FEMP Digest: Register for ESPC Three-day Training Workshop

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April 26, 2018

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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 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.


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.

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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