FEMP Digest: Call for FEDS Spotlight Recognition

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March 29, 2018

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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.


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 Energy Exchange Better Buildings

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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