FEMP Digest: 2018 Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit Tracks Announced!

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April 12, 2018

2018 Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit Tracks and Themes

2018 Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit Training Themes and Tracks Announced!

Energy Exchange 2017 offered more than 18,000 hours of training. With this year's combined Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit, there are more choices and a greater variety of sessions available.

The six major training themes and 23 tracks for the Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit 2018 were recently announced. See which tracks will contain CEU qualified sessions, and get your first look at the Department of Energy's premiere training event by visiting the Training section of the Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit website.

Save on Registration

Registration for the Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit 2018 is open, but if you want to save, register early for discounted rates!  Early bird registration ends June 15th.  Register now to attend the Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit 2018.

For more information, visit the Energy Exchange | Better Buildings website, and watch for updates on speakers and training sessions in the coming weeks.


PNNL Releases Report on Energy Performance Contracting Recommendations for China’s Public Sector 

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently released a new report that may be helpful to U.S. energy service companies and technology providers who are looking for market opportunities and trying to better understand the public sector in China. Since the introduction of energy performance contracting in China in 1998, the Chinese market has grown rapidly, but mainly in the industrial sector. Recognizing the great savings potential in the public sector, the Chinese government is now exploring several policy revisions to encourage retrofits and energy performance contracts. The report draws on examples from the U.S. federal and state governments and an analysis of the situation in China to provide recommendations and options on implementing current Chinese goals and plans to scale up energy performance contracts in China's public sector. Read the report.

Upcoming Webcasts

eProject Builder Demonstrations

Live Introductory Webinars: April 19 and May 22, 2018 
*NEW* Live Advanced Webinar: May 9, 2018

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will present an introduction/demonstration session on eProject Builder (ePB), the energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project tracking and database system that is required as part of the Department of Energy's (DOE) indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (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:

  • Thursday, April 19, 3:00-4:30pm EDT
  • Tuesday, May 22, 3:00-4:30pm 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, 2:00-3:30pm 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.  

Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) Training for Utility Representatives

Live Webinar: April 25, 2018 

This webinar covers Utility Energy Service Contracts (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. Click here to register, or for more information contact Matt Roney at mroney@alleghenyst.com

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.

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 - SOLD OUT

April 19-20, 2018 
Nashville, Tennessee

Due to a record breaking turnout, registration for the Spring FUPWG Seminar is now closed to everyone except federal attendees still waiting on travel approvals. In addition, we will only be able to accommodate onsite registration for federal attendees. All presentations from the seminar will be posted on the FUPWG webpage in early June. Plan early to attend the 2018 Fall FUPWG seminar, which will be held November 7-8 in Herndon, Virginia, located near Dulles Airport. Details will be posted soon on the FUPWG webpage.

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 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 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 workshopRegistration 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, 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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