FEMP Digest: Executive Order 13834 - Efficient Federal Operations

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Federal Energy Management Program

May 30, 2018

NASA Johnson Space Center Combined Heat & Power (CHP)

DOE partnered with NASA's Johnson Space Center to launch a new combined heat and power plant.

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. 


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.

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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