal Agency Call

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP web

Act Now!

✔ Register for Energy Exchange FEMP's pre-event workshops

✔ Apply for the Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2019 Federal Agency Call.

✔ Read below and visit FEMP's training catalog for more information and to register for upcoming FEMP-sponsored training and events.

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates. 

FEMP Issues 2019 Federal Agency Call for Projects

On July 22, 2019, FEMP issued a Federal Agency Call (FAC) titled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2019" (DE-FOA-0002143). The AFFECT 2019 FAC will provide direct funding to U.S. federal agencies for applications that (1) promote the use of external, leveraged funding to advance energy affordability and resilience; (2) integrate technologies that advance the resilience and mission critical functionality of a site that are not part of a leveraged project; and (3) support the deployment of an integrated energy management system that allows for standardized and streamlined practices that save energy and promote the safety, health and operations of facilities. To apply to AFFECT 2019, applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange. Visit FEMP's website for more information, and send questions regarding this FAC to AFFECT2019@ee.doe.gov.

Mark Your Calendar for the Fall FUPWG Seminar

The Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar will be hosted by FEMP and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) on November 7-8, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The FUPWG seminar is held twice per year to share best practices, success stories, case studies, information about FEMP activities and other business. Continuing Education Units will again be offered for the benefit of professional stakeholders that hold licenses and certifications that require continuing education. The agenda will be posted and registration will open in early September; check the seminar webpage for more information. The event will be held at EEI headquarters, and attendees are encouraged to secure hotel reservations as soon as possible since no room block is associated with this event. 

FEMP Releases FY 2018 Annual Energy Performance Data  

FEMP recently released the FY 2018 annual energy data set and Federal Government and agency performance data tables to coincide with the release of the Office of Management and Budget's Scorecards for Efficient Federal Operations/Management and agency performance graphics by the Council on Environmental Quality' Office of Federal Sustainability. Visit FEMP’s Federal Comprehensive Annual Energy Performance Data website to view and download publicly available data tables of federal agency energy and water consumption, along with information on energy costs by end-use sector, efficiency investment, and progress toward key energy management goals. Data on this website are compiled from federal agencies' latest Annual Energy Management Data Reports.

TECO Energy Federal/Utility Partnership Meeting Rescheduled

TECO Energy and FEMP are helping federal agencies improve facility operations, upgrade infrastructure, improve resilience, and save taxpayer dollars by offering partnership opportunities through utility energy service contracts (UESCs). A UESC is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management services. UESCs are ideal for any size project. FEMP encourages all federal entities in the TECO Energy service territory to attend this important training and partnering opportunity, now scheduled for October 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. The UESC training will be conducted by FEMP representatives. Visit the registration site for details.

Subscribe to the New Energy-Efficient Product Procurement Newsletter

Lawrence Berkeley National laboratory (LBNL) has announced the launch of the Federal Energy-Efficient Product Procurement Newsletter. This quarterly newsletter will be produced by LBNL's Sustainable Federal Operations Group, a FEMP partner that provides technical recommendations and outreach regarding energy-efficient product purchasing in the federal sector. Subscribe to the newsletter for updates on product categories, upcoming webinars, new tools or resources, and much more!

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • Compliance Certification Database: Houses certification reports and compliance statements submitted by manufacturers for covered products and equipment subject to federal conservation standards. 
  • Advanced Exterior Lighting Systems: This on-demand training course provides a comprehensive overview of exterior lighting systems, including types of technologies, lighting controls, key applications, and emerging technologies. 

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Thursday, August 8, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

ONSITE: 2019 Energy Exchange Pre-Event Workshop Series 

Monday, August 19, 2019 in Denver, CO 

ONSITE: 2019 Energy Exchange 

Tuesday, August 20 - Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Denver, CO 

ONSITE: Training for the Data Center Energy Practitioner Certificate

Wednesday, September 4 - Friday, September 6, 2019 in San Francisco, CA

WEBINAR: Transforming Research Labs Part II  

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

ONSITE: Federal/Utility Strategic Partnership UESC Training - TECO Energy

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Tampa, FL

ONSITE: 2019 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

Thursday, November 7 - Friday, November 8, 2019 in Washington, D.C. 

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

 

 

2019-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

FEMP Issues 2019 AFFECT Federal Agency Call

On July 22, 2019, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Federal Energy Program (FEMP) at the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Federal Agency Call (FAC) on EERE Exchange titled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2019" (DE-FOA-0002143). AFFECT 2019 will build on FEMP’s prior AFFECT grant program efforts to facilitate or promote the wider adoption of energy and water efficiency projects and processes at all federal facilities, and has been revised and updated to provide federal agencies a more streamlined and efficient application, review, and selection process.

The AFFECT 2019 FAC will provide direct funding to U.S. federal agencies for applications that (1) promote the use of external, leveraged funding to advance energy affordability and resilience; (2) integrate technologies that advance the resilience and mission critical functionality of a site that are not part of a leveraged project; (3) support the deployment of an integrated energy management system that allows for standardized and streamlined practices that save energy and promote the safety, health and operations of facilities.

Applicants will be asked to show how the proposed project results are conducive to broader adoption by impacting the direction, strategy, and thinking of the agency to engage in similar efforts at other federal facilities. The anticipated total funding level for AFFECT 2019 is $3.5 million, with anticipated funding per award to be between approximately $200,000 and $1 million.

To apply to AFFECT 2019, applicants must register with and submit application materials through https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/. Questions regarding this FAC can be sent to AFFECT2019@ee.doe.gov.

Updated information on this funding opportunity will be posted on FEMP's website as it becomes available.

2019-07-11
Location: Denver, Colorado
Description:

Energy Exchange 2019

August 20-22, 2019
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

Registration Reminder: Energy Exchange 2019

The Energy Exchange combines career development training, peer networking, and a trade show into one dynamic event, with the chance to hear from key individuals from leading federal agencies. Register now! Seeking to learn more about this year’s event? Visit the Energy Exchange website to view the general schedule of events, training session information, and helpful attendee justification resources.

 

Registration is Open for FEMP’s FREE Pre-Event Workshops

The Federal Energy Management Program is offering 19 FREE in-person training opportunities on Monday, August 19, 2019 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Colorado Convention Center, prior to the Energy Exchange. All FEMP pre-event workshops are free to attend but require separate registration through FEMP. Register using the links below.

Nineteen sessions will be organized under the following seven workshop series (WS):

 WS1: Resilience Strategy and Technologies

SESSION

TIME

WORKSHOP

1

8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Technical Resilience Navigator: Resilient Portfolio Planning to Support Agency Mission (WS1-S1)

4

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Distributed Energy Technologies for Resilience (WS1-S4)

WS2: Demand Response and Financing for Resilience

SESSION

TIME

WORKSHOP

2

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Load Reduction Planning with FEDS 8.0 (WS2-S2)

3

1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Lessons Learned from Past Federal Distributed Energy Projects (WS2-S3)

4

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Demand Response and Load Management (WS2-S4)

WS3: Building Design and Operations

SESSION

TIME

WORKSHOP

1

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Facility Re-tuning Overview Workshop (WS3-S1)

2

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

New Construction for Federal Sustainable Buildings: Requirements and Strategies (WS3-S2)

3

1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Energy Readiness Planning with 50001 Ready (WS3-S3)

4

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Water Balance Workshop (WS3-S4)

WS4: Cybersecuring Facility Systems and Related Technologies

SESSION

TIME

WORKSHOP

2

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

FEMP Federal Cybersecurity Training and Assessment (WS4-S2)

3

1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework (WS4-S3)

4

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Procuring Energy-Efficient Emerging Technologies (WS4-S4)  Registration coming soon

WS5: Fleet and Data Center Technologies

SESSION

TIME

WORKSHOP

2

10:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Federal Fleet Management 101 Workshop (WS5-S2)

4

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Getting Started: Identifying and Assessing Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Your Data Center (WS5-S4)

WS6: Financing Approaches for Federal Projects

SESSION

TIME

WORKSHOP

1

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

UESC Executive Summary (WS6-S1)

2

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

One eProject Builder for All Energy Projects (WS6-S2)

3

1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Assuring Performance (WS6-S3a)

 

ENABLE Contracting Issues: Understanding the GSA Schedule 84, SIN 246-53, Procurement Process (W6-S3b)

4

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

ENABLE Overview, Strategic Use, and Contracting Issues (WS6-S4)

WS7: ESPC 5 Phases to Success

SESSION

TIME

WORKSHOP

1

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

ESPC 5 Phases to Success - Including Resilience (WS7-S1)

 

Travel Reminder: Have You Made Hotel Reservations?

Don’t forget to reserve a hotel room. Space is limited.

2019-07-02
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Registration is Open for Energy Exchange Pre-Event Workshops

Federal Energy Management Program

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

✔ Register for Energy Exchange and FEMP's pre-event workshops

✔ Register for the next energy savings performance contract (ESPC) energy sales agreement (ESA) webinar in the series, scheduled for July 23! Read below and visit FEMP's training catalog for more upcoming FEMP-sponsored training and events.

✔ Use the REopt™ Lite web tool at no cost to evaluate the economic viability of grid-connected PV, wind, and battery storage at your site.

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates. 

Registration Now Open for 2019 Energy Exchange Pre-Event Workshops

FEMP is offering 19 FREE in-person training opportunities on Monday, August 19. 2019 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Colorado Convention Center, prior to the Energy Exchange. All FEMP pre-event workshops are free to attend but require separate registration through FEMP.  

Nineteen sessions will be organized under the following topic areas:

  • Workshop Series 1: Resilience Strategy and Technologies
  • Workshop Series 2: Demand Response and Financing for Resilience
  • Workshop Series 3: Building Design and Operations
  • Workshop Series 4: Cybersecuring Facility Systems and Related Technologies
  • Workshop Series 5: Fleet and Data Center Technologies
  • Workshop Series 6: Financing Approaches for Federal Projects
  • Workshop Series 7: ESPC 5 Phases to Success

Register here; you must click on the session titles to register for each workshop you plan to attend.

DOE to Host Pre-Better Buildings Summit 50001 Ready Workshop

A special pre-event Better Buildings Summit workshop will be held on Tuesday July 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. The workshop will discuss how hundreds of industrial, commercial, institutional, and federal sites are increasing energy performance and saving money through the implementation of the DOE 50001 Ready energy management system. This free, self-paced program leads to DOE recognition, and can be a powerful tool in meeting your energy goals and mission. The training will be led by Jay Wrobel, Manager of Facility and Fleet Optimization at FEMP, and Paul Sheaffer, Program Manager in the Building and Industrial Applications Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. To reserve a spot, email Pete.Langlois@ee.doe.gov.

Training Available for the Data Center Energy Practitioner Certificate 

The main objective of the DOE's Data Center Energy Practitioner Program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centers. Training events, lasting one or three days, prepare attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of heating, ventilation and air conditioning; electrical; and IT systems, including the use of software tools. The gained skills of identifying and evaluating energy efficiency opportunities in data centers are applicable across both the federal and private sectors. The next two scheduled training events will take place in Washington D.C. on Friday, July 12, 2019 and in San Francisco, California on September 4-6, 2019. For more information, including tuition fees, please visit DOE’s Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers.

FEMP Offers ESPC Training in Washington, D.C.

Register now to attend the upcoming ESPC training scheduled for July 16-18, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The three-day training course will educate attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an ESPC, including a basic introduction to DOE indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contracts and how to get started with an ESPC project. Training sections will cover task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, energy and water resilience, risk and responsibility, measurement and verification, understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration. Participants will be able to initiate an ESPC with a Notice of Opportunity focused on individual agency needs. Registration is open to federal, DOE National Laboratory, and state and local government employees. Others may be considered on a case by case basis. Click here for more information and to register.

FEMP Continues to Seek Federal Sites Interested in Evaluating PV Performance 

FEMP is seeking to partner with federal sites that have an on-site, government-owned photovoltaic (PV) system and are willing and able to share their PV’s annual performance data and system information. Interested sites will receive a summary and interpretation of their PV system’s performance, including generation and availability compared to expected values. At a minimum, FEMP will request general system information (e.g. location, size, orientation, tilt, and age) and hourly energy generation data of the PV system and/or information from an existing PV monitoring platform that tracks and stores hourly (or higher resolution) data. If you are interested in this initiative, please email rachel.shepherd@ee.doe.gov. This is an ongoing initiative, however FEMP is currently seeking participants for this fiscal year 2019.

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • REopt™ Lite: Helps building owners evaluate the economics of grid-connected solar photovoltaics and battery storage at commercial sites.
  • 2016 Guiding Principle IV, Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality: This on-demand training course offers strategies for meeting and documenting compliance with the updated Guiding Principle IV metrics related to ventilation and thermal comfort, daylighting and lighting controls, indoor air quality, and occupant health and wellness.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

ONSITE: Training for the Data Center Energy Practitioner Certificate

Friday, July 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, September 4 - Friday, September 6, 2019 in San Francisco, CA

ONSITE: Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Three-Day Training Workshop 

Tuesday, July 16 - Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

WEBINAR: ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Site-Specific Stand-Alone Project Overview

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 2-3:30 p.m. EDT 

ONSITE: 2019 Energy Exchange Pre-Event Workshop Series 

Monday, August 19, 2019 in Denver, CO 

ONSITE: 2019 Energy Exchange 

Tuesday, August 20 - Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Denver, CO 

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

 

 

2019-06-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

FEMP Training Reminders

Click on the links for more information and to register for upcoming training events developed and offered by FEMP, or view FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

*Recently Added

Upcoming Webinars

eProject Builder (ePB) Demonstration (Introductory) - Will introduce energy service companies, their customers, and other interested parties to ePB, covering the benefits of using ePB, project workflow, a walk through of the data template, and a live demonstration.

Thursday June 13, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Tuesday June 25, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Thursday July 11, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Using Effective Water Management to Build Resilience - Will discuss how alternative solutions and resilience can work together to create an effective water program.

Tuesday June 25, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

*Transitioning to the 2018 50001 Standard - Will discuss the 2018 version of ISO 50001 and how to incorporate the changes into your best-practice energy-management system.

Tuesday June 25, 2019, 2-2:45 p.m. EDT

*Continuous Improvement Energy Management in 50001 Ready - Will discuss how to sustain energy and financial savings from individual energy projects through an energy management system.

Wednesday June 26, 2019, 2-2:45 p.m. EDT

*ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Site-Specific Stand-Alone Project Overview - Will provide instructions and resources for financing distributed energy projects using an energy savings performance contract energy sales agreement through the site–specific/stand-alone contract vehicle.

Tuesday July 23, 2019, 2-3:30 p.m. EDT 

Upcoming In-Person Events

Electric Vehicle Site Assessment Training for Federal Fleet Managers and Coordinators - Will provide fleet managers, fleet coordinators, and facility managers with the skills and knowledge to become subject matter experts in electric vehicle implementation. Email Jesse Bennett of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for more information, or call 720-595-8965.

Tuesday June 18, 2019 in Golden, CO

*Training for the Data Center Energy Practitioner Certificate - Prepares attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of HVAC, electrical, and IT systems in data centers. 

Friday July 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Three-Day Training Workshop - Will provide a basic introduction to the U.S. Department of Energy's indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts and how to get started with an energy savings performance contract project at your site.

Tuesday July 16 - Thursday July 18, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

*2019 Energy Exchange Pre-Event Workshop Series - FEMP will offer a series of Energy Exchange pre-event workshops at no cost to attendees. Registration information is coming soon.

Monday August 19, 2019 in Denver, CO 

2019 Energy Exchange - Early bird registration ends June 14! The three-day training, trade show, and peer networking event will provide a comprehensive range of technical-based training, exciting plenary speakers, and many other opportunities to develop professional skills and interact with the larger federal energy/water management community. Access the Energy Exchange’s justification resources and learn how this year’s event may benefit your organization. The Energy Exchange offers forward-looking, accredited workforce development training in alignment with the Federal Building Personnel Training Act, the Executive Order on Efficient Federal Operations, and the Executive Order on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce. 

Tuesday August 20 - Thursday August 22, 2019 in Denver, CO 

2019-04-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Energy Exchange 2019 Technical Agenda

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

✔ For federal entities in the TECO Energy service territory, register to attend the TECO Energy Federal/Utility Strategic Partnership Training in Tampa, Florida, which will include a utility energy service contract overview and information on TECO programs offered to federal customers. Please note this in-person event date has changed to June 26, 2019.

✔ Read our fact sheet on FEMP's Center of Expertise (CoE) for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers to learn the purpose of the program, popular tools and resources, training opportunities, and more.

✔ Use the new Laboratory Benchmarking Tool to compare the energy use of your lab buildings with that of similar facilities in the U.S. The tool has a peer-comparison dataset of more than 750 laboratory buildings, and includes new and reconfigured data fields designed to meet the needs of today’s lab community.

✔ Register now for upcoming FEMP-sponsored training and events. Read below and visit FEMP's training calendar.

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates.

Energy Exchange 2019 Technical Agenda Announced

The Energy Exchange 2019 has announced its technical training agenda, which will include robust training opportunities in the following focus areas: 

  • Implementing Federal Policy and Priorities
  • Integrating Resilience and Design for Agency Mission
  • Optimizing Building Management & Maintenance
  • Utilizing Efficient and Secure Technologies
  • Leveraging Affordable Financing and Partnerships

As the technical training agenda continues to develop, find the most up to date information on our Technical Training Agenda page. Register now to receive discounted early bird rates, available to public and private sector attendees until June 14!

REopt Lite Web Tool Adds New Features

Federal energy managers looking to evaluate distributed energy projects and battery storage for their site can now use REopt Lite's custom utility rate tariff capabilities and an integrated critical load profile builder—new features that allow a more detailed energy analysis without leaving the tool. The latest update to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) REopt Lite web tool was funded by FEMP. Read more about REopt Lite’s latest features in the NREL Program News article.

FEMP Collaborates with Better Buildings Lab Partner on Free-to-Attend Workshop

FEMP is collaborating with Better Buildings Smart Lab Accelerator Partner University of Minnesota, who is providing an in-person, all-day workshop on the University of Minnesota campus on Thursday, May 23. The workshop will feature new information about laboratory buildings, costs and complexity, stakeholders’ rolls and responsibility, and an overview of a smart lab program. It will include information on the importance of the laboratory environment to R&D success, characteristics of a high performance laboratory building, mitigating risk in high performance laboratories, and more.

Register for the free-to-attend, in-person workshop on Thursday, May 23, 2019. 

Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners Share Lessons Learned

In conjunction with the 2018 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards Program, FEMP hosted an "Award Winning Champions Shared Lessons Learned Forum." The event provided an informal discussion forum to facilitate information sharing and networking between the 2018 award winners and FEMP staff. Visit the new Forum web page to learn more. Plans are currently underway for the 2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards and Forum! Visit FEMP’s Awards page for more information.

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • Energy Plus: A whole building energy simulation program used to model energy consumption and water use in buildings.
  • Rooftop Unit Comparison Calculator: Simulates the energy usage of both a high efficiency and a standard efficiency air conditioner and compares their energy and economic performance.
  • 2016 Guiding Principle II, Optimize Energy Performance: This on-demand training course focuses on compliance with the 2016 Guiding Principles for Existing Sustainable Federal Buildings, Guiding Principle II, and covers related topics including energy efficiency, on-site renewable energy generation, measurement and verification, and benchmarking.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

WEBINAR: Energy Performance Improvement in Data Centers-50001 Ready Community of Practice

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 2-3:00 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Tuesday May 28, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Transforming Research Labs (Part I) 

Thursday May 16, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Overview of IT Consolidation in Data Centers

Tuesday May 21, 2019, 2-3:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Using Effective Water Management to Build Resilience 

Tuesday June 25, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

ONSITE: TECO Energy Federal/Utility Strategic Partnership UESC Training 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Tampa, FL

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

 

2019-04-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

FEMP Training Reminders

Click on the links for more information and to register for upcoming training events developed and offered by FEMP, or view FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

*Recently Added

Upcoming Webinars

FEMP Re-tuning Challenge - Will provide an overview to federal site personnel on FEMP's Re-tuning Challenge and the re-tuning process, including the opportunity to re-tune one of their buildings, receive training, and apply the training to other buildings in their portfolio.

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 1-2:00 p.m. EDT

Utility Energy Service Contract Training for ESCOs - Will help energy service companies (ESCOs), in support of their federal agency customers, better understand the utility energy service contract (UESC) project process and their role on the UESC project team.

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 1-3:00 p.m. EDT

eProject Builder (ePB) Demonstration (Introductory) - Will introduce ESCOs, their customers, and other interested parties to ePB, covering the benefits of using ePB, project workflow, a walk through of the data template, and a live demonstration.

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

*ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Photovoltaic (PV) Project Considerations - Will cover technical, economic, and other PV project considerations, including those specific to third-party owned/third-party financed projects, and available project resources and templates. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 2-3:30 p.m. EDT

*Transforming Research Labs (Part I) - Will discuss how Green Labs programs are formed, suggest several opportunities for energy, water, and waste reduction in labs, and address Green Lab Certification. This is the first of two webinars in a series.

Thursday May 16, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Upcoming In-Person Events

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training - Certifies energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers.

Tuesday-Thursday, April 23-25, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday-Friday, April 24-26, 2019 in San Francisco, CA

Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract Training - Examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance.

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30-May 1, 2019 in San Diego, CA

2019 Spring FUPWG Seminar - Meets twice per year to share best practices, success stories, case studies, information on FEMP activities, and other business. 

Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2019 in San Diego, CA 

TECO Energy Federal/Utility Strategic Partnership UESC Training - For federal entities in the TECO Energy service territory, will include a UESC overview and presentations from the host utility on programs offered to federal customers.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Tampa, FL

 

2019-03-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

✔ Register now for Energy Exchange and other upcoming FEMP-sponsored training and events. Read below and visit FEMP's training catalog.

✔ Learn about FEMP’s Federal Investment Highlights series, which presents the impact of investments resulting from energy and/or water efficiency and distributed generation improvements to federal infrastructure within a state.

✔ Check out FEMP's new fact sheet on the benefits of energy savings performance contract energy sales agreements (ESPC ESAs), a project structure that uses the multiyear ESPC authority to implement renewable energy projects on federal buildings or land. 

Submit a nomination for a 2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Award by April 30, 2019. Register here for the final informational webinar at 1:30 pm EDT on April 4, 2019, covering the awards criteria and online portal.

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates.

FEMP Launches New Laboratory Benchmarking Tool

FEMP is excited to announce the launch of the Laboratory Benchmarking Tool (LBT). The LBT provides expanded access to the historical Labs21 dataset via a completely revamped user interface, along with many new and reconfigured data fields designed to meet the needs of today’s lab community. The tool has a peer-comparison dataset of more than 750 laboratory buildings—the largest publicly available dataset of laboratory energy use. Use it to benchmark your lab's energy use today! The tool was developed in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) and can be accessed at lbt.i2sl.org.

FEMP to Initiate Re-tuning Challenge

Re-tuning is an effective, low-cost, and relatively easy method for reducing building energy use, primarily accomplished through building automation system controls. It has been verified to produce energy savings ranging from 5-25% at federal sites. FEMP is launching a Re-tuning Challenge to provide selected federal agencies the opportunity to enhance their energy management program by re-tuning one of their buildings, receiving on-site training, and applying the training to other buildings in their portfolio. Also, agencies that do not want to commit a building to be re-tuned may have the option to travel to a host-selected site to partake in the training.

FEMP will hold a webinar for federal site personnel on Thursday, April 4, 2019 to review the Re-tuning Challenge and steps on how to participate. Click here to register.

FEMP Offers New Utility Energy Service Contract Training for ESCOs 

FEMP will hold a newly developed webinar on April 4, 2019 to help energy service companies (ESCOs), along with their federal agency customers, better understand the utility energy service contract (UESC) project process and the important role they play on the UESC project team. Participants will also learn about resources and UESC project assistance available from FEMP. Best practices will be shared as well as information on how ESCOs can best support their utility partners to deliver excellent projects to the federal government. This webinar is open to all; register here.

Register Now and Reserve Your Hotel for the Spring FUPWG Seminar

Registration is now open for the 2019 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) seminar, which will be held May 2-3 in San Diego, California and hosted by FEMP and San Diego Gas & Electric. The seminar meets twice per year to share best practices, success stories, case studies, information on FEMP activities, and other business. The 2019 Spring FUPWG agenda is now posted on the FUPWG website. The hotel room block may sell out before the cut-off date of March 29, so make your reservations as soon as possible! Hotel reservation links and other information can be found on the seminar webpage.  

A Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) contract training will be held April 30-May 1 in conjunction with FUPWG. Visit the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) website for details and to register.

FEMP Announces Call for 2019 FEDS Spotlight Nominees

FEMP invites agencies to nominate federal employees working to implement exceptional projects and programs that lead to replicable, cost-effective, and resilient energy and water solutions. FEMP's FEDS Spotlight will recognize these champions at the closing plenary session of the 2019 Energy Exchange, being held in Denver, Colorado from August 20-22, 2019. Participating agencies are eligible to nominate up to three federal employees meeting one or more criteria described in the template guidance. All nominations must submitted to FEMP through the agency's headquarters level point of contact by May 17, 2019. Please visit FEMP's website for more information. 

TECO Energy Federal/Utility Partnership Meeting Scheduled

TECO Energy and FEMP are helping federal agencies improve facility operations, upgrade infrastructure, improve resilience, and save taxpayer dollars by offering partnership opportunities through UESCs. A UESC, ideal for any size project, is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management services. Federal entities in the TECO Energy service territory are encouraged to attend this important training and partnering opportunity on June 19, 2019 in Tampa, Florida, conducted by FEMP representatives. Visit the WBDG website for details and registration. 

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • FleetDASH: Encourages fleet managers to increase alternative fuel utilization by tracking missed opportunities to use alternative fuel in dual-fuel vehicles.
  • Data Center Energy Efficiency: Cooling Systems: Part of an on-demand training series that presents energy efficient best practices in data centers, this course discusses opportunities such as optimizing traditional cooling systems, moving to liquid cooling systems, utilizing free cooling, and correcting humidity controls.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

WEBINAR: Introduction to 50001 Ready and Navigator

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 2-2:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Advanced)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

ONSITE: Energy Savings Performance Contracting Three-Day Training Workshop

Tuesday-Thursday, March 26-28, 2019 in Huntsville, AL

WEBINAR: FEMP Re-tuning Challenge

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 1-2:00 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Utility Energy Service Contract Training for ESCOs 

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 1-3:00 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training 

Tuesday-Thursday, April 23-25, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday-Friday, April 24-26, 2019 in San Francisco, CA

ONSITE: Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract Training 

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30-May 1, 2019 in San Diego, CA

ONSITE: 2019 Spring FUPWG Seminar

Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2019 in San Diego, CA

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

 

 

2019-03-14
Location: San Diego, CA
Description:

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar

May 2-3, 2019
San Diego, CA

Hosted by: San Diego Gas & Electric

The 2019 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar will be held Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2019 in San Diego, California. FUPWG meets twice per year to share best practices, success stories, case studies, information about Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) activities, and other business. It establishes partnerships and fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects. These projects help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars. Please visit the FUPWG website for more details.

FUPWG Seminar highlights include:

  • Washington Update
  • Utility Energy Service Contract Best Practices
  • Department of Defense Updates
  • Utility Energy Service Contract Case Studies
  • Energy Resilience
  • Utility Regulatory Landscape
  • Best Practices for Interconnection Agreements
  • Two-day Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract Training – April 30 – May 1, 2019
  • Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Working Group Forum – Friday, May 3, 2019
  • NEW! Special Session: Utility Energy Service Contract Technical Project Focus - Friday, May 3, 2019

Agenda

View the agenda.

Registration Information

Registration is now open. The deadline to register is Monday, April 29, 2019.

$225 – Register by Tuesday, April 9, 2019
$275 – After April 9, 2019

Please note: Due to the anticipation of a sell-out crowd, we are offering the opportunity for federal registrants awaiting travel approval to reserve their spots early by initially signing up and selecting the Federal Temporary Reservation category using the above link. Once they receive approval to travel, federal participants must re-register using the regular link to re-register as a paid attendee.

FUPWG Attendance Policy

Unregulated utility affiliates, energy service companies, and other interested private sector participants may, space permitting, send a maximum of four attendees per organization. These companies are encouraged to coordinate internally in advance to determine who should register for the seminar. Only badged attendees will be permitted to attend FUPWG meetings, breaks, and networking events.

Federal agencies and regulated utility companies have no maximum attendee registration limit, space permitting.

FUPWG Seminar Location

The 2019 Spring FUPWG Seminar will be held at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley.

Hotel Reservations

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

FEDERAL PER DIEM HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION
The FUPWG per diem hotel rate for federal attendees is $174 per night.
Book your hotel room at the group rate for federal attendees.

NON-FEDERAL ROOM REGISTRATION
The FUPWG hotel rate for non-federal attendees is $175 per night.
Book your hotel room at the group rate for non-federal attendees.

Please use the above link to secure your reservation. We encourage you to reserve your room as soon as possible, as these special rates will not be available after the block is full. The FUPWG room block begins on April 29 and ends on May 3. The hotel reservation cut-off date is Friday, March 29. Please note that an early check-out fee may be assessed if a guest checks out prior to the reserved checkout date. A cancellation less than 72 hours prior to arrival will result in a charge equal to one night’s room and tax.

Related Information

Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) Training
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30 – May 1, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program is offering agencies training and partnership opportunities with their serving utilities that explore available contracting options including utility energy service contracts (UESCs). A UESC, ideal for any size project, is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. This two-day training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples.

This course is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, and there is no registration fee to attend. Continuing education units will be awarded upon successful completion of an online quiz following the workshop. Priority registration will be given to contracting officers, contracting specialists, other federal employees, and regulated utility representatives. Other interested parties may attend if space is available.

Register for this training.

Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Forum
Friday, May 3, 2019 (1:00 - 1:45 p.m.)

This meeting is open to all FUPWG attendees with an interest in federal energy projects. The agenda is designed to provide an opportunity for an open exchange of information and discussion.

NEW SPECIAL SESSION: Utility Energy Service Contract Technical Project Focus
Friday, May 3, 2019 (1:45 – 3:00 p.m.)

This new session is open to all FUPWG attendees, and will feature rotating topics relating to best practices and tools for energy managers responsible for executing UESC projects. Session topics include:

  • UESC Project Development Report Template - download template here.
  • eProject Builder and UESCs

About the FUPWG Seminar and the FUPWG Seminar Code of Conduct

The Federal Utility Partnership Working Group, initiated in 1994, was established to foster partnerships and facilitate communications among federal agencies and their regulated serving utilities to help agencies achieve their energy-related goals. All seminar attendees are required to honor the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar guidelines. Hospitality and social functions (on- and off-site) are strictly prohibited from conflicting with the timing of FUPWG Seminar activities listed in the schedule of events. Aggressive sales techniques are to be avoided while attending the seminar. Signs and flyers may not be displayed or distributed in the meeting or guestroom areas of the hotel reserved for FUPWG Seminar participants.

For more information, see the FUPWG webpage or contact Susan Courtney at scourtney@alleghenyst.com or 703-832-2456.

 

2019-02-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

FEMP Announces Energy Exchange 2019

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

✔ Plan to attend Energy Exchange 2019 on August 20-22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

✔ Nominate an exemplary federal project or program for a 2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Award.

✔ Save the date for the 2019 Spring FUPWG seminar scheduled for May 2-3 in San Diego, California.

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates.

FEMP Announces Energy Exchange 2019

The annual Energy Exchange 2019 training and trade show event will be held August 20-22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. With the theme, "Be Efficient And Resilient," the 2019 event will focus on the integrated aspects of ensuring efficient and mission-ready federal operations.  The Energy Exchange remains one of the best opportunities for agencies to ensure their workforce fulfills training mandates in alignment with legislative and Administration workforce development objectives. Visit our website for registration and hotel information, coming soon! 

Call for Nominations Now Open for the 2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

FEMP sponsors the annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to honor outstanding federal agency achievements in energy, water, and fleet management. Visit the webpage for more information and to download the 2019 Criteria and GuidelinesSubmit nominations by April 30, 2019.

FEMP will offer two identical one-hour WebEx presentations to provide an overview of the 2019 awards criteria and the online portal. Register here for the February 27 meeting at 1:30 pm EST. Register here for the March 14 meeting at 2:00 pm EDT.

FEMP Offers New ESPC ESA Resources

FEMP recently published new resources for federal agencies pursuing energy savings performance contract energy sales agreements (ESPC ESAs). An ESPC ESA is a project structure, similar to a power purchase agreement, that uses the multiyear ESPC authority to implement renewable energy projects on federal buildings or land. See the main ESPC ESA webpage for links to factsheets, templates, and more information.  

FEMP Launches New Utility Energy Service Contract Training for ESCOs

FEMP will hold a newly developed webinar on April 4, 2019 to help energy service companies (ESCOs) better understand the utility energy service contract (UESC) project process and the important role they play on the UESC project team. Participants will also learn about resources and UESC project assistance available from FEMP. Best practices will be shared as well as information on how ESCOs can best support their utility partners to deliver excellent projects to the federal government. Visit the Whole Building Design Guide for more details and to register.

Mark Your Calendar for the Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar

The 2019 Spring FUPWG seminar is scheduled for May 2-3 in San Diego, California, and will be hosted by FEMP and San Diego Gas & Electric. FUPWG establishes partnerships and fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects. These projects help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars. Attendance at both 2019 seminars were over 300, so register early for this excellent networking and training opportunity.

Visit the seminar webpage for more information and for instructions on securing your hotel reservations. The agenda will be posted and registration will open on March 1, 2019.

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • Energy Assessment Process Manual: Jump start a data center energy efficiency assessment with this manual that includes step-by-step instructions and templates.
  • FEMP Screening Map: Examines the viability of three solar technologies in the U.S. with a high-level annualized economic calculation, with and without potential savings from available renewable energy incentives at the state and federal levels.
  • Data Center Energy Efficiency: Air Management: Part of an on-demand training series that presents energy efficient best practices in data centers, this course discusses hot and cold aisles, containment strategies, recirculation and bypass air, airflow restriction and congestion, and alternatives to underfloor air management systems.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

LIVE ONLINE: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EST

LIVE ONLINE: ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Overview and Requirements

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 2-3:30 p.m. EDT

LIVE ONSITE: Energy Savings Performance Contracting Three-Day Training Workshop

Tuesday-Thursday, March 26-28, 2019 in Huntsville, AL

LIVE ONLINE: Utility Energy Service Contract Training for ESCOs Webinar

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 1-3:00 p.m. EDT

LIVE ONSITE: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training 

Tuesday-Thursday, April 23-25, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday-Friday, April 24-26, 2019 in San Francisco, CA

LIVE ONSITE: Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract Training 

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30-May 1, 2019 in San Diego, CA

LIVE ONSITE: 2019 Spring FUPWG Seminar

Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2019 in San Diego, CA

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

 

 

2019-01-24
Location: Newsletter
Description:

FEMP Welcomes New Leadership

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

✔ Register now for FEMP's first Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreement (ESPC ESA) series webinar on March 12th. Note, this webinar has been rescheduled from the original date of January 29th. All current registrants will be automatically re-enrolled for the March 12th webinar. 

✔ Check out the FEMP's new case study, U.S. Coast Guard Yard Analysis of Microgrid to Reduce Onsite Generation Curtailment, which details the Coast Guard Yard's ESPC project to install 1-MW reciprocating generators.

✔ The FEMP Assistance Request Portal now offers an easy way to ask FEMP a question. Simply choose the service area you’re interested in, enter your email address, write a question, and click submit. Your question will be routed to the service area specialist at FEMP who will reply to your inquiry. You can also use this tool to request technical assistance for a distributed energy project.

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates.

FEMP Welcomes New Leadership

Dr. Robert Ivester has joined FEMP as the new program director after serving in the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) for the past six years. Jay Wrobel, who also previously worked in AMO, has joined FEMP as the new supervisor for the Facility and Fleet Optimization team. FEMP would like to thank Leslie Nicholls for her leadership, and she will continue her leadership support as FEMP's strategic director.

Visit FEMP's website for more information.

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminars Were Record Breakers in 2018

Attendance at the 2018 Fall FUPWG seminar, hosted by Dominion Energy in Herndon, Virginia, broke another record with more than 300 attendees. Along with the Spring seminar, the average attendance at the FUPWG seminars in 2018 averaged 42.5% higher than in 2017. The Fall FUPWG agenda featured many key topics and the presentations received rave reviews from attendees; view them on the FUPWG website.

The 2019 Spring FUPWG seminar is scheduled for May 2-3 in San Diego, California. Please watch for more details to be posted on the FUPWG website later this month.

FEMP Offers ESPC ESA Webinar Series

FEMP is launching a four-part webinar series entitled, “ESPC ESAs: A New Way of Financing On-Site Renewable Energy” starting March 12, 2019 (rescheduled from January 29, 2019). A live webinar will occur quarterly and address various topics on financing and implementing on-site renewable energy projects that have the ability to benefit from tax incentives before they decrease. Each webinar will include information, project implementation best practices, resources, and Q&A.

Learn more about the webinar series and register for the first webinar.  

Explore the 50001 Ready Navigator 

The 50001 Ready Navigator is an online dashboard that provides step-by-step guidance to implementing and maintaining an energy management system in conformance with the principles of ISO 50001. EnPI Lite, a companion calculator to 50001 Ready Navigator, enables regression-based energy performance modeling for facilities. Both are web-based tools maintained by DOE. The 50001 Ready program also accepts energy performance improvement data from other readily available tools including the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®. After implementing the system, users can submit their facilities for 50001 Ready recognition directly through the Navigator.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is offering a series of new webinars through its Community of Practice; watch for new dates to be added to FEMP's Training Catalog.  

FEMP’s Smart Labs Program Coordinates with University of California, Irvine’s Smart Labs and Design-Build Workshop

FEMP’s Smart Labs Program coordinates with the University of California, Irvine (UCI) on their no-cost, in-person Smart Labs and Design-Build Workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 29-30, 2019. Day one of the workshop will include the use of data analytics to optimize and maintain performance of Smart Labs, a detailed discussion of improving laboratory ventilation, and Green Lab programs and operations. Day two will be a half-day session allocated to a design-build of both new lab building and whole (science) building renewal including Smart Lab retrofits. Register for UCI’s Smart Labs and Design-Build Workshop here.

FEMP Helps Agencies Plan and Implement Distributed Energy Projects

FEMP recently launched a new six-phase process for planning and implementing distributed energy projects. Each phase in the process is divided into a series of steps, giving federal agencies detailed information and best practices to refer to and links to relevant publications and key resources. FEMP's six-phase distributed energy project process can help agencies efficiently implement on-site electric and thermal renewable energy, energy storage, and combined heat and power projects that are technically sound, reduce energy costs for the federal government, and support agency needs and missions.

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • 50001 Ready Navigator: An online dashboard that provides step-by-step guidance to implementing and maintaining an energy management system in conformance with the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Standard.
  • Metering Benefits and Federal Drivers: This on-demand training course outlines federal requirements and drivers for metering and provides best practices for selecting and prioritizing metering projects.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

LIVE ONLINE: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EST

LIVE ONLINE: Tutorial Webinar on DCPro: An Energy Assessment Tool for Data Centers

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 2-3:30 p.m. EST

LIVE ONLINE: ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Overview and Requirements

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 2-3:30 p.m. EST (rescheduled from January 29, 2019)

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

2018-12-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Federal Energy Management Program

December 17, 2018

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

✔ Register for the Prioritizing Laboratories to Meet Your Energy Goal webinar, focusing on DOE’s Smart Labs Accelerator Program and the first steps for incorporating Smart Labs methodology into your organization's current management plan. This webinar will be held on January 8, 2019 and is part of DOE's Better Buildings Webinar Series

✔ The Office of Management and Budget is updating and extending the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI), which set priorities for data center consolidation and efficiency improvements for another two years. The draft policy is open for public feedback and comment. Comments will be accepted through December 26, 2018.

✔ Earn continuing education units (CEUs) and increase your expertise in one or more areas of federal energy management. Browse FEMP's training catalog for the latest live and on-demand course offerings!

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates.

FEMP Offers NEW Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreements (ESPC ESA) Webinar Series

FEMP is launching a four-part webinar series, ESPC ESAs: A New Way of Financing On-Site Renewable Energy. A live webinar will occur quarterly, starting in January 2019, and address various topics on financing and implementing on-site renewable energy projects that have the ability to benefit from tax incentives before they decrease. Each webinar will include project implementation best practices, resources, and Q&A. Registration for the first webinar will be available soon. 

FEMP Releases Water Evaluation Tool

FEMP released a new Water Evaluation Data Tool, which provides a method for collecting comprehensive water data during a building and campus walk-through survey. The tool helps energy and water managers obtain data about water end-uses, providing the necessary information to estimate water consumption, develop a water balance, and identify future water-efficiency measures to complete comprehensive water evaluations. Visit FEMP's website for more information, and to download the handbook and accompanying summary workbook.

Berkeley Lab Wins 2018 R&D 100 Award for eProject Builder

DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) won a 2018 R&D 100 Award for eProject Builder (ePB), a secure, web-based data management tool developed with funding from FEMP and DOE's Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs. ePB is the only nationwide system that standardizes the collection and tracking of information for energy and water retrofit projects implemented by energy service companies (ESCOs), and it enables the facilities and ESCOs to preserve, analyze, and track their energy project data. Read about DOE's R&D 100 Award winners, view LBNL's announcement, and learn more about eProject Builder.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Joins the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator

Laboratories are typically three to four times more energy intensive than an average commercial building and are a key focal area for energy management strategies. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) recently joined the Better Buildings Smart Lab Accelerator and committed to reducing energy use in their laboratory buildings by at least 20% over the next 10 years. JPL is one of seven federal partners to commit to this goal. Visit FEMP’s website to see a map of all the partners and learn more about becoming a Smart Labs Accelerator partner today.

Liquid Cooled Rack Working Group Initiative Merges with Open Compute Project

FEMP and LBNL's Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers has combined its previous working group efforts to develop a liquid cooled rack specification with the Open Compute Project's Advanced Cooling Solutions project. The goal of the project is to develop a liquid cooled rack specification that could accommodate multiple vendors and provide a reusable infrastructure for multiple refresh cycles with a variety of liquid cooled servers/suppliers. Learn more about the project, its progress, and ways to get involved.

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) ToolsThese scoping tools are designed for data center owners and operators to diagnose how energy use is distributed in their data center and determine ways to save energy and money.
  • Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) CalculatorThis simple calculator for utility-scale and distributed-generation renewable energy technologies compares the combination of capital costs, operations and maintenance, performance, and fuel costs.
  • Water Management Basics: This on-demand training course provides federal personnel with a concise introduction to federal water management.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

WEBINAR: Prioritizing Laboratories to Meet Your Energy Goal

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 3 - 4:00 p.m. EST

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EST

IN-PERSON: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training 

Wednesday-Friday, January 23-25, 2018 in San Francisco, California 

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy · 1000 Independence Ave., SW · Washington DC 20585

 

2018-11-20
Location: Newsletter
Description:

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.


Act Now!

✔ Earn continuing education units (CEUs) and increase your expertise in one or more areas of federal energy management. Browse FEMP's training catalog for the latest live and on-demand course offerings!

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates.

Federal Agency Use of Energy Savings Performance Contracting Has Banner Year for Private Investment

FEMP recently announced that during fiscal year 2018, 10 federal agencies made a record investment of more than $800 million using the Federal Energy Management Program’s indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) energy savings performance contract (ESPC) funding mechanism to pursue 23 energy efficiency and water conservation projects. This is the largest annual investment in FEMP's ESPC program history and will generate total guaranteed energy and water cost savings of almost $1.7 billion.

Visit FEMP’s website to read the full announcement and learn more about IDIQ ESPCs.

REopt Lite Adds New Optimization Capabilities with Wind, Custom Rate Tariff, Critical Load Builder, and User Dashboard Features

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released new capabilities for its REopt Lite web tool, including a new wind optimization module, custom utility rate tariffs, a critical building load profile builder, and a user dashboard. Building owners and energy managers can use REopt Lite to evaluate the economic viability of distributed wind alongside PV and battery storage at a site, helping to optimize energy cost savings and resilience for commercial buildings. REopt Lite development is supported by FEMP.

Learn more about REopt Lite’s new energy optimization capabilities.

FEMP's 2018 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards Presented at the U.S. Institute of Peace

On October 23, FEMP hosted its 38th annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Awards were presented to 30 individuals and teams throughout the federal government, along with their private sector partners, who developed and implemented outstanding cost-effective projects and programs related to energy and water cost savings, optimized energy and water use, and the use of on-site renewable energy and energy storage projects at federal facilities. The awards were presented by Kathleen Hogan, DOE's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), along with Alexander Fitzsimmons, EERE's Chief of Staff, and Leslie Nicholls, FEMP's Strategic Director.

Visit FEMP's website to read more.

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • Energy Management Basic Training: This on-demand training course provides federal personnel with a concise overview of Federal Energy Management, and the most current tools and resources for success.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events 

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today!

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Advanced)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 3 - 4:30 p.m. EST

IN-PERSON: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training 

Monday-Wednesday December 10-12, 2018 in Sterling, Virginia

Wednesday-Friday, January 23-25, 2018 in San Francisco, California 

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

 

 

2018-10-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Federal Energy Management Program

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

*Final reminder.* The hotel cut-off date for the Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUWPWG) Seminar is Monday October 15. Make your hotel reservations TODAY!  Read more about FUPWG below and register for the Advanced Utility Energy Service Contracts training!

✔ Read FEMP's new fact sheets: Considerations for Implementing PV plus Storage Systems at Federal Buildings and Campuses and Solar Photovoltaic Systems in Hurricanes and Other Severe Weather.

✔ New energy savings performance contract (ESPC) training opportunities are available this month. Register now for the Just-in-Time Series 5 Webinar: Ensuring ESPC Project Performance After Acceptance, and for the Energy Savings Performance Contracting Three-day Training Workshop in Nashville, TN.

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates.

Register for the Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

The 2018 Fall FUPWG Seminar will be held Wednesday and Thursday, November 7-8, in Herndon, Virginia, located near Washington Dulles International Airport. The FUPWG Seminar will be hosted by FEMP and Dominion Energy and fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects. These projects help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars.

Register now before the deadline of Monday, October 29, 2018. Download the agenda and visit the FUPWG webpage for more information.

FEMP's 2018 Energy Action Month Poster is Available

Celebrate Energy Action Month with FEMP's new poster that promotes strengthening the resilience of federal facilities through energy optimization and cybersecurity. Federal agencies are helping to improve our nation's infrastructure by implementing energy- and water-management projects throughout the federal government. Visit FEMP's Energy Awareness Month webpage to download the poster and find resources to help build awareness at your facility. Also explore FEMP's website for training, tools, and services that can help you achieve energy resiliency and maximize savings. 

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • Advanced Interior Lighting Systems: This on-demand training course provides an overview of interior lighting system applications, including types of technologies, lighting controls, opportunities for savings, and emerging interior lighting technologies and trends.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events 

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today!

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

IN-PERSON: New Mexico Gas Company's Utility Energy Service Contract Training

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

IN-PERSON: Idaho Power Data Center Training - If you are in Idaho Power’s service area and would like to attend this training on improving the energy efficiency of data centers, please contact Magnus Herrlin at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory mkherrlin@lbl.gov

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:30 a.m - 12 pm

WEBINAR: Just-in-Time ESPC Webinars Session 5: Ensuring ESPC Project Performance After Acceptance 

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 1 - 3:30 pm

IN-PERSON: Hawaiian Electric Company's Federal/Utility Strategic Partnership and Utility Energy Service Contract Training

Friday, October 26, 2018, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

IN-PERSON: Energy Savings Performance Contracting Three-day Training Workshop

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - Thursday, November 1, 2018, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

IN-PERSON: Advanced Utility Energy Service Contracts Training

Monday, November 5, 2018 - Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy · 1000 Independence Ave., SW · Washington DC 20585

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2018-09-17
Location: Washington, DC
Description:

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.


Act Now!

✔ Register today for the 2018 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar, from November 7-8, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Dulles in Herndon, Virginia, and hosted by Dominion Energy. Registration is now open and the deadline to register is Monday, October 29, 2018 (register by Tuesday, October 9, 2018 for a discounted rate). Download the agenda, make a hotel reservation, and visit the FUPWG webpage for more information.

✔ Register now for two FEMP webinars being held on September 26, 2018: Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract and Resources for Better Air Management in Data Centers. See the Events section below and visit the links for more information.

✔ 2018 Energy Exchange reminders:

  • Take the quizzes for the sessions you attended on Whole Building Design Guide to obtain CEUs. Attendees will need to log in to your account or register for an account if you don't already have one. Quizzes are available until the deadline of October 31, 2018.
  • Take the post-event survey.
  • Session presentations are now available to view online. Visit the Training Schedule page, scroll down to the 2018 Technical Training Schedule, and select a session to access available presentations.

✔ Check out FEMP’s new fact sheet on highlights of Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 3-530-01, Interior and Exterior Lighting Systems and Controls, which covers most lighting applications at U.S. Department of Defense facilities. The fact sheet highlights key elements of the criteria focused on interior lighting and supplements some information for clarity.

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates.

FEMP Announces Winners of the 2018 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

FEMP congratulates the winners of the 2018 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards! FEMP holds its annual Awards competition to recognize federal employees and organizations, along with their private sector partners, for developing and implementing outstanding projects and programs related to energy and water cost savings, optimized energy and water use, and the use of advanced and distributed energy technologies at federal facilities. Read about the winners and their accomplishments on FEMP's website

FEMP Recognizes Agency Champions at the 2018 FEDS Spotlight

FEMP's second annual FEDS Spotlight recognition program was presented at the 2018 Energy Exchange on August 22, where winners were honored by DOE, along with senior leaders and colleagues from across the federal government. These federal champions are working hard to implement exceptional projects and programs that help their agencies achieve their missions and meet energy, water, and fleet management goals. The FEDS Spotlight ceremony celebrated the achievements of the winners, who were selected by their own agencies to receive this recognition. Read more about the winners and their accomplishments on FEMP's website

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools, including software, data sets, and databases, to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • Investment Grade Audit Tool:  Download this tool used by energy service companies during the energy savings performance contract ENABLE process.
  • Using Metered Data to Improve Energy and Water Efficiency: Federal buildings are required to be metered; this often leaves agencies with a significant amount of collected data and uncertainty about the best way to utilize it. This training focuses on how to analyze meter-collected data for facility and system-wide decision-making support.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events 

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today!

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Tuesday, September 18, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

Wednesday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract

Wednesday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Resources for Better Air Management in Data Centers

Wednesday, September 26, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

IN-PERSON: New Mexico Gas Company's Federal/Utility Strategic Partnership and Utility Energy Service Contract Training

Wednesday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

IN-PERSON: Hawaiian Electric Company's Federal/Utility Strategic Partnership and Utility Energy Service Contract Training

Wednesday, October 26, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy · 1000 Independence Ave., SW · Washington DC 20585

 

2018-07-19
Location: Washington, DC
Description:

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

Register now for the upcoming Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) Training for Utility Representatives webinar being held next Wednesday July 25! This UESC training is designed specifically for utility staff, providing useful tools to better serve federal customers.

✔ Visit the updated Center of Expertise (CoE) Small Data Center Page. Energy efficiency in small data centers is often overlooked. CoE's Small Data Center flowchart outlines the appropriate steps and actions that should be taken to improve energy efficiency in your small data center based on a variety of budgets. Plus, it provides plenty of free resources along the way.

✔ Plan and register for one or more of FEMP’s 14 pre-conference workshops happening on the Monday before the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit 2018, August 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates.

FEMP Releases New Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreement RFP Template

FEMP recently added an editable request for proposals (RFP) template to the Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreement (ESPC ESA) Toolkit. This new template saves agencies time by providing standard RFP language with prompts for entering project-specific details. Download the RFP template from the ESPC ESA Toolkit.

ESPC ESAs are a project structure that allow federal agencies to utilize the ESPC long-term multiyear contracting authority to implement cost-saving renewable energy conservation measures. The ESPC ESA Toolkit provides federal agency contracting officers and other acquisition team members with information that will facilitate the timely execution of ESPC ESA projects. 

Get the Most out of Your 2018 Energy Exchange Experience!

Make sure you review FEMP’s checklist to ensure you get the most out of your Energy Exchange experience! For 2018, attendees will have access to more than 500 expert speakers from the private and public sectors through more than 200 training sessions across 6 compelling focus areas. Plan out your schedule and event experience with these helpful reminders! Check back to this site as we’ll keep adding more items through August 21st!

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools including software, data sets, and databases to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • ESCO Selector: This tool helps agencies create a notice of opportunity that complies with federal requirements, producing a standard template in Word format that is editable and easily tailored as needed.
  • Water Project Screening Tool: This Excel-based tool helps federal sites identify a comprehensive suite of water efficiency projects, especially targeted at energy savings performance contracts and utility energy service contracts.
  • Plug-In Electric Vehicle Overview for Drivers: This on-demand training course presents clear answers to common questions about plug-in electric vehicles, including the different types of vehicles, safety, battery range, charging, and maintenance.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events 

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today!

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 24, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT (Advanced, covering M&V module and Analysis & Reporting features)

WEBINAR: Utility Energy Service Contracts Training for Utility Representatives

Wednesday, July 25, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT

August 21-23, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

 

2018-06-13
Location: Washington, DC
Description:

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

✔ Plan and register for one or more of FEMP’s 15 pre-conference workshops happening on the Monday before the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit 2018, August 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

  • Review all of the details for FEMP’s 15 pre-conference workshops and REGISTER separately for these workshops on FEMP’s training site today, offered at no additional cost to attendees.  
  • Don’t forget! Early Bird registration ends on June 15, 2018 for the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit 2018! REGISTER TODAY.

✔ Check out FEMP's new fact sheet on Cyber Security for Lighting Systems:

  • Focuses on the cyber threats unique to lighting control systems in buildings.
  • Helps facility managers identify the types of lighting control systems that may introduce cyber security risks.
  • FEMP Focus

    See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates.

    FEMP ENABLE Assists with Natural Disaster Recovery and Resilience

    With hurricane and forest fire seasons starting this month, many federal facilities are vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and fire hazards. FEMP programs such as ENABLE can assist in disaster preparedness and recovery from such events, providing turnkey design/installation/financing services with short implementation periods (as little as six months from start to award). Visit the ENABLE webpage for more information and how to get a project started. 

    Energy Exchange | Better Buildings 2018 Training Sessions Now Available!

    Visit the 2018 Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit website to see newly posted session titles, descriptions, and speakers! Through this interactive training agenda webpage, attendees can browse almost 200 accredited technical trainings, workshops, and panel discussions to plan their individual programs based on their subject matter interests, time, or date.  Visit the webpage to develop your agenda.

    FEMP Tools

    Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free tools, including software, data sets, and databases to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts? Each month FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

    • eProject BuilderA web-based data management system for producing standardized project financial schedules, portfolio-level reports, and benchmarking.
    • Facility Energy Decision System (FEDS) software: A Windows-based program for performing energy efficiency assessment screenings and energy retrofit project analyses across a wide variety of building types for maximizing life-cycle savings.

    Access FEMP’s full catalog of tools.

    Upcoming Events 

    Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today!

    WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstrations

    Thursday, June 21, 2-3:30 p.m. EDT (Introductory) Wednesday, July 18, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT (Introductory) Tuesday, July 24, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT (Advanced, covering M&V module and Analysis & Reporting features)

     

     

     

    August 21-23, 2018
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.

    This service is provided to you at no charge by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). Visit the Web site at eere.energy.gov.

    U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy · 1000 Independence Ave., SW · Washington DC 20585

2018-05-30
Location: Washington, DC
Description:

President Signs Executive Order 13834: Efficient Federal Operations

On May 17, 2018, President Trump signed Executive Order 13834 Efficient Federal Operations, which establishes streamlined goals for federal energy and water efficiency, high performance buildings, renewable energy consumption, purchasing, and other aspects of managing agency operations.

Through this Executive Order (E.O.), the Administration will drive continued action and focus on increasing efficiency of federal buildings and vehicles, improving environmental performance, and accomplishing these goals in a manner that reduces costs and supports agency missions.

Read the Executive Order 13834 and White House Fact Sheet on whitehouse.gov.

To review a comprehensive list of E.O. resources including relevant U.S. codes, public laws, guidance, and resources related to the implementation of the President’s Executive Order on Efficient Federal Operations, please visit resources developed by the White House Council of Environmental Quality Office of Federal Sustainability (OFS).

Download E.O. 13834

News

NASA Partners with FEMP to Launch Combined Heat and Power at Johnson Space Center 

On May 15, 2018 Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), joined leaders from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at a ribbon cutting for the launch of a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. The plant will support JSC and its critical operations by generating approximately 70% of the center’s electricity requirements, reducing JSC’s energy intensity and energy costs while increasing security and reliability.

The project was developed through a partnership between NASA and DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). JSC utilized DOE’s indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) energy savings performance contract to award a $47 million contract to install the CHP plant and implement chilled water plant improvements. This is NASA’s first natural gas CHP project and their largest ESPC to date. NASA also received a $1 million Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies, or AFFECT, grant from FEMP for this project. 

Read the full article here.

New Sustainable Purchasing Survey 

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program is conducting a survey of federal purchasers. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 48 CFR Part 23.703 directs federal agencies to"(M)aximize the utilization of environmentally preferable products and services (based on EPA-issued guidance)." EPA issued Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing to serve as this guidance. This survey aims to 1) understand the level of awareness and use of EPA’s recommendations and the marketplace standards and ecolabels therein, as well as 2) identify needs within the federal purchasing community to further advance EPP. This survey is designed to assess the impacts associated with EPA’s EPP implementation efforts; it is NOT intended to assess purchaser compliance with environmentally preferable purchasing mandates.

Take the survey, and please share with others in the federal community!

U.S. - China Energy Performance Contracting Initiative Announces 2018 Pilot Project Opportunity

The Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) Initiative aims to accelerate the EPC market in China and the United States by promoting high-profile pilot projects that employ multiple technologies and demonstrate deep energy savings, new financing models, the use of standard protocols, and other noteworthy concepts. To obtain experience in each respective market using innovative feasible business models, the EPC Initiative is now seeking applicants for its fourth year of pilot projects. 

Pilot projects can be public infrastructure, public and commercial buildings, and industrial facilities located in the U.S. or China. All projects recognized should have both a Chinese and U.S. partner. Funding is not provided by either government, as the projects are intended to demonstrate replicable, self-sustaining models based on measured energy savings.

American companies are producing abundant and affordable energy efficiency solutions. This is a marketing opportunity to solidify your place as a world leader in energy efficiency and increase your organization’s visibility in one of the largest energy efficiency markets outside of the United States. The application deadline is August 3, 2018. Visit the EPC webpage for more information and to download the 2018 application criteria.

Upcoming Webcasts

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract

Live Webinar: June 13, 2018

This webinar is designed for federal procurement specialists and contracting officers to provide them with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will walk through the typical project process under the GSA Areawide Contract, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include a review of the contracting options for utility energy service contracts (UESCs), best practices associated with UESC procurement steps, and information on additional resources to help federal contracting officers and procurement specialists issue these task orders. Follow the link for more information and to register.

eProject Builder Demonstrations

Live Introductory and Advanced Webinars: June 21 and July 18, 2018 
Live Advanced Webinar: July 24, 2018

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will present demonstration sessions on eProject Builder (ePB), the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's IDIQ contracts. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking, and reporting processes. The next available dates and times are:

Introductory webinar:

  • Thursday, June 21, 2-3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, July 18, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Advanced webinar covering the M&V module and Analysis & Reporting features:

  • Tuesday, July 24, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

To participate, log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.

In-Person Training and Events 

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training

June 18-20, 2018, San Francisco, California

The main objective for the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centers. Training events, lasting one or three days, prepare attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of HVAC, electrical, and IT systems, including the use of software tools. The gained skills of identifying and evaluating energy efficiency opportunities in data centers are applicable across both the federal and private sectors.

The Federal "Data Center Optimization Initiative" Memorandum M-16-19 states that all federal data centers shall have at least one certified DCEP assigned to manage data center performance and continued optimization.

For more information about the training, including tuition fees, please visit DOE’s Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. The cost of tuition for the training is paid directly to the training organizations.

2018 National Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Forum

June 12, 2018
Washington, D.C.

The 2018 National Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Forum is a full day event and exposition preceding DOE's Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Review. Attendees will hear from key policymakers, industry leaders, and senior government officials about the state of the industry, recent accomplishments, and future plans. The event will feature a government panel led by the DOE and including other agencies with hydrogen and fuel cell activities. The event is being held at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center and is coordinated by the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Energy Association. Registration is available here.

Energy Savings Performance Contracting Three-Day Training Workshop - Registration closes on June 5!

June 19-21, 2018
San Diego, California

This newly updated three-day workshop educates attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an ESPC. It includes a module about including resiliency in your ESPC, as well as a basic introduction to and new requirements of the latest DOE IDIQ contract.

Training sections include task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, building energy resiliency into your task order, measurement and verification, understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration. Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics provide trainees with an opportunity to learn by doing.

Please follow the link to register for this workshop; registration will close on June 5. Registration is open to federal employees, DOE national labs, and state and local government employees. Others, such as DOE M&O contractors, may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit 2018 

August 21-23, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio

In 2018, DOE is bringing together the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit, creating the largest and most exciting DOE training, trade show, and peer event of the year. More than 3,000 thought leaders from the federal, private, education, and state and local government sectors will convene to accelerate the adoption of energy and water efficiency, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions. The combined Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit will feature technical training sessions, interactive panels, and learning opportunities from public and private sector market leaders. For more information and to register, please visit the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit webpage.

On Demand eTraining 

FEMP offers self-paced on-demand eTraining courses and webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management, and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings.

 

2018-05-10
Location: Washington, DC
Description:

Air Force Issues Request for Information for Power Purchase Agreement 

The U.S. Air Force has released a Request for Information (RFI), solicitation number W912DY-18-T-PPA1, to conduct market research and determine the feasibility of implementing various energy generation technologies to improve resilience at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) in New Jersey. The Air Force seeks to contract for a continuously available, non-interruptible primary power source for JB MDL. The contractor would develop, finance, design, build, own, operate, and maintain an off-site energy generation facility that will provide electric power via an offtake agreement (i.e. Power Purchase Agreement). For more information visit the Federal Business Opportunity website. RFI responses are due by June 1, 2018. 

Register for the National Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Forum in Washington, D.C.   

Taking place on Tuesday, June 12, the 2018 National Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Forum is a full day event and exposition preceding the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Review. Attendees will hear from key policymakers, industry leaders, and senior government officials about the state of the industry, recent accomplishments, and future plans. The event will feature a government panel led by the DOE and including other agencies with hydrogen and fuel cell activities. The event is being held at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center and is coordinated by the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Energy Association. Registration is available here.

Upcoming Webcasts

Project Facilitator Fundamentals

Live Webinar: May 17, 2018 

All energy savings performance contract (ESPC) projects for task orders under the Department of Energy's (DOE) indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) ESPC are to be done with a qualified project facilitator (PF) or PF teams that are approved by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Federal agencies have increased the use of their own in-house PFs. Therefore, FEMP has identified the need to train potential new PFs to ensure consistency in approach and facilitate workforce development in this area. This webinar will offer basic overviews of ESPC project management principles, the DOE IDIQ ESPC, and DOE's Project Development Resource Guide, which FEMP-approved PFs are expected to follow. Follow the link for more information and to register.

eProject Builder Demonstrations

Live Introductory Webinar: May 22, 2018 

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder (ePB), the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's IDIQ contracts. The sessions are interactive with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking, and reporting processes. The next available dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, May 22, 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT

To participate in a session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.   

Introduction to Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs)

Live Webinar: May 23, 2018 

This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. The training is appropriate for federal facility/energy managers, procurement specialists, utility company representatives, and representatives from other interested organizations. Participants will walk through the steps of the typical project process from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. The webinar introduces participants to UESCs and helps them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them. It also provides them with information about a variety of no-cost resources available to support their UESC project efforts through FEMP and the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Areawide Contract Program. Follow the link for more information and to register.

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract

Live Webinar: June 13, 2018

This webinar is designed for federal procurement specialists and contracting officers to provide them with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will walk through the typical project process under the GSA Areawide Contract, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include a review of the contracting options for UESCs, best practices associated with UESC procurement steps, and information on additional resources to help federal contracting officers and procurement specialists issue these task orders. Follow the link for more information and to register.

In-Person Training 

Energy Savings Performance Contracting Three-Day Training Workshop

June 19-21, 2018
San Diego, California

This newly updated three-day workshop educates attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an ESPC. It includes a module about including resiliency in your ESPC, as well as a basic introduction to and new requirements of the latest DOE IDIQ contract.

Training sections include task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, building energy resiliency into your task order, measurement and verification, understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration. Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics provide trainees with an opportunity to learn by doing.

Please follow the link to register for this workshop. Registration is open to federal employees, DOE national labs, and state and local government employees. Others, such as DOE M&O contractors, may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit 2018 

August 21-23, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio

In 2018, DOE is bringing together the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit, creating the largest and most exciting DOE training, trade show, and peer event of the year. More than 3,000 thought leaders from the federal, private, education, and state and local government sectors will convene to accelerate the adoption of energy and water efficiency, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions. The combined Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit will feature technical training sessions, interactive panels, and learning opportunities from public and private sector market leaders. For more information and to register, please visit the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit webpage.

On Demand eTraining 

FEMP offers self-paced on-demand eTraining courses and webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management, and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings.

 

2018-04-26
Location: Washington, DC
Description:

Register for the ESPC Three-day Training Workshop in San Diego, California

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will hold its newly updated energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) three-day training workshop on June 19-21 in San Diego, California. The workshop educates attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an ESPC. It includes a module about including resiliency in your ESPC, as well as a basic introduction to and new requirements of the latest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract.

Training sections include task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, building energy resiliency into your task order, measurement and verification, understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration. Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics provide trainees with an opportunity to learn by doing.

Please visit FEMP's website for more information and to register for the workshop. Registration is open to federal employees, DOE national labs, and state and local government employees. Others, such as DOE M&O contractors, may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


News

New Operations and Maintenance Savings Guide for ESPCs

FEMP recently released a new report, How to Determine and Verify Operating and Maintenance Savings in Energy Savings Performance Contracts. Operations and maintenance savings are a frequent phenomenon in energy savings performance contracts. Sometimes they are acknowledged and credited towards paying down these financed projects, and sometimes they are not. The guide suggests that, where legitimate, operations and maintenance as well as related repair and replacement savings should be credited in ESPCs’ financials, helping to augment project scopes and/or lower interest costs by shortening financing terms.  Read the full report

New FEMP Case Studies Map

FEMP offers case studies featuring federal agencies that have successfully implemented project financing options and energy- and water-efficient measures and technologies into their buildings and operations. The website features a new map that allows you to browse energy management case studies by U.S. location or sort them by agency, category, and type. Browse FEMP's case studies.


Upcoming Webcasts

eProject Builder Demonstrations

Live Introductory Webinar: May 22, 2018 
*NEW* Live Advanced Webinar: May 9, 2018

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder (ePB), the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's IDIQ contracts. The sessions are interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking, and reporting processes. The next available dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, May 22, 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT

A new webinar is now offered quarterly, which will cover the ePB M&V module and Analysis & Reporting feature. The first session is scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

To participate in a session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.  

Project Facilitator Fundamentals

Live Webinar: May 17, 2018 

All ESPC projects for task orders under the DOE IDIQ ESPC are to be done with a qualified project facilitator (PF) or PF teams that are approved by FEMP. Federal agencies have increased the use of their own in-house PFs. Therefore, FEMP has identified the need to train potential new PFs to ensure consistency in approach and facilitate workforce development in this area. This webinar will offer basic overviews of ESPC project management principles, the DOE IDIQ ESPC, and DOE's Project Development Resource Guide, which FEMP-approved PFs are expected to follow. Follow the link for more information and to register.

Introduction to Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs)

Live Webinar: May 23, 2018

This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. The training is appropriate for federal facility/energy managers, procurement specialists, utility company representatives, and representatives from other interested organizations. Participants will walk through the steps of the typical project process from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. The webinar introduces participants to UESCs and helps them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them. It also provides them with information about a variety of no-cost resources available to support their UESC project efforts through FEMP and the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Areawide Contract Program. Follow the link for more information and to register.

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract

Live Webinar: June 13, 2018

This webinar is designed for federal procurement specialists and contracting officers, providing them with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will walk through the typical project process under the GSA Areawide Contract, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include a review of the contracting options for UESCs, best practices associated with UESC procurement steps, and information on additional resources to help federal contracting officers and procurement specialists issue these Task Orders. Follow the link for more information and to register.


More In-Person Events 

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training

May 9-11, 2018
San Francisco, California

The main objective for the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centers. Training events, lasting one or three days, prepare attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of HVAC, electrical, and IT systems, including the use of software tools. The gained skills of identifying and evaluating energy efficiency opportunities in data centers are applicable across both the federal and private sectors.

The Federal "Data Center Optimization Initiative" (DCOI) Memorandum M-16-19 states that all federal data centers shall have at least one certified Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) assigned to manage data center performance and continued optimization.

For more information about the training, including tuition fees, please visit DOE’s Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. The cost of tuition for the training is paid directly to the training organizations.

Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit 2018 

August 21-23, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio

In 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) is bringing together the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit, creating the largest and most exciting DOE training, trade show, and peer event of the year. More than 3,000 thought leaders from the federal, private, education, and state and local government sectors will convene to accelerate the adoption of energy and water efficiency, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions. The combined Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit will feature technical training sessions, interactive panels, and learning opportunities from public and private sector market leaders. For more information and to register, please visit the Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit webpage.


On Demand eTraining 

FEMP offers self-paced on demand eTraining courses and webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings.

 

2018-03-29
Location: Newsletter with Webinars
Description:

Federal Energy Management Program

FEMP to Recognize Federal Energy Champions with FEDS Spotlight

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) invites federal agencies to recognize employees who are working hard to implement exceptional projects and programs that help agencies achieve their missions and meet energy, water, and fleet management goals.

FEMP's FEDS Spotlight will recognize agency champions during the 2018 Energy Exchange, which will be held August 21-23, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. Posters will be on display during the event and an evening ceremony to recognize and celebrate the agency champions will be held on Wednesday, August 22.

Each participating agency is eligible to nominate up to three federal employees meeting one or more criteria described in the template guidance, which can be downloaded here. All nominations must be approved and submitted to FEMP through the agency's headquarters level point of contact by May 18, 2018. 

Please visit FEMP's website for more information on the FEDS Spotlight.

News

Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers Provides Tools to Identify Efficiency Opportunities

Energy cost savings for your data center are only a few clicks away with the Center of Expertise's (CoE) Master List of Efficiency Actions and Data Center Profiling (DC Pro) Tool. The Master List includes a comprehensive list of recommended efficiency actions for data centers and also feeds into CoE's DC Pro tool. DC Pro estimates current and potential power usage effectiveness (PUE) and energy use distribution, and recommends tailored actions and next steps for improvement.  

For additional data center tools and resources, visit the CoE website.

Call for Nominations for the 2018 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

Each year the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) sponsors the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to honor outstanding federal agency achievements in energy, water, and fleet management. Please visit FEMP's Federal Awards webpage for more information and to download the 2018 Criteria and Guidelines document.

All nominations must be submitted through FEMP's Awards Nomination website by April 26, 2018. FEMP recommends consulting the Agency Coordinator for your parent agency to inquire about any internal agency deadlines that may apply to your nomination, potentially in advance of FEMP's deadline.

For more information visit FEMP's Federal Awards webpage or email FEMP Communications.

Upcoming Webcasts

Data Center Air Management Webinar

Live Webinar: April 12, 2018

This webinar will provide an overview of data center air management, review best practices, and identify approaches to detecting and correcting common air management problems. Air management in data centers is imperative, not only for improving energy efficiency, but also for managing the thermal environment. The end goal of air management is to save energy by supplying as little air as possible at the highest temperature possible without adversely affecting the thermal environment.

Click here to register, and for more information visit the Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers.

eProject Builder Demonstrations

Live Webinar: April 19, 2018

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking, and reporting processes. The next available dates and times are:

  • Thursday, April 19th, 3-4:30 EDT

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.  

In-Person Events 

Advanced Utility Energy Service Contracts Training

April 17-18, 2018 
Nashville, Tennessee

Used for small and large projects, a utility energy service contract (UESC) is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. Federal sites benefit from UESCs by meeting federal mandates, resolving site-specific challenges such as replacing aging equipment with new more energy-efficient equipment, and reducing operating costs. This two-day training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams—from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples.  Follow the link for more information and to register.

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Spring Seminar

April 19-20, 2018 
Nashville, Tennessee

Registration is open for the 2018 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar. The early registration discount ends March 22! Hosted by FEMP and Tennessee Valley Authority, the FUPWG Seminar establishes partnerships and fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars. Please note that the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct prohibits the use of aggressive sales techniques by attendees at FUPWG Seminars, and it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives. For more information please visit the seminar webpage

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training

May 2-4, 2018
San Francisco, California

The main objective for the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centers. Training events, lasting one or three days, prepare attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of HVAC, electrical, and IT systems, including the use of software tools. The gained skills of identifying and evaluating energy efficiency opportunities in data centers are applicable across both the federal and private sectors.

The Federal "Data Center Optimization Initiative" (DCOI) Memorandum M-16-19 states that all federal data centers shall have at least one certified Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) assigned to manage data center performance and continued optimization.

For more information about the training, including tuition fees, please visit DOE’s Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. The cost of tuition for the training is paid directly to the training organizations.

Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit 2018 

August 21-23, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio

In 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) is bringing together the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit, creating the largest and most exciting DOE training, trade show, and peer event of the year. More than 3,000 thought leaders from the federal, private, education, and state and local government sectors will convene to accelerate the adoption of energy and water efficiency, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions. The combined Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit will feature technical training sessions, interactive panels, and learning opportunities from public and private sector market leaders. For more information and to register, please visit the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit webpage.

 

2018-03-13
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Federal Energy Management Program

Energy and Homeland Security Departments Partner to Advance Federal Infrastructure Resilience

Leaders from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in a strategic partnership to advance federal critical infrastructure resilience. The partnership will result in the development and implementation of a systematic approach to planning and deploying projects and measures that will help reduce DHS energy use while strengthening the resilience and security of their facilities.

The signing ceremony took place at DHS headquarter offices with Ms. Leslie Nicholls, Acting Director for DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Dr. Teresa Pohlman, DHS’ Executive Director, Sustainability and Environmental Programs in the Office of the Chief Readiness Support Officer.

Click here to read the full announcement.

News

Center of Expertise Energy Efficiency Toolkit for Data Centers Now Available

The new Energy Efficiency Toolkit for Data Centers provides guidance and a logical sequence for users to employ the Center of Expertise (CoE) tools in order to achieve energy efficiency in data centers. CoE tools can be used sequentially to move from a basic understanding of how energy is used in data centers to identifying opportunities and implementing best practices. Tools include an Energy Assessment Process Manual, Data Center Profiling Tools, Energy Assessment Worksheet, Air Management Tools, Power Chain Tools, Master List of Efficiency Actions, and Energy Assessment Report Template.

Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar - Early Registration Deadline Extended

The 2018 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar will be held Thursday and Friday, April 19-20 in Nashville, Tennessee. Hosted by FEMP and Tennessee Valley Authority, the FUPWG Seminar establishes partnerships and fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars. Additional details including the agenda can be found on the 2018 Spring FUPWG website.

FUPWG Seminar highlights include:

  • Washington Update
  • Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) Best Practices
  • Agency Update - NASA
  • DOD Update - Air Force
  • UESC Case Studies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Metering
  • Utility Risks and Mitigations Related to UESCs
  • Edison Electric Institute Update
  • Energy Resilience
  • All are welcome to attend the Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Working Group Forum on Friday, April 20

FUPWG Registration

FUPWG registration is open. Please note that the discounted early registration deadline has been extended to March 22. The registration fee is $175 up to March 22 and increases to $215 after that date. It is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives and adhere to the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct.

Hotel Information

The Spring FUPWG Seminar will be held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. The FUPWG Seminar rate is $170.00 (federal per diem rate) for both federal and non-federal attendees, and the hotel block will likely sell out prior to the March 26 cut-off date. Reserve today.

Advanced UESC Training – April 17-18

Advanced UESC training will be held in conjunction with the FUPWG Seminar on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17-18. This two-day training will examine strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Priority registration will be given to contracting officers, contracting specialists, and other federal employees. Register here for this workshop.

Call for Nominations for the 2018 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

Each year the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) sponsors the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to honor outstanding federal agency achievements in energy, water, and fleet management. Please visit FEMP's Federal Awards webpage for more information and to download the 2018 Criteria and Guidelines document.

All nominations must be submitted into FEMP's Awards Nomination website by April 26, 2018. FEMP recommends consulting the Agency Coordinator for your parent agency to inquire about any internal agency deadlines that may apply to your nomination, potentially in advance of FEMP's deadline.

For more information visit FEMP's Federal Awards webpage or email FEMP Communications.

Upcoming Webcasts

eProject Builder Demonstrations

Live Webinar: March 20, 2018

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking, and reporting processes. The next available dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.  

In-Person Events 

Advanced Utility Energy Service Contracts Training

April 17-18, 2018 
Nashville, Tennessee

Used for small and large projects, a utility energy service contract (UESC) is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. Federal sites benefit from UESCs by meeting federal mandates, resolving site-specific challenges such as replacing aging equipment with new more energy-efficient equipment, and reducing operating costs. This two-day training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams—from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples.  Follow the link for more information and to register.

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Spring Seminar

April 19-20, 2018 
Nashville, Tennessee

Registration is open for the 2018 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar. The early registration discount ends March 22! Hosted by FEMP and Tennessee Valley Authority, the FUPWG Seminar establishes partnerships and fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars. Please note that the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct prohibits the use of aggressive sales techniques by attendees at FUPWG Seminars, and it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives. For more information please visit the seminar webpage

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training

May 2-4, 2018
San Francisco, California

The main objective for the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centers. Training events, lasting one or three days, prepare attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of HVAC, electrical, and IT systems, including the use of software tools. The gained skills of identifying and evaluating energy efficiency opportunities in data centers are applicable across both the federal and private sectors.

The Federal "Data Center Optimization Initiative" (DCOI) Memorandum M-16-19 states that all federal data centers shall have at least one certified Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) assigned to manage data center performance and continued optimization.

For more information about the training, including tuition fees, please visit DOE’s Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. The cost of tuition for the training is paid directly to the training organizations.

Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit 2018 

August 21-23, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio

In 2018 the Department of Energy (DOE) is bringing together the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit, creating the largest and most exciting DOE training, trade show, and peer event of the year. More than 3,000 thought leaders from the federal, private, education, and state and local government sectors will convene to accelerate the adoption of energy/water efficiency, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions. The combined Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit will feature technical training sessions, interactive panels, and learning opportunities from public and private sector market leaders. For more information and to register, please visit the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit webpage.

 

2018-02-15
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Description:

Register for the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit 2018!

In 2018 the Department of Energy (DOE) is bringing together the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio from August 21-23, creating the largest and most exciting DOE training, trade show, and peer event of the year.

More than 3,000 thought leaders from the federal, private, education, and state and local government sectors will convene to accelerate the adoption of energy/water efficiency, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions. The combined Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit will feature technical training sessions, interactive panels, and learning opportunities from public and private sector market leaders.

Attendee Registration

Register now to attend the Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit 2018

Exhibitor Sign Up

No other event brings together more energy management specialists and suppliers. This year's new combined event offers greater opportunity across both the public and private sectors, and no other venue showcases as many new technologies and proven solutions. Become an exhibitor.

Hotels and Travel

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at 13 hotels near the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland. Rates are set at government per diem for public sector attendees, and are offered at reduced rates for government contractors and the private sector. Government per diem rates are extended only to those attendees with a valid government or national lab ID. Book Your Room.

For more information, please visit FEMP's Energy Exchange webpage.

News

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2018 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar. The early registration discounted fee of $175.00 ends March 19! 

Hosted by FEMP and Tennessee Valley Authority, the FUPWG Seminar establishes partnerships and fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars. 

FUPWG Seminar highlights include:

  • Washington Update
  • NASA Update
  • DOD Update
  • Cybersecurity
  • Energy Resilience
  • Utility Energy Service Contract Best Practices
  • Utility Risks and Mitigations
  • Metering
  • Edison Electric Institute Update
  • Utility Energy Service Contract Case Studies
  • Two-day Advanced Utility Energy Service Contract Training – April 17-18
  • All are welcome to attend the FUPWG Forum on Wednesday, April 18
  • All are welcome to attend the Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Working Group Forum on Friday, April 20

Please note that the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct prohibits the use of aggressive sales techniques by attendees at FUPWG Seminars, and it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives.

For more information, including hotel reservation information and the agenda, please visit the seminar webpage.

Call for Nominations is Open for the 2018 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

Each year the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) sponsors the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to honor outstanding federal agency achievements in energy, water, and fleet management. Please visit FEMP's Federal Awards webpage for more information and to download the 2018 Criteria and Guidelines document.

All nominations must be submitted into FEMP's Awards Nomination website by April 26, 2018. FEMP recommends consulting the Agency Coordinator for your parent agency to inquire about any internal agency deadlines that may apply to your nomination, potentially in advance of FEMP's deadline.

FEMP will offer two identical one-hour WebEx presentations that will provide an overview of the 2018 awards criteria and eligibility requirements, as well as tips on how to prepare nomination narratives. Register here for the Feburary 22 meeting at 1:30 pm EDT. Register here for the March 13 meeting at 2:00 pm EDT. If your organization cannot access WebEx, please contact Jennifer Landsman to discuss your participation.

For more information visit FEMP's Federal Awards webpage or email FEMP Communications.

Upcoming Webcasts

Introduction to UESCs Webinar

Live Webinar: February 21, 2018 
 
This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. This training is appropriate for federal facility/energy managers, procurement specialists, utility company representatives, and representatives from other interested organizations. Participants will walk through the steps of the typical project process from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. The webinar introduces participants to UESCs and helps them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them. It also provides them with information about a variety of no-cost resources available to support their UESC project efforts through FEMP and the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Areawide Contract Program.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

eProject Builder Demonstrations

Live Webinars: February 23, 2018 and March 20, 2018

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking, and reporting processes. The next available dates and times are:

  • Friday, February 23, 2:00-3:30 pm EST
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.  

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract Webinar

Live Webinar: March 13, 2018

This webinar is designed for federal procurement specialists and contracting officers. The goal of this training is to provide attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will walk through the typical project process under the GSA Areawide Contract, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include a review of the contracting options for UESCs, best practices associated with UESC procurement steps, and information on additional resources to help federal contracting officers and procurement specialists issue these Task Orders.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

In-Person Events 

Distributed Wind Workshop

February 27, 2018
Washington, D.C.

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is hosting a Distributed Wind Workshop for federal agencies.

Distributed wind systems can produce electricity for on-site or local consumption. Close to 1 GW of distributed wind has been installed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands for homes, businesses; military sites; manufacturing plants; and local, state, and federal facilities.

This workshop is designed to educate federal agency stakeholders about distributed wind in general, its potential applications, the economics of wind projects, and how to deploy distributed wind at federal sites.

Please follow the link for more information and to register for this workshop.

Energy Savings Performance Contracting Three-Day Training Workshop: Includes a New Module on Energy Resiliency

March 6-8, 2018
Washington, D.C.

This newly updated three-day workshop educates attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an ESPC. It includes a new module about including resiliency in your ESPC, as well as a basic introduction to and new requirements of the latest U.S. Department of Energy indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

Training sections include task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, building energy resiliency into your task order, measurement and verification, understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration. Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics provide trainees with an opportunity to learn by doing.

Please follow the link to register for this workshop. Registration is open to federal employees, DOE national labs, and state and local government employees. Others, such as DOE M&O contractors, may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Advanced Utility Energy Service Contracts Training

April 17-18, 2018 
Nashville, Tennessee

Used for small and large projects, a utility energy service contract (UESC) is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. Federal sites benefit from UESCs by meeting federal mandates, resolving site-specific challenges such as replacing aging equipment with new more energy-efficient equipment, and reducing operating costs. This two-day training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams—from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples.  Follow the link for more information and to register.

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Spring Seminar

April 19-20, 2018 
Nashville, Tennessee

Registration is now open for the 2018 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar. The early registration discount ends March 19! Hosted by FEMP and Tennessee Valley Authority, the FUPWG Seminar establishes partnerships and fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars. Please note that the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct prohibits the use of aggressive sales techniques by attendees at FUPWG Seminars, and it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives. For more information please visit the seminar webpage

On Demand eTraining 

FEMP offers self-paced on demand eTraining courses and webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings.

 

2018-01-11
Location: Washington, DC
Description:

Save the Dates for the 2018 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20, 2018
Nashville, Tennessee

The 2018 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar will be held Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 in Nashville, Tennessee. Hosted by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and Tennessee Valley Authority, the FUPWG Seminar establishes partnerships and fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars.

FUPWG Seminar highlights include:

  • Washington Update
  • Utility Energy Service Contracts Best Practices
  • Department of Defense Update
  • Utility Energy Service Contracts Case Studies
  • Two-day Advanced Utility Energy Service Contracts Training – April 17-18
  • All are welcome to attend the FUPWG Forum on Wednesday, April 18
  • All are welcome to attend the Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Working Group Forum on Friday, April 20

Please visit the FUPWG website for more details including hotel reservation information, which will be updated by January 17.  A detailed agenda and the registration link will be posted in February. 

News

Cyber-securing Facility Related Control Systems Fact Sheet is Now Available on the FEMP Website 

Federal facilities are increasingly equipped with control systems that use information technology to ensure the safety and comfort of occupants, enhance efficiency, lower facility costs, and optimize operations. These facility-related control systems are automated, networked, and connected to other information systems and, in some cases, to the internet. Increased connectivity requires diligence to secure these operational technology systems from cyber intrusions and attacks. FEMP, with support from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, recently developed a new fact sheet that describes some cyber security strategies applicable to federal facilities, gleaned from the experiences at several Department of Energy national laboratories.

Click here to read or download the fact sheet.

Upcoming Webcasts

eProject Builder Demonstration

Live Webinar: January 18, 2018

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking and reporting processes. The next available dates and times are:

  • Thursday, January 18, 2:00-3:30 EST

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.  

Utility Energy Service Contracts Training for Utility Representatives

Live Webinar: January 31, 2018
 
This webinar covers UESCs, which allow utilities to provide their federal agencies with comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements and demand-reduction services. To enter into a UESC, federal staff, as well as utility representatives, must understand the legal parameters, contracting requirements, financing options, and other aspects of these agreements. This training is designed specifically for utility staff so they have the tools needed to better serve their federal customers. Utilities not currently offering UESCs will learn the steps involved in starting a program as well as the resources available from FEMP to help them identify, connect, and partner with the federal facilities in their service territory.  

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

Just in Time ESPC Webinars Session 4: ESPC Implementation/Construction Period - Not Your Conventional Design, Build

Live Webinar: February 8, 2018

FEMP's Just in Time webinar series features experienced energy savings performance contract (ESPC) team members in a live question-and-answer period following a live or prerecorded webinar. Session 4 is intended for agency ESPC acquisition teams or individuals who are responsible for transitioning agency resources into the contract administration phase of the project after task order award. The webinar will focus on best practices for common issues during the implementation/construction period.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

Introduction to UESCs Webinar

Live Webinar: February 21, 2018 
 
This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. This training is appropriate for federal facility/energy managers, procurement specialists, utility company representatives, and representatives from other interested organizations. Participants will walk through the steps of the typical project process from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. The webinar introduces participants to UESCs and helps them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them. It also provides them with information about a variety of no-cost resources available to support their UESC project efforts through FEMP and the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Areawide Contract Program.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract Webinar

Live Webinar: March 13, 2018

This webinar is designed for federal procurement specialists and contracting officers. The goal of this training is to provide attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will walk through the typical project process under the GSA Areawide Contract, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include a review of the contracting options for UESCs, best practices associated with UESC procurement steps, and information on additional resources to help federal contracting officers and procurement specialists issue these Task Orders.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

In-Person Events 

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training

January 17-19, 2018
San Francisco, California

The main objective for the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centers. Training events, lasting one or three days, prepare attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of HVAC, electrical, and IT systems, including the use of software tools. The gained skills of identifying and evaluating energy efficiency opportunities in data centers are applicable across both the federal and private sectors.

The Federal "Data Center Optimization Initiative" (DCOI) Memorandum M-16-19 states that all federal data centers shall have at least one certified Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) assigned to manage data center performance and continued optimization.

For more information about the training, including tuition fees, please visit DOE’s Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. The cost of tuition for the training is paid directly to the training organizations. 

University of California Irvine Smart Labs Workshop

January 31, 2018
University of California Irvine (UCI)

Held in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, this workshop offers participants the chance to experience firsthand the day-to-day operations of UCI’s Smart Labs Program. 

Smart Labs is comprehensive in its approach to laboratory management. It goes beyond energy retrofits, consisting of the classification of buildings and lab space,understanding the effectiveness of dilution ventilation, tuning the systems, and ensuring the systems are functioning properly.

The workshop is intended for laboratory building owners and their teams (including facility operation staff, energy managers, safety managers, upper management staff, laboratory users and researchers, and engineers). UCI and its partners will cover what they have done, who does what, how they do it, and lay out a framework to adapt for your organization.

Please follow the link to register for this workshop.

FedFleet 2018

January 30-February 1, 2018
Washington, D.C.

FedFleet 2018 will offer more than 40 unique training sessions for federal fleet managers at no cost to federal employees. Sessions topics taught by experts will cover both agency-owned and leased fleets and will include hands-on computer lab training. Attendees will have access to the Washington AutoShow exhibit hall, including FedFleet specific vendors. To register, visit www.gsa.gov/fedfleet.

Energy Savings Performance Contracting Three-Day Training Workshop: Includes a New Module on Energy Resiliency

March 6-8, 2018
Washington, D.C.

This newly updated three-day workshop educates attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an ESPC. It includes a new module about including resiliency in your ESPC, as well as a basic introduction to and new requirements of the latest U.S. Department of Energy indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

Training sections include task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, building energy resiliency into your task order, measurement and verification, understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration. Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics provide trainees with an opportunity to learn by doing.

Please follow the link to register for this workshop. Registration is open to federal employees, DOE national labs, and state and local government employees. Others, such as DOE M&O contractors, may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

On Demand eTraining 

FEMP offers self-paced on demand eTraining courses and webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings.

2017-12-19
Location: Webinars
Description:

Upcoming Webcasts

Big Results in Small Places: Exploring the Untapped Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Data Centers

Live Webinar: January 9, 2018

Data traffic has grown tremendously in recent years, with no signs of slowing. Close to half of all the servers handling that data live in data centers less than 5,000 square feet; however these smaller data centers are often overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency. There are compelling benefits for deploying energy saving strategies in small data centers for institutions, state and local  governments, utilities, and private companies. Learn about why effective energy management is worth your attention in small data centers, and which low-cost, high-win strategies can reduce energy demand.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar, which is part of the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Webinar Series.

eProject Builder Demonstration

Live Webinar: January 18, 2018

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking and reporting processes. The next available dates and times are:

  • Thursday, January 18, 2:00-3:30 EST

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.  

Utility Energy Service Contracts Training for Utility Representatives

Live Webinar: January 31, 2018
 
This webinar covers UESCs, which allow utilities to provide their federal agencies with comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements and demand-reduction services. To enter into a UESC, federal staff, as well as utility representatives, must understand the legal parameters, contracting requirements, financing options, and other aspects of these agreements. This training is designed specifically for utility staff so they have the tools needed to better serve their federal customers. Utilities not currently offering UESCs will learn the steps involved in starting a program as well as the resources available from FEMP to help them identify, connect, and partner with the federal facilities in their service territory.  

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

Just in Time ESPC Webinars Session 4: ESPC Implementation/Construction Period - Not Your Conventional Design, Build

Live Webinar: February 8, 2018

FEMP's Just in Time webinar series features experienced energy savings performance contract (ESPC) team members in a live question-and-answer period following a live or prerecorded webinar. Session 4 is intended for agency ESPC acquisition teams or individuals who are responsible for transitioning agency resources into the contract administration phase of the project after task order award. The webinar will focus on best practices for common issues during the implementation/construction period.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

Introduction to UESCs Webinar

Live Webinar: February 21, 2018 
 
This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. This training is appropriate for federal facility/energy managers, procurement specialists, utility company representatives, and representatives from other interested organizations. Participants will walk through the steps of the typical project process from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. The webinar introduces participants to UESCs and helps them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them. It also provides them with information about a variety of no-cost resources available to support their UESC project efforts through FEMP and the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Areawide Contract Program.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract Webinar

Live Webinar: March 13, 2018

This webinar is designed for federal procurement specialists and contracting officers. The goal of this training is to provide attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will walk through the typical project process under the GSA Areawide Contract, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include a review of the contracting options for UESCs, best practices associated with UESC procurement steps, and information on additional resources to help federal contracting officers and procurement specialists issue these Task Orders.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

In-Person Events 

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training

January 17-19, 2018
San Francisco, California

The main objective for the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centers. Training events, lasting one or three days, prepare attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of HVAC, electrical, and IT systems, including the use of software tools. The gained skills of identifying and evaluating energy efficiency opportunities in data centers are applicable across both the federal and private sectors.

The Federal "Data Center Optimization Initiative" (DCOI) Memorandum M-16-19 states that all federal data centers shall have at least one certified Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) assigned to manage data center performance and continued optimization.

For more information about the training, including tuition fees, please visit DOE’s Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. The cost of tuition for the training is paid directly to the training organizations. 

University of California Irvine Smart Labs Workshop

January 31, 2018
University of California Irvine (UCI)

Held in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, this workshop offers participants the chance to experience firsthand the day-to-day operations of UCI’s Smart Labs Program. 

Smart Labs is comprehensive in its approach to laboratory management. It goes beyond energy retrofits, consisting of the classification of buildings and lab space,understanding the effectiveness of dilution ventilation, tuning the systems, and ensuring the systems are functioning properly.

The workshop is intended for laboratory building owners and their teams (including facility operation staff, energy managers, safety managers, upper management staff, laboratory users and researchers, and engineers). UCI and its partners will cover what they have done, who does what, how they do it, and lay out a framework to adapt for your organization.

Please follow the link to register for this workshop.

FedFleet 2018

January 30-February 1, 2018
Washington, D.C.

FedFleet 2018 will offer more than 40 unique training sessions for federal fleet managers at no cost to federal employees. Sessions topics taught by experts will cover both agency-owned and leased fleets and will include hands-on computer lab training. Attendees will have access to the Washington AutoShow exhibit hall, including FedFleet specific vendors. To register, visit www.gsa.gov/fedfleet.

Energy Savings Performance Contracting Three-Day Training Workshop: Includes a New Module on Energy Resiliency

March 6-8, 2018
Washington, D.C.

This newly updated three-day workshop educates attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an ESPC. It includes a new module about including resiliency in your ESPC, as well as a basic introduction to and new requirements of the latest U.S. Department of Energy indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

Training sections include task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, building energy resiliency into your task order, measurement and verification, understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration. Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics provide trainees with an opportunity to learn by doing.

Please follow the link to register for this workshop. Registration is open to federal employees, DOE national labs, and state and local government employees. Others, such as DOE M&O contractors, may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

On Demand eTraining 

FEMP offers self-paced on demand eTraining courses and webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings.

 

 

 

2017-12-07
Location: Webinar
Description:

Upcoming Webcasts

eProject Builder Demonstration

Live Webinars: December 13, 2017 and January 18, 2018

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking and reporting processes. The next available dates and times are:

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2:00-3:30 EST
  • Thursday, January 18, 2:00-3:30 EST

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.  

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract Webinar

Live Webinars: December 13, 2017 and March 13, 2018

The Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract Webinar is designed for federal procurement specialists and contracting officers. The goal of this training is to provide attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will walk through the typical project process under the GSA Areawide Contract, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include a review of the contracting options for UESCs, best practices associated with UESC procurement steps, and information on additional resources to help federal contracting officers and procurement specialists issue these Task Orders.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

Big Results in Small Places: Exploring the Untapped Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Data Centers

Live Webinar: January 9, 2018

Data traffic has grown tremendously in recent years, with no signs of slowing. Close to half of all the servers handling that data live in data centers less than 5,000 square feet; however these smaller data centers are often overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency. There are compelling benefits for deploying energy saving strategies in small data centers for institutions, state and local  governments, utilities, and private companies. Learn about why effective energy management is worth your attention in small data centers, and which low-cost, high-win strategies can reduce energy demand.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar, which is part of the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Webinar Series.

Utility Energy Service Contracts Training for Utility Representatives

Live Webinar: January 31, 2018
 
This webinar covers UESCs, which allow utilities to provide their federal agencies with comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements and demand-reduction services. To enter into a UESC, federal staff, as well as utility representatives, must understand the legal parameters, contracting requirements, financing options, and other aspects of these agreements. This training is designed specifically for utility staff so they have the tools needed to better serve their federal customers. Utilities not currently offering UESCs will learn the steps involved in starting a program as well as the resources available from FEMP to help them identify, connect, and partner with the federal facilities in their service territory.  

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

Introduction to UESCs Webinar

Live Webinar: February 21, 2018 
 
The Introduction to UESCs Webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. This training is appropriate for federal facility/energy managers, procurement specialists, utility company representatives, and representatives from other interested organizations. Participants will walk through the steps of the typical project process from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. The webinar introduces participants to UESCs and helps them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them. It also provides them with information about a variety of no-cost resources available to support their UESC project efforts through FEMP and the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Areawide Contract Program.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar.

In-Person Events 

FedFleet 2018

January 30-February 1, 2018
Washington, D.C.

FedFleet 2018 will offer more than 40 unique training sessions for federal fleet managers at no cost to federal employees. Sessions topics taught by experts will cover both agency-owned and leased fleets and will include hands-on computer lab training. Attendees will have access to the Washington AutoShow exhibit hall, including FedFleet specific vendors. To register, visit www.gsa.gov/fedfleet.

On Demand eTraining 

FEMP offers self-paced on demand eTraining courses and webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings.

 

2017-10-12
Location: Washington, DC
Description:

FEMP's 2017 Energy Action Month Poster is Available

Celebrate Energy Action Month this October with the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) new poster that promotes energy optimization, storage, and security to strengthen the resiliency of federal facilities. Federal employees have a role in saving energy and water to help improve our nation's federal infrastructure. Visit FEMP's Energy Action Month webpage to download the poster and find resources to help raise awareness of energy- and water-saving possibilities at your agency, and explore FEMP's website for training, tools, and services that can help you achieve energy resiliency and maximize savings.

2017-09-14
Location: California
Description:

Registration is Now Open for the 2017 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

November 15-16, 2017
Ontario, California
Hosted by: Southern California Edison

Take advantage of this opportunity to fulfill federally mandated training requirements and expand your network at the 2017 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar. FUPWG fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars. Please note that the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct prohibits the use of aggressive sales techniques by attendees at FUPWG Seminars, and it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives. More details are posted on the FUPWG website.

Registration is Now Open!

$175.00 – Register by October 25 to qualify for the discounted early registration fee
$225.00 – Registration fee after October 25

FUPWG Highlights:

  • Washington Update
  • UESC Best Practices
  • Department of Defense Update
  • VA Agency Update
  • Energy Resilience
  • Cybersecurity
  • Utility Integrated Resource Planning
  • UESC Case Studies
  • New FUPWG Forum - see details below! (November 14)
  • Two-day Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) Training (November 13-14)
  • Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Forum (November 16)

FUPWG Location and Hotel Reservations

Doubletree Ontario Airport
222 N Vineyard Ave
Ontario, CA 91764

The hotel reservation cut-off date is Saturday October 14, 2017, and room availability is not guaranteed. If rooms are still available, reservations can be secured by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Non-government Rate: $169.00 Reservation link
Government Per-diem Rate: $92.00 Reservation link

To register or for more information, please visit the Fall Seminar web page.

News

New FEMP Training Course on Renewable Energy On-Site Project Implementation

FEMP has released Renewable Energy On-Site Project Implementation Process, a new accredited, on-demand training course that introduces a five-phase process for implementing federal on-site renewable energy projects to meet agency goals. The course reviews current statutory and executive order renewable energy goals, introduces available procurement pathways, reviews best practices from successful federal projects, and provides up-to-date technical tools and resources to support project success.

After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand federal requirements related to renewable energy and the pathways for meeting these requirements
  • Apply the five-phase process for identifying and implementing renewable energy projects
  • Identify available renewable energy procurement options
  • Access FEMP services and tools to help evaluate and implement renewable energy projects.

FEMP training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers but are open to all individuals. Courses are hosted in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences' Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG).

Visit FEMP's webpage for more information, or register for the course through the WBDG.

For other free, self-paced training courses offered by FEMP, visit the FEMP Training Search.

New Publications Available on the FEMP Website

Best Practices Document for ESPC Portfolio Review

The new Best Practices for ESPC Portfolio Review serves to highlight best practices for review of a portfolio of federal energy savings performance contract (ESPC) projects. The purpose of the report is to outline potential elements of a systematic approach to evaluating the performance of an agency’s ESPC portfolio as a whole, in addition to the performance of individual projects within the portfolio. Agencies may consider utilizing the approaches outlined within the report in combination with the agency’s determined policy for review of ESPC project portfolios. This report is a product of the Federal ESPC Steering Committee, which was formed to facilitate a coordinated discussion of the unique contract authority in order to share lessons learned and to identify barriers or obstacles and related solutions to the proper and expeditious execution of ESPCs.

Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreement Toolkit

The Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) Energy Sales Agreement (ESA) Toolkit is a great resource for federal agencies looking to utilize the ESPC long-term multiyear contracting authority to implement renewable energy conservation measures. Visit the Toolkit web page for links to the Toolkit itself, as well as editable templates for agencies to download and use, and visit the ESPC ESA web page for additional information on ESPC ESAs.

Federal Net Zero Handbooks

Three Federal Net Zero Handbooks are now available for new buildings, existing buildings, and campuses. The handbooks provide best practices for net zero energy, water, and waste planning. In 2015, DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) defined zero energy buildings in A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings. The Federal Net Zero Handbooks focus on applying the EERE definition and methodology to the federal sector for net zero energy, water, and waste planning and operations. These documents offer strategies that are in support of, but are not intended to replace, substitute, or modify, any statutory or regulatory requirements and mandates. Visit the new FEMP web page for net zero information and to download the handbooks.

Upcoming Webcasts

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract

Live Webinar September 19, 2017

This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy- and water-savings projects. Participants will be walked through the typical project process, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include introducing participants to utility energy service contracting and help them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar training.

eProject Builder Demonstration

Live Webinars: September 26 and October 18, 2017

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that is required as part of DOE's indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking and reporting processes. The next available dates and times are:

  • Tuesday September 26, 1:00-2:30 EDT
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2:00-3:30 EDT

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov

Saving Energy in your Small Data Centers

Live Webinar September 28, 2017

This webinar features Steve Greenberg, a lead author of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s "Small Data Center Energy Savings Guide,"  who provides actionable guidance to save energy in small data centers (less than 5,000 square feet of computer floor). Small data centers are especially important because, while they house more than half of all servers (Shehabi et al 2016), they tend to have only fair energy management. This webinar is particularly relevant to federal data centers implementing the Office of Management and Budget’s Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI).

Please follow the link to register for this webinar training.

Big Results in Small Places: Exploring the Untapped Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Data Centers

Live Webinar January 9, 2018

Data traffic has grown tremendously in recent years, with no signs of slowing. Close to half of all the servers handling that data live in data centers less than 5,000 square feet; however these smaller data centers are often overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency. There are compelling benefits for deploying energy saving strategies in small data centers for institutions, state and local  governments, utilities, and private companies. Learn about why effective energy management is worth your attention in small data centers, and which low-cost, high-win strategies can reduce energy demand.

Please follow the link to register for this webinar, which is part of the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Webinar Series.

In-Person Events 

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training

October 2-4, 2017
San Francisco, California

The main objective for the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centers. Training events, lasting one or three days, prepare attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of HVAC, electrical, and IT systems, including the use of software tools. The gained skills of identifying and evaluating energy efficiency opportunities in data centers are applicable across both the federal and private sectors.

The Federal "Data Center Optimization Initiative" (DCOI) Memorandum M-16-19 states that all federal data centers shall have at least one certified Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) assigned to manage data center performance and continued optimization.

For more information about the training, including tuition fees, please visit DOE’s Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. The cost of tuition for the training is paid directly to the training organizations. 

Advanced Utility Energy Service Contracts Training

November 13-14, 2017
Ontario, California

Used for small and large projects, a utility energy service contract (UESC) is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. Federal sites benefit from UESCs by meeting federal mandates, resolving site-specific challenges such as replacing aging equipment with new more energy-efficient equipment, and reducing operating costs. This two-day training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams—from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples.  Follow the link for more information and to register.

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Fall Seminar

November 15-16, 2017
Ontario, California

Register now and take advantage of this opportunity to fulfill federally mandated training requirements and expand your network at the 2017 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar. FUPWG fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies improve operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars. Please note that the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct prohibits the use of aggressive sales techniques by attendees at FUPWG Seminars, and it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives. For more information please visit the seminar webpage

On Demand eTraining 

FEMP offers self-paced on demand eTraining courses and webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings.

 

 

 

2017-07-13
Description:

U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting Pilot Call for Projects

EERE seeks to recognize clean energy companies who are leaders in energy performance contracting (EPC) in the U.S. and abroad. U.S. technology providers and energy service companies can nominate their EPC projects in the U.S. or China to be named one of the 2017 U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting Pilot Projects. The deadline to apply is July 28. For more information and application visit the Joint Global Change Research Institute website.

EERE Small Business Success Story Featuring FEMP's ENABLE Program

Curious how FEMP is supporting both small business and federal agencies to reduce federal energy consumption through programs like energy savings performance contract (ESPC) ENABLE? Check out the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Small Business Program’s small business advocate success story featuring FEMP and Acting Director Leslie Nicholls. 

Register Today for Energy Exchange 2017 and FEMP Pre-Event Workshops! 

Don’t miss this important educational and networking forum for the federal energy management community! This year's Energy Exchange will feature 130+ training sessions in 15 tracks. Hear how leading professionals are leveraging resources and cutting costs at federal facilities and campuses, and explore technologies and services in the co-located trade show for modernizing, improving, and protecting federal assets.

FEMP will also be offering training opportunities for beginner and intermediate audiences on Monday, August 14, the day before the Energy Exchange. These in-depth sessions bring additional value to the Energy Exchange experience. Click on the session titles below for more information and to register for any of these nine workshops:

For more information on the training tracks, costs, tradeshow, or to register, view our *new* video and visit the Energy Exchange website. Please note: to control event costs, the event is invitation-only for DOE-funded attendees.

New eTraining From FEMP: O&M for Optimal PV System Performance

This eTraining outlines the necessary steps for directing on-going or new operation of photovoltaic (PV) systems for the life of the project across a variety of system types, sizes, and environments. It is designed for personnel looking to plan and direct an operations and maintenance (O&M) program for a variety of PV systems. The course is part of FEMP’s four-course Solar Energy: Photovoltaics Certificate Series, which discusses solar PV fundamentals for both small- and large-scale applications and operations and maintenance best practices for small-scale systems.

FEMP eTraining is designed for federal energy and facility managers, but is open to all individuals. For more information and to register for courses, click here.

Building Life Cycle Cost Programs Annual Supplements Now Available 

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Building Life Cycle Cost (BLCC) Programs Annual Supplements to BLCC, the Energy Escalation Rate Calculator, and Handbook 135 are now publicly available on the FEMP BLCC website. These supplements provide computational support for the analysis of capital investments in buildings.

Upcoming Webcasts

eProject Builder Demonstrations

Live Webinar: July 18, 2017

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that will be required as part of DOE's next set of indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The session will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking and reporting processes. The next available date and time is:

  • Tuesday July 18, 2:30-4:00 EDT

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "access code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260. If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov

Utility Energy Service Contracts Training for Utility Representatives

Live Webinar July 19, 2017

This webinar covers utility energy service contracts (UESCs), which allow utilities to provide federal agencies with comprehensive energy- and water-efficiency improvements and demand-reduction services. The training is designed specifically for utility staff so they have the tools they need to better serve their federal customers. Utilities not currently offering UESCs will learn the steps in starting a program and find out about resources available from FEMP to help them identify, connect, and partner with federal facilities in their service territories.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.

Introduction to Utility Energy Service Contracts

Live Webinar August 23, 2017

This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will walk through the steps of the typical project process from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. The webinar introduces participants to utility energy service contracts (UESCs) and helps them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them. It also provides them with information about a variety of no-cost resources available to to support their UESC project efforts through the Federal Energy Management Program and the General Services Administration’s Areawide Contract Program.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.

Conferences and In-Person Training Opportunities 

Energy Exchange 2017

August 15-17 - Tampa, FL

Federal personnel from across civilian agencies and the military along with the private sector will come together for 2-1/2 days of training sessions on building operations, energy security, and management in the federal sector. Continuing education units will be offered for the majority of the training sessions currently being planned.

For more information on the preliminary agenda, costs, hotel room blocks, the tradeshow, or how to register, visit the Energy Exchange website.

Please note: to control event costs, the event is invitation-only for DOE-funded attendees. 

On Demand eTraining 

FEMP offers self-paced on demand eTraining courses and First Thursday webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP now offers ten distinct Certificate Series to supplement learners' on-site experience with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Each series provides a set of related accredited courses that, when completed together, offer comprehensive instruction on timely topics and CEUs.

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings and Certificate Series.

 

 

2016-10-06
Description:

FEMP Digest For the week of October 3, 2016

Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Announcement "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies 2017" 

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017” in November or December of 2016.

No FOA Applications will be accepted through this Notice.

The FOA will provide grants to federal agencies for projects in the following three topic areas: (1) Combined Heat and Power, (2) Renewable Energy, and (3) Energy Efficiency Deep Retrofits.

EERE plans to issue the FOA via the EERE Exchange website. If applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange.

For more information and to view the full Notice of Intent, visit the AFFECT section of the FEMP website.


News

FEMP and the Fuel Cell Technology Office Announce Collaboration on New Training Modules

In commemoration of National Hydrogen Day, aptly chosen for the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008), FEMP is partnering with DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) to develop training modules, including safety and outreach modules, as part of FEMP’s training program. This collaboration will continue to grow FEMP’s diverse offerings of training courses and build on FCTO’s existing outreach efforts to various stakeholders. 

Visit the FEMP training program webpage to learn more about how the Energy Department provides training to foster and maintain a high-performance workforce to construct, operate, and maintain facilities in an energy-efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective manner. For more information about the safety aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, please visit the Hydrogen Tools Portal.

Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar - *Hotel Cutoff Date October 9th*

Take advantage of this opportunity to fulfill federally mandated training requirements and expand your network at the 2016 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar taking place November 2-3, 2016 in Bellevue, WA and hosted by Puget Sound Energy. FUPWG fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies meet their mandated energy goals. Please note that the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct prohibits the use of aggressive sales techniques by attendees at Working Group seminars, and it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives.

For more information on the agenda, registration, and rates visit the FUPWG website.

Better Buildings and FEMP Launch Smart Labs Accelerator 

The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative, along with the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), recently launched the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator to advance energy efficiency in laboratory buildings owned and operated by universities, corporations, national laboratories, hospitals, and federal agencies. Through the new Smart Labs Accelerator, partners will pursue ambitious energy-saving targets and strategies that will address key barriers to improving energy efficiency.

By joining the Smart Labs Accelerator, organizations are committing to improve the efficiency of their laboratories by 20% in 10 years, with 5% savings coming within 3 years through no- and low-cost measures. For the list of laboratories who have already signed on visit the Better Buildings Smart Labs Solution Center.

Read the the full Progress Alert or visit FEMP's Smart Lab Accelerator webpage for more information and how to become a partner. 

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Upcoming Webcasts

October 19, 2016

Utility Energy Service Contracts Training for Utility Representatives

This webinar covers UESCs, which allow utilities to provide their federal agencies with comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements and demand-reduction services. To enter into a UESC, federal staff, as well as utility representatives, must understand the legal parameters, contracting requirements, financing options, and other aspects of these agreements. Needs assessments conducted with the target audience indicated that the utility staff felt they needed additional training to meet their responsibilities.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.

October 25 and November 21, 2016

eProject Builder Demonstrations

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present two (identical) introduction/demonstration sessions on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that will be required as part of DOE's next set of indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will learn about the benefits of using ePB and get a walk-through of project data entry, tracking and reporting processes. The available dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2-3:30pm EDT
  • Monday, November 21, 2-3:30pm EST

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "participant code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260, access code 4952370 (same as the participant code). If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.

October 27, 2016

Just in Time ESPC Webinars Session 3: Crossing the Finish Line to Award

This final webinar session of the Just In Time webinar series can help federal agencies to meet Presidential Performance Contracting Challenge (PPCC) milestones for evaluating proposals and negotiating and awarding high-quality, on-time ESPC task orders. The webinar features experienced ESPC team members in a live question and answer period following a live or pre-recorded webinar. The session is intended for individuals who are responsible for price proposal evaluation, contract negotiations, and award, and those who participate in management reviews and approvals.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.  

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Conferences and In-Person Training Opportunities

October 19, 2016 - Baltimore, MD

Creating Effective Organizational Change: A 5-step Framework for Incorporating Sustainability into Organizations

This Interactive workshop will assist participants in moving beyond individual models of behavior change toward creating organizational change to achieve sustainability goals and maintain achievements over time. Our five-step framework for organizational change walks program designers through developing and implementing an action plan that is grounded in organizational change theory.

This $65 workshop is offered as a pre-conference event in conjunction with the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) conference, but conference registration is not required to attend the workshop. Workshop attendees may also elect to receive FEMP continuing education units.

Please click here to register for the workshop and e-mail SustainableFedOps@lbl.gov with any questions.

October 31 - November 1 - Bellevue, WA

Advanced UESC Training

This two-day Advanced UESC Training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples. 

This course is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and there is no registration fee to attend. CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of an online quiz following the workshop. Priority registration will be given to contracting officers, contracting specialists, and other federal employees. Attendees from private industry will be admitted as space allows – one per company.  

Register here for the Advanced UESC Training.

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On Demand eTraining

FEMP offers self-paced on-demand eTraining courses and First Thursday webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP now offers ten distinct Certificate Series to supplement learners' on-site experience with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Each series provides a set of related accredited courses that, when completed together, offer comprehensive instruction on timely topics and CEUs.

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings and Certificate Series.

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2016-09-26
Description:

FEMP Digest For the week of September 26, 2016

FEMP Teams with Better Buildings to Launch Smart Labs Accelerator  

 

2016-09-22
Location: Webinar
Description:

FEMP Digest For the week of September 19, 2016

Register Today for the Final Just in Time ESPC Webinar Session 

Crossing the Finish Line to Award 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will present on October 27th at 1 p.m. EDT the final installment of the Just in Time Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) webinar series, Crossing the Finish Line to Award.

The webinar features experienced ESPC team members in a live question and answer period following a live or pre-recorded webinar.

This session of the Just In Time webinar series can help federal agencies to meet Presidential Performance Contracting Challenge (PPCC) milestones for evaluating proposals and negotiating and awarding high-quality, on-time ESPC task orders.

The session is intended for individuals who are responsible for price proposal evaluation, contract negotiations, and award, and those who participate in management reviews and approvals.

This training addresses the review of the revised proposal, including financing and pricing, through final negotiations. The presentations stress facilitating timely award of the task order by taking a proactive approach to identifying and meeting the needs of task order approvers and endorsers. The final session is intended to teach agency ESPC acquisition teams the best practices for:

  • Reviewing Financial Schedules in the ESCO’s Price Proposal
  • Reviewing and Evaluating Pricing and Financing
  • Getting to a Revised Proposal – Negotiating to Yes
  • Awarding the Task Order

Click here for more information or to register for this course. 


News

Workshop Registration Now Open for Creating Effective Organizational Change: A 5-step Framework for Incorporating Sustainability into Organizations

Members of the FEMP-funded multi-lab Institutional Change Team will lead a three-hour interactive workshop on October 19, 2016. The workshop presents an organizational change framework and underlying tools that can be used to develop effective, persistent change in organizational processes and outcomes. Workshop participants will get a chance to apply the framework to real-world case studies and learn how to create customized action plans. Participants are encouraged to bring their own organizational change challenges to work through during the session.

This $65 workshop is offered as a pre-conference event in conjunction with the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) conference, but conference registration is not required to attend the workshop. Workshop attendees may also elect to receive FEMP continuing education units.

Please click here to register for the workshop and e-mail SustainableFedOps@lbl.gov with any questions.

New FEMP eTraining Now Available - Contracting for Efficiency 

This course offers federal contracting officers a concise introduction to the process of procuring energy-efficient products and includes actionable guidance as it applies throughout the contracting process. During the course, participants will learn to identify the contracting requirements, select covered product categories, write solicitations and contracts, accurately verify the delivery of compliant products and services, and utilize FEMP and EPA’s ENERGY STAR resources.

After completing a course evaluation and multiple-choice assessment, participants will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for continuing education units. 

Click here for more information or to take this course. For other free, self-paced eTraining Core Courses offered by FEMP in association with the Whole Building Design Guide, visit the FEMP eTraining website.

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Upcoming Webcasts

October 19, 2016

Utility Energy Service Contracts Training for Utility Representatives

This webinar covers utility energy service contracts (UESC), which allow utilities to provide their federal agencies with comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements and demand-reduction services. To enter into a UESC, federal staff, as well as utility representatives, must understand the legal parameters, contracting requirements, financing options, and other aspects of these agreements. Needs assessments conducted with the target audience indicated that the utility staff felt they needed additional training to meet their responsibilities.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.

October 25, 2016

eProject Builder Demonstration

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project tracking and database system that will be required as part of DOE's next set of indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The session will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will be offered access to a test site to let them experiment with the system before making any decision about using it for actual projects. 

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "participant code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260, access code 4952370 (same as the participant code). If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.

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Conferences and In-Person Training Opportunities 

October 4th - Atlanta, GA

October 6th - Harrisonburg, VA

Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce Bootcamps

DOE’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) is hosting bootcamps in Atlanta, GA and Harrisonburg, VA coordinated through the Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce (MITEC) program. The boot camps are designed to help small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in advanced energy sectors access DOE national lab capabilities and assets; learn about DOE programs targeting SMEs including the Small Business Vouchers pilot and the Small Business Innovation Research program; and how to specifically engage with two DOE national labs—the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL).

Visit the CEMI website for more information about MITEC, the Georgia and Virginia bootcamps, and the pilot program, or email CleanEnergyManufacturings@ee.doe.gov

October 31 - November 1 - Bellevue, WA

Advanced UESC Training

This two-day Advanced UESC Training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples. 

This course is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and there is no registration fee to attend. CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of an online quiz following the workshop. Priority registration will be given to contracting officers, contracting specialists, and other federal employees. Attendees from private industry will be admitted as space allows – one per company.  

Register here for the Advanced UESC Training.

November 2-3 - Bellevue, WA

Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

Take advantage of this opportunity to fulfill federally mandated training requirements and expand your network at the 2016 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar taking place November 2-3, 2016 in Bellevue, WA and hosted by Puget Sound Energy. FUPWG fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies meet their mandated energy goals. Please note that the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct prohibits the use of aggressive sales techniques by attendees at Working Group seminars, and it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives.

For more information on the agenda, registration, and rates visit the FUPWG website.

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On Demand eTraining

FEMP offers self-paced on-demand eTraining courses and First Thursday webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP now offers ten distinct Certificate Series to supplement learners' on-site experience with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Each series provides a set of related accredited courses that, when completed together, offer comprehensive instruction on timely topics and CEUs.

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings and Certificate Series.

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2016-09-01
Description:

FEMP Digest For the week of August 29, 2016

New FEMP eTraining Course Available

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Contracting for Efficiency 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) presents its latest e-Training course, Contracting for Efficiency.

This course offers federal contracting officers a concise introduction to the process of procuring energy-efficient products and includes actionable guidance as it applies throughout the contracting process. During the course, participants will learn to identify the contracting requirements, select covered product categories, write solicitations and contracts, accurately verify the delivery of compliant products and services, and utilize FEMP and EPA’s ENERGY STAR resources.

After completing a course evaluation and multiple-choice assessment, participants will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for continuing education units. 

FEMP eTraining Courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but are open to all individuals. Courses are hosted in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences Whole Building Design Guide.

Click here for more information or to take this course. For other free, self-paced eTraining Core Courses offered by FEMP in association with the Whole Building Design Guide, visit the FEMP eTraining website.

 


News 

 

Winner Announced for FEMP JUMP Call for Innovation

At the Energy Exchange 2016 earlier this month, FEMP and DOE's Building Technologies Office (BTO) announced the winner of the FEMP JUMP technology challenge to identify underutilized new or recently-commercialized building technology solutions. Retrofit Originality Incorporated was selected for their high efficiency dehumidification system (HEDS) proposal, which outlined a unique, innovative, and potentially impactful technology for both the federal and private sectors.

JUMP is a BTO-funded online crowdsourcing platform launched by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 2015. JUMP stands for Join in the discussion, Unveil innovation, Motivate transformation, and Promote technology-to-market. FEMP partnered with BTO and ORNL to mobilize the community in search of technology solutions that could accelerate deployment of energy-efficient technologies in federal buildings.

For more details on the winner read the full news announcement

Workshop Registration Now Open for Creating Effective Organizational Change: A 5-step Framework for Incorporating Sustainability into Organizations

 

Members of the FEMP-funded multi-lab Institutional Change Team will lead a three-hour interactive workshop on October 19, 2016. The workshop presents an organizational change framework and underlying tools that can be used to develop effective, persistent change in organizational processes and outcomes. Workshop participants will get a chance to apply the framework to real-world case studies and learn how to create customized action plans. Participants are encouraged to bring their own organizational change challenges to work through during the session.

 

This $65 workshop is offered as a pre-conference event in conjunction with the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) conference, but conference registration is not required to attend the workshop. Workshop attendees may also elect to receive FEMP continuing education units.

Please click here to register for the workshop and e-mail SustainableFedOps@lbl.gov with any questions.

Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

Take advantage of this opportunity to fulfill federally mandated training requirements and expand your network at the 2016 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar taking place November 2-3, 2016 in Bellevue, WA and hosted by Puget Sound Energy. FUPWG fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies meet their mandated energy goals. Please note that the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct prohibits the use of aggressive sales techniques by attendees at Working Group seminars, and it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives.

For more information on the agenda, registration, and rates visit the FUPWG website.

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Upcoming Webcasts

September 14 and October 25, 2016

eProject Builder Demonstration

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present two identical introduction/demonstration sessions on eProject Builder, the energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project tracking and database system that will be required as part of DOE's next set of indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will be offered access to a test site to let them experiment with the system before making any decision about using it for actual projects. The available dates and times are:

  • Wednesday, September 14th, 1-2:30 EDT
  • Tuesday, October 25th, 2-3:30 EDT

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "participant code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260, access code 4952370 (same as the participant code). If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail epb-support@lbl.gov.

September 20, 2016

Getting Data Center Energy Management Started with Profiler Tools

This webinar will explore the two “early stage” scoping tools available to help data centers estimate Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) without sub-metering. The Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) Tools, which include DC Pro and the simplified PUE Estimator, are free, web-based, and confidential. Differences between the tools, how to utilize their results, and a demonstration will be included.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.

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Conferences and In-Person Training Opportunities 

September 14th - Detroit, MI

Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce Bootcamp: Michigan

DOE’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) is hosting a bootcamp in Detroit, MI, coordinated through the Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce (MITEC) program. The boot camp is designed to help small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in advanced energy sectors access DOE national lab capabilities and assets; learn about DOE programs targeting SMEs including the Small Business Vouchers pilot and the Small Business Innovation Research program; and how to specifically engage with two DOE national labs—the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL).

Visit the CEMI website for more information about MITEC, the Michigan bootcamp, and the pilot program including additional in-state bootcamp dates and locations, or email CleanEnergyManufacturings@ee.doe.gov

October 31 - November 1 - Bellevue, WA

Advanced UESC Training

This two-day Advanced UESC Training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples. 

This course is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and there is no registration fee to attend. CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of an online quiz following the workshop. Priority registration will be given to contracting officers, contracting specialists, and other federal employees. Attendees from private industry will be admitted as space allows – one per company.  

Register here for the Advanced UESC Training.

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On Demand eTraining

FEMP offers self-paced on-demand eTraining courses and First Thursday webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP now offers ten distinct Certificate Series to supplement learners' on-site experience with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Each series provides a set of related accredited courses that, when completed together, offer comprehensive instruction on timely topics and CEUs.

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings and Certificate Series.

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2016-08-18
Location: Bellevue, WA
Description:

2016 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

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Mark Your Calendar Now!

Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

November 2-3, 2016

Bellevue, WA

Hosted by: Puget Sound Energy

Take advantage of this opportunity to fulfill federally mandated training requirements and expand your network at the 2016 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar. FUPWG fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies meet their mandated energy goals. Please note that the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct prohibits the use of aggressive sales techniques by attendees at Working Group seminars, and it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives.

FUPWG Highlights:

  • Washington Update
  • Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) Best Practices
  • Puget Sound Energy Update
  • Case Studies
  • DOD Update 
  • Two-day UESC Training (October 31 – November 1)
  • Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Working Group Meeting (November 3)

Sign-up Information
$165.00 – Registration Fee
Registration opens in late August.

FUPWG Location
Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Avenue, NE
Bellevue, WA  98004

Industry Rate: $259.00
Book your group rate for Puget Sound Energy Meeting Non Per Diem Attendees
   
Government Per-diem Rate:  $157.00
Book your group rate for Puget Sound Energy Meeting Per Diem Attendees 

For more information please visit the FUPWG website.


News 

FEMP ESPC ENABLE - A Streamlined Energy Reduction Solution Ideal for Meeting Your Small Business Goals

The Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) developed the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) ENABLE program to assist federal agencies in meeting annually accruing federal energy reduction targets. Projects range from around $500,000 to $5 million with no facility size restrictions. 

Two BIG reasons to know about this program:

  1. Streamline your procurement process for SMALL federal projects when installing targeted energy conservations measures (ECMs) in six months or less.
  1. Meet your department’s small business goals through leveraging highly qualified small business firms found on the ENABLE schedule.

For more information, visit the ESPC ENABLE program overview and briefing, or reach out to FEMP/ENABLE Program Manager Ira Birnbaum or DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Small Business Program Manager Lani Macrae.

Army Surpasses $1 Billion PPCC Milestone with UESC Contract at Anniston Army Depot

 

In less than five years, the Army has engaged in 127 energy-saving projects with the private sector that now exceed $1 billion in investments. This announcement was made last week by Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning at FEMP's Energy Exchange training event in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

These projects were undertaken in response to President Obama’s Performance Contracting Challenge, which called on all federal agencies to partner with energy service companies and utilities to execute $4 billion in energy saving projects by the end of 2016. "The Army's projects alone represent 33 percent of all the federal government's current contributions to meeting the President's goal," Fanning said.

 

The Army has been pursuing utility energy service contracts since 1992. In 25 years, the Army has initiated 382 projects at 48 installations, saving 4.4 trillion British Thermal Units of energy annually. Under the contract at Anniston Army Depot, Alabama Power is providing $20.8 million to fund new high-efficiency chillers, a new compressed air plant, and new heating systems at the installation, along with other initiatives that include high-efficiency lighting, a water conservation project, new ventilation fans, and decentralization of the depot's steam system.

 

Read the full Army press release.

Energy Efficient Product Procurement Updates Are Available on FEMP's Website

Federal agencies are required to purchase energy-efficient products. To help buyers meet these requirements, FEMP maintains acquisition guidance product categories, covered by various efficiency programs. In August 2016 the following product categories were updated:

Visit FEMP's website for the full list of products within these categories, and contact Saralyn Bunch, U.S. Department of Energy, or Christopher Payne, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, for additional information or assistance.

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Upcoming Webcasts

September 1, 2016

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract

This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy- and water-savings projects. Participants will be walked through the typical project process, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include introducing participants to utility energy service contracting and help them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.

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October 31 - November 1 - Bellevue, WA

Advanced UESC Training

This two-day Advanced UESC Training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples. 

This course is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and there is no registration fee to attend. CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of an online quiz following the workshop. Priority registration will be given to contracting officers, contracting specialists, and other federal employees. Attendees from private industry will be admitted as space allows – one per company.  

Register here for the Advanced UESC Training.

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On Demand eTraining

FEMP offers self-paced on-demand eTraining courses and First Thursday webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP now offers ten distinct Certificate Series to supplement learners' on-site experience with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Each series provides a set of related accredited courses that, when completed together, offer comprehensive instruction on timely topics and CEUs.

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings and Certificate Series.

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2016-07-07
Description:

FEMP Digest For the week of July 4, 2016

New First Thursday Update 

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New FEMP First Thursday Update Will Cover FY15 Government Performance Toward Energy and Sustainability Goals

The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will present a new First Thursday Update webinar on August 4, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Fiscal Year 2015 Government Performance Toward Energy and Sustainability Goals.

This First Thursday Update will provide a current assessment of progress made towards federal energy/water management and greenhouse gas reduction requirements. The session will include the most up-to-date discussion of overall government and individual agency performance as related to federal facility and fleet management and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

The webinar will present key findings for FY 2015 reported by agencies to FEMP in their annual energy and greenhouse gas data reports, including:

  • Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emission reductions,
  • Facility energy intensity reductions,
  • Renewables as a percentage of total electric energy,
  • Agency performance contracting investments awarded, and
  • Water intensity reductions.

FEMP First Thursday Updates are designed for federal energy and facility managers but are open to all individuals on the FEMP Training Search.

The 60-minute training is free of charge, but advanced registration is required to obtain an Internet URL for the presentation.

For more information, visit the FEMP Training page.


News

Three Federal Sites Recognized for Exemplary Performance by the Interior Lighting Campaign

Three federal sites participating in the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) recently won exemplary performance awards at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) 2016 International Conference and Expo for their troffer lighting system upgrades. These sites, along with other ILC participants, documented upgrades to 650,000 troffers representing savings of 130 million annual kilowatt-hours or about $13.5 million. A presentation with details for all 13 award winners can be found here. Federal sites that received awards were: 

Army Reserve – 9th Mission Support Command: Guam

  • Exemplary Federal Government Sector Site

Army Reserve 99th Regional Support Command: T/Sgt Vernon McGarity Army Reserve Center

  • Exemplary Federal Government Sector Site

U.S. General Services Administration: New Carrollton Federal Building and Byron Rodgers Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse

  • Highest Absolute Annual Savings for Troffer Lighting Retrofits - Large Project
  • Highest Percentage of Annual Savings for Troffer Lighting Retrofits - Large Project
  • Best Use of Lighting Controls in a Single Building

FEMP encourages federal sites to pursue high efficiency interior lighting upgrades. Join the Interior Lighting Campaign and help us highlight completed or planned federal projects that involve high efficiency troffer lighting and associated lighting controls. Free technical assistance is available to federal sites. Contact Linda Sandahl for more information.

Invitation to GreenGov Fleet Electrification Dialogue on July 11th

In collaboration with George Washington University, the White House Council on Environmental Quality will host a GreenGov Dialogue on Monday, July 11, 2016. The dialogue will focus on federal sustainability efforts in fleet electrification and will feature speakers from across the government, industry, NGO and academia sectors. This event will be an opportunity to gain insight into the current state of vehicle electrification infrastructure growth, and a chance to learn best practices from public and private organizations who are leading the way with this energy efficient fleet option. Register for the event here

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July 13, 2016

eProject Builder Demonstration

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that will be required as part of DOE next set of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will be offered access to a test site to let them experiment with the system before making any decision about using it for actual projects.

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "participant code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260, access code 4952370 (same as the participant code). If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail LBNL's Estuart@lbl.gov.

June 20, 2016

Utility Energy Service Contracts Training for Utility Representatives

This webinar covers utility energy service contracts (UESC), which allow utilities to provide their federal agencies with comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements and demand-reduction services. To enter into a UESC, federal staff, as well as utility representatives, must understand the legal parameters, contracting requirements, financing options, and other aspects of these agreements. Needs assessments conducted with the target audience indicated that the utility staff felt they needed additional training to meet their responsibilities. This webinar will serve to help meet that perceived need.

Another goal for this training is to encourage utility companies that do not currently offer UESC services to offer them, thus providing more alternative financing options for federal facilities currently served by utilities that don’t offer UESCs.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.

July 28, 2016

Data Center Metering and Power Usage Effectiveness

This webinar will cover material from the Data Center Metering and Resource Guide, including how to diagnose data center type, necessary metering, and how to calculate power usage effectiveness (PUE). Strategies, resources, and tools will also be discussed to help attendees create robust data center metering infrastructure. Data center metering and PUE will be put into the context of the Executive Order (E.O.) 13693 requirements and the Better Buildings Challenge and Data Center Accelerator programs.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.

August 3, 2016

Introduction to Utility Energy Service Contracts

This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. 

Participants will walk through the steps of the typical project process from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. The webinar introduces participants to utility energy service contracts (UESCs) and helps them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them. It also provides them with information about a variety of no-cost resources available to them to support their UESC project efforts through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program and the General Services Administration’s area-wide contract program.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.

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Energy Exchange 2016

August 9-11, Providence, RI

Mark your calendars for Energy Exchange 2016! From August 9-11 in Providence, Rhode Island, federal personnel from across civilian agencies and the military along with the private sector will come together for 2 1/2 days of training sessions on funding, designing, and operating energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the federal government. Continuing education units will be offered for the majority of the training sessions currently being planned.

Registration Rates

Pre-Event Training Opportunities

FEMP will be offering six important training opportunities for beginner and intermediate audiences on Monday, August 8, the day before the Energy Exchange. These in-depth sessions bring additional value to the Energy Exchange experience. Click on the session titles below for more information and to register for any of these six workshops:

For more information on the training tracks, costs, or the tradeshow and to register, visit the Energy Exchange website. Please note: to control event costs, the event is invitation-only for DOE-funded attendees. 

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On Demand eTraining

FEMP offers self-paced on-demand eTraining courses and First Thursday webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP now offers ten distinct Certificate Series to supplement learners' on-site experience with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Each series provides a set of related accredited courses that, when completed together, offer comprehensive instruction on timely topics and CEUs.

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings and Certificate Series.

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2016-06-14
Description:

FEMP Digest For the week of June 13, 2016

Energy Exchange is Less Than Two Months Away - Register Today!

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Building on the tradition of GovEnergy, the Energy Exchange is a must-attend event for the federal energy management community. The Energy Exchange training and trade show will offer a diverse program of 126 training sessions organized in 14 tracks covering project financing, new and emerging energy technologies, and more! Continuing education units will be offered for the majority of the training sessions.

Registration Rates

Pre-Event Training Opportunities

FEMP will be offering six important training opportunities for beginner and intermediate audiences on Monday, August 8, the day before the Energy Exchange. These in-depth sessions bring additional value to the Energy Exchange experience. Click on the session titles below for more information and to register for any of these six workshops:

DOE and National Laboratory Staff: To control event costs, the event is invitation-only for DOE-funded attendees. If you are invited, in order to attend pre-conference workshops on August 8, you must adjust travel dates and times to ensure that your travel costs stay within the approved amount.


News 

Calling all Technology Innovators 

Learn about JUMP, an online community seeking your input for technology innovation. The FEMP JUMP Call for Innovation is intended to identify near commercialization or newly commercialized innovative energy saving technologies that are currently underutilized in the federal building space. The technology areas open to the JUMP Call are limited to lighting and/or lighting controls, and packaged HVAC and/or HVAC control systems. Commercialization efforts of qualifying technologies would benefit from analysis and verification by an accredited third party with building technologies expertise.

The winning idea will receive funding up to $50,000 awarded directly to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) by the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for ORNL to validate, evaluate, and analyze the winning technology and its potential energy savings impact in federal buildings. ORNL would then produce a case study report documenting the analysis results and, if results are favorable, it could be used to promote the technology among federal buildings. Read below to find out more about the upcoming informational webinar on how to get involved. 

Spring FUPWG Wrap-Up

On May 18-19, FEMP co-hosted the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar with Duke Energy in Cincinnati, Ohio. The seminar covered energy resilience, utility energy services contract best practices, installation/campus energy planning, lighting initiatives, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and eProjectBuilder case studies, and a water management session focusing on the challenges of evaporative cooling systems. Mark A. Correll, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure, shared information on the Air Force’s newly released energy plan, and asked the utilities to partner with the Air Force to help achieve its energy efficiency and renewable energy goals. FEMP's Director, Dr. Timothy Unruh, presented a Washington update session to the 210 seminar attendees, which included federal, utility, and laboratory representatives. Presentations from the meeting are available on the FUPWG website. Puget Sound Energy will be hosting the next FUPWG Seminar, November 2-3 in Bellevue, Washington. Details will be posted on the website soon. 

2016 AFFECT Funding Opportunity Announcement Issued - Letters of Intent Due June 27

On May 26, 2016, FEMP issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on the EERE Exchange titled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2016."

The AFFECT FOA (DE-FOA-0001574) will provide grants to federal agencies to establish a program that provides an effective agency process to utilize the ENABLE-ESPC and for subsequently applying the process to identified energy savings projects. The ENABLE contract is a streamlined energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for small sites that is limited to the following five types of energy conservation measures: lighting; water; controls for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); replacement of HVAC equipment and solar photovoltaics (PV). The anticipated total funding level for AFFECT is $3.0 million, with anticipated funding per award to be between approximately $200,000 and $1 million.

Letters of intent (LOI) are due by June 27, 2016, and full applications are due by July 27, 2016. Applicants must submit a LOI to be eligible to submit a full application. To apply to AFFECT, applicants must register with and submit application materials through the EERE Exchange. Send direct questions regarding this FOA to FOA.AFFECT3@ee.doe.gov.

Updated information will be posted on the AFFECT page on FEMP's website as it becomes available. 

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Upcoming Webcasts

June 21, 2016

JUMP Call for Innovation

During this webinar, attendees will learn all about the JUMP FEMP Call for Innovation as well as how to participate in it. JUMP is an online community seeking your input for technology innovation. The FEMP JUMP Call for Innovation is intended to identify near commercialization or newly commercialized innovative energy saving technologies that are currently underutilized in the federal building space.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training. 

June 22, 2016 

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract

This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy- and water-savings projects. Participants will be walked through the typical project process, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include introducing participants to utility energy service contracting and help them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.

June 22 and July 13, 2016

eProject Builder Demonstrations

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present two (identical) introduction/demonstration sessions on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that will be required as part of DOE next set of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will be offered access to a test site to let them experiment with the system before making any decision about using it for actual projects. The available dates and times are:

  • Wednesday, June 22nd, 1:00-2:30pm EDT
  • Wednesday July 13th, 1:00-2:30pm EDT

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "participant code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260, access code 4952370 (same as the participant code). If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail LBNL's Estuart@lbl.gov.

June 23, 2016

Just in Time ESPC Webinars Session 2: The Critical Path to Success

This webinar features experienced energy savings performance contract (ESPC) team members in a live question-and-answer period following a prerecorded webinar. Session 2 of the three-session webinar series can help Federal agencies meet Presidential Performance Contracting Challenge milestones for evaluating proposals and negotiating and awarding high-quality, on-time ESPC task orders.

This session is intended for team members involved in evaluating the technical aspects of an ESPC proposal and for people who need to know how task order elements affect the contracted guarantees.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training.

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On Demand eTraining

FEMP offers self-paced on-demand eTraining courses and First Thursday webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP now offers ten distinct Certificate Series to supplement learners' on-site experience with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Each series provides a set of related accredited courses that, when completed together, offer comprehensive instruction on timely topics and CEUs.

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings and Certificate Series.

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2016-06-01
Description:

FEMP Digest For the week of May 30, 2016

New FEMP Funding Opportunity - AFFECT 2016

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2016 AFFECT FOA Issued

On May 26, 2016, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on the EERE Exchange titled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2016."

The AFFECT FOA (DE-FOA-0001574) will provide grants to federal agencies to establish a program that provides an effective agency process to utilize the ENABLE-ESPC and for subsequently applying the process to identified energy savings projects. The ENABLE contract is a streamlined energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for small sites that is limited to the following five types of energy conservation measures: lighting; water; controls for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); replacement of HVAC equipment and solar photovoltaics (PV). The anticipated total funding level for AFFECT is $3.0 million, with anticipated funding per award to be between approximately $200,000 and $1 million.

Letters of intent (LOI) are due by June 27, 2016, and full applications are due by July 27, 2016. Applicants must submit a LOI to be eligible to submit a full application. To apply to AFFECT, applicants must register with and submit application materials through the EERE Exchange. Send direct questions regarding this FOA to FOA.AFFECT3@ee.doe.gov.

Updated information will be posted on the AFFECT page on FEMP's website as it becomes available. An informational webinar on the AFFECT FOA will be held on June 8, 2016. Click here to register for the webinar.

 


News

2016 Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings Updates Crosswalks: Existing Buildings and New Construction and Modernization

To assist agencies with the transition between the 2008 Guiding Principles and the updated 2016 Guiding Principles, FEMP developed two crosswalk guidance documents to explain and highlight the differences between the 2016 and 2008 versions of the Guiding Principles for existing buildings and for new construction and modernization.

The crosswalks are based on the evaluation criteria included in the Guiding Principles compliance document  and provide an overall comparison of the major scoring and applicability changes between the two versions. They walk through each of the 2016 Guiding Principles and highlight major changes or significant new requirements.

Full Scale Cyber-Secure Microgrid Demonstration Completed

The SPIDERS (Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security) JCTD (Joint Capability Technology Demonstration) team recently completed a full scale operational demonstration of hardware and control system technology for cyber-secure microgrids. In recognition of this achievement, the SPIDERS project was recognized with the "Team of the Year" award by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

SPIDERS JCTD was a four year, three phase effort to demonstrate a cyber secure microgrid with integration of smart grid technologies, distributed and renewable generation, and energy storage on military installations for enhanced mission assurance. The interagency effort was led by the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, including support from the Department of Homeland Security and individual military services (Army, Marines, and Navy). Key goals of the SPIDERS JCTD were to demonstrate the ability to protect, sustain, integrate, and manage secure energy systems. To find more information on SPIDERS, including details on the three project phases and the Technology Transition Final Public Report, visit the FEMP website.

New First Thursday Seminar: Federal Thought Leaders Roundtable

The U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will present a new First Thursday Seminar on June 2, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Federal Thought Leaders Roundtable

FEMP Director, Timothy Unruh, will facilitate a roundtable discussion among senior agency officials on cutting-edge topics related to federal sustainability goals, policy, and initiatives. Panelists will review innovative project case studies, and share insights and strategies for replicating them.

The 90-minute training is free of charge, but advanced registration is required to obtain an Internet URL for the presentation. Registration for the broadcast will close on June 1, 2016.

 

For more information, visit the FEMP Training page.

 

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June 9, 2016

Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

This webinar will teach federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the Sustainable Buildings Checklist in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to help them comply with the 2008 Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514.

This webinar includes updates related to the release of the 2016 Guiding Principles, which allows the 2008 Guiding Principles to be used for existing buildings through September 30, 2017, “where agencies already have taken a significant action and made substantial progress” toward meeting sustainability goals.”

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training

June 22, 2016

Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract

This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost effective energy- and water-savings projects. Participants will be walked through the typical project process, from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. Highlights include introducing participants to utility energy service contracting and help them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training

June 22 and July 13, 2016

eProject Builder Demonstrations

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present two (identical) introduction/demonstration sessions on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that will be required as part of DOE next set of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will be offered access to a test site to let them experiment with the system before making any decision about using it for actual projects. The available dates and times are:

  • Wednesday, June 22nd, 1:00-2:30pm EDT
  • Wednesday July 13th, 1:00-2:30pm EDT

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "participant code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260, access code 4952370 (same as the participant code). If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail LBNL's Estuart@lbl.gov.

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Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training

June 8-10, New York, NY

The Executive Order 13693 “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade” obliges Federal agencies to assign a certified Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) to manage data center energy performance and continued optimization. The training prepares attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of HVAC, electrical, and IT systems, including the use of software tools. Certification requires passing a written examination. 

For more information about the training, including tuition and fees, please visit DOE’s Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. The cost of tuition for the training is paid directly to the training organizations.

Energy Exchange 2016

August 9-11, Providence, RI

Mark your calendars for Energy Exchange 2016! From August 9-11 in Providence, Rhode Island, federal personnel from across civilian agencies and the military along with the private sector will come together for 2 1/2 days of training sessions on funding, designing, and operating energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the federal government. Continuing education units will be offered for the majority of the training sessions currently being planned.

For more information on the training tracks, costs, or the tradeshow and to register, visit the Energy Exchange website. Please note: to control event costs, the event is invitation-only for DOE-funded attendees. 

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On Demand eTraining

FEMP offers self-paced on-demand eTraining courses and First Thursday webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP now offers ten distinct Certificate Series to supplement learners' on-site experience with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Each series provides a set of related accredited courses that, when completed together, offer comprehensive instruction on timely topics and CEUs.

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings and Certificate Series.

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2016-05-12
Description:

FEMP Digest For the week of May 9, 2016

New First Thursday Seminar - Federal Thought Leaders Roundtable 

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FEMP Releases New First Thursday Seminar Featuring Federal Leaders

June 2, 2016 

The U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will present a new First Thursday Seminar on June 2, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Federal Thought Leaders Roundtable

FEMP Director, Timothy Unruh, will facilitate a roundtable discussion among senior agency officials on cutting-edge topics related to federal sustainability goals, policy, and initiatives. Panelists will review innovative project case studies, and share insights and strategies for replicating them.

This course will help learners to:

  • Recognize opportunities for deep energy retrofits funded through an energy savings performance contact (ESPC)  
  • Assess high-performance energy, water, and materials systems and integrated technologies
  • Identify smart building automation systems that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions

The panelists for this First Thursday Seminar are Dr. Timothy Unruh, Director of the Federal Energy Management Program, Christine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Kevin Kampschroer, Chief Sustainability Officer at the General Services Administration, and Lisa A. Jung, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installation Energy within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment.  

First Thursday Seminars are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but are open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Courses are hosted in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences Whole Building Design Guide. After completing a course evaluation and multiple-choice assessment, participants will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for continuing education units.  

 

The 90-minute training is free of charge, but advanced registration is required to obtain an Internet URL for the presentation. Registration for the broadcast will close on June 1, 2016.

 

For more information, visit the FEMP Training page.

 


News 

Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Webinar Option: May 18 — 8:30am-12:15pm (Eastern)

The 2016 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar also will be offered as a webinar for those unable to attend in person. Participants will be able to view the presentations online while listening to the speakers live via conference call. This is a great opportunity to learn more about FUPWG and FEMP’s Utility Program. Utility contacts are also invited to participate and gain a better understanding of the benefits of becoming involved in FUPWG. The entire first morning of the FUPWG Seminar will be presented, including the following sessions:   

  • Duke Energy Welcome
  • Washington Update
  • Energy Resilience
  • UESC Best Practices
    • ESCO Vetting
    • ECM Selection
    • Commissioning
  • Agency Update – General Services Administration

Please register here for the FUPWG webinar option. All confirmed registrants will receive an email with detailed instructions prior to the webinar. For more information, please visit the 2016 Spring FUPWG website.

Interior Lighting Campaign: New Web Page for Federal Entities

The Interior Lighting Campaign, a recognition and guidance initiative to support increased uptake of high efficiency lighting and controls systems, recently released a customized web page for federal users. This new web page highlights the benefits of participation, current federal participants, and federal resources including federal product efficiency requirements for troffer lighting systems, case studies, and webinars.

Lighting system upgrades often represent some of the easiest, most cost-effective energy-saving opportunities for federal agencies to achieve their energy efficiency goals. If your site has completed or is planning to complete a high efficiency troffer lighting upgrade by May 2018, show your commitment to energy savings by joining the Campaign. There is no cost or obligation. If you aren’t sure whether a high efficiency troffer lighting upgrade is right for your site(s), let us know. Technical assistance is available from FEMP. Contact Linda Sandahl for more information.

Get Fleet Management Training at Energy Exchange

New and experienced federal fleet managers alike can learn about the latest fleet-related federal mandates and greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies at Energy Exchange 2016, to be held August 9–11 in Providence, Rhode Island. FEMP and GSA will present a federal fleet training track with topics ranging from electric vehicles to data reporting to the vehicle allocation methodology process.

Federal fleet training topics at Energy Exchange include:

  • E.O. 13693, EPAct, and other federal fleet sustainability programs
  • Electric vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment: Intro to zero emission vehicle metrics, targets, exempted vehicles, and greenhouse gas metrics and targets
  • Management information systems: Moving to asset-level data
  • FAST agency administrator training
  • Fleet Sustainability Dashboard (FleetDASH) capabilities
  • Fleet data analytics tools
  • The future of the vehicle allocation methodology process

For more information on training tracks and event registration, visit the Energy Exchange website.

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Upcoming Webcasts

May 19, 2016

eProject Builder Demonstrations

FEMP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder, the ESPC project tracking and database system that will be required as part of DOE next set of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The sessions will be interactive, with both a call-in phone line and webinar portion. While all are welcome, the training will be particularly valuable for energy service companies and federal representatives involved in projects that have chosen the energy service company (ESCO) and are in preliminary assessment or investment grade audit stage of their projects. Participants will be offered access to a test site to let them experiment with the system before making any decision about using it for actual projects.

To participate in the session, you will need to log in to www.readytalk.com with "participant code" 4952370 shortly before the start of the webinar. The call-in line is 866-740-1260, access code 4952370 (same as the participant code). If you would like further information on the sessions or to receive a calendar invitation, please e-mail LBNL's Estuart@lbl.gov.

May 25, 2016

Introduction to Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs)

This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will walk through the steps of the typical project process from the audit phase to commissioning the equipment. The webinar introduces participants to UESCs and helps them determine if this alternative financing opportunity is right for them. It also provides them with information about a variety of no-cost resources available to them to support their UESC project efforts through FEMP and the General Services Administration’s area-wide contract program.

Please follow the link to register for this webcast training

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Conferences and In-Person Training Opportunities

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training

June 8-10, New York, NY

The Executive Order 13693 “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade” obliges Federal agencies to assign a certified Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) to manage data center energy performance and continued optimization. The training prepares attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of HVAC, electrical, and IT systems, including the use of software tools. Certification requires passing a written examination. 

For more information about the training, including tuition and fees, please visit DOE’s Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. The cost of tuition for the training is paid directly to the training organizations.

Energy Exchange 2016

August 9-11, Providence, RI

Mark your calendars for Energy Exchange 2016! From August 9-11 in Providence, Rhode Island, federal personnel from across civilian agencies and the military along with the private sector will come together for 2 1/2 days of training sessions on funding, designing, and operating energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the federal government. Continuing education units will be offered for the majority of the training sessions currently being planned.

For more information on the training tracks, costs, or the tradeshow and to register, visit the Energy Exchange website. Please note: to control event costs, the event is invitation-only for DOE-funded attendees. 

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On Demand eTraining

FEMP offers self-paced on-demand eTraining courses and First Thursday webinars to help federal agency personnel develop core competencies and comply with energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and sustainability requirements. Certified FEMP trainings award continuing education units (CEUs).

FEMP now offers ten distinct Certificate Series to supplement learners' on-site experience with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Each series provides a set of related accredited courses that, when completed together, offer comprehensive instruction on timely topics and CEUs.

FEMP Training courses are designed for federal energy and facility managers, but open to all individuals through the FEMP Training Search. Visit FEMP's Training site for a complete list of training offerings and Certificate Series.

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2016-04-14
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FEMP First Thursday Update on Energy Exchange

FTUEE2016

The U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will host a new First Thursday Update webinar on May 5, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 2016 Energy Exchange Update.

This First Thursday Update will provide news about the 2016 Energy Exchange, which will be held on August 9-11, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island. The broadcast will provide the latest information on registration, learning tracks, session topics, session speakers, plenary sessions, workshops, CEUs,