FEMP Digest: Celebrate Energy Action Month!

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Federal Energy Management Program

October 12, 2017

2017 Energy Action Month Poster

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.


Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and FEMP to Release Hydrogen Safety Training Resource Updates

FCTO and FEMP are developing a hydrogen training resource focused on fuel cell electric vehicle technology and how it can be utilized for federal fleets. Fueling infrastructure options and safety considerations are also included in the training. This release is part of a collaboration intended to provide agencies and organizations with the information and tools needed to assist in the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The training is based on material presented at FEMP's Energy Exchange 2017 and extensive hydrogen safety work done by both Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The training will be available later this fall 2017 on FEMP's training website

New REopt Lite Tool Allows Building Owners to Optimize PV and Battery System Sizes

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) beta version of the new REopt Lite web tool helps building owners evaluate the economics of grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage at commercial sites. By identifying the optimal PV and battery system sizes and dispatch strategy, REopt Lite can minimize the life cycle cost of energy at a specific site and is also capable of estimating the amount of time a PV and battery system can sustain the site's critical load during a grid outage.

Available at no cost to users, REopt Lite is a web version of NREL’s more comprehensive REopt model, used by NREL analysts to conduct project feasibility analysis for federal agencies, military installations, businesses, campuses, and communities. REopt Lite provides access to a subset of REopt’s full capabilities, while allowing a broader audience to run their own site-specific, optimized, and integrated renewable energy decision analysis in order to accelerate renewable energy and storage project development and deployment. Visit the REopt Projects website to learn more about REopt case studies.

Visit REopt Lite to try the tool, send feedback, and subscribe to email updates, or visit FEMP's website to learn more.

FEMP Announces New Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) Webinar Dates

Utility Energy Service Contracts Training for Utility Representatives
October 18, 2017 (11:00am – 1:00pm EDT)
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.  
Introduction to UESCs Webinar
November 29, 2017 (11:00am - 12:30pm EST)
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.
Placing UESC Task Orders under the GSA Areawide Contract Webinar
December 13, 2017 (11:00am - 1:00pm EST)

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.

How to Register

Visit FEMP Central to register for any or all of these upcoming UESC webinars. All registrants will receive detailed instructions on how to log on to the webinar two days before the session. For more information contact Matt Roney at mroney@alleghenyst.com.

More Upcoming Webcasts

eProject Builder Demonstration

Live Webinars: October 18 and November 8, 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:

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2:00-3:30 EDT
  • Wednesday, November 8, 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. 

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 

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 webpageNote, the hotel reservation cut-off date is October 14, 2017!

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.


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