FEMP Digest: New ESPC ESA Webinar Series

FEMP Digest - December 2018
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Federal Energy Management Program

December 17, 2018

The FEMP Digest provides a roundup of the latest offerings, news, and events available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous FEMP Digests, visit the Archived Digest webpage on the FEMP website.

Act Now!

✔ Register for the Prioritizing Laboratories to Meet Your Energy Goal webinar, focusing on DOE’s Smart Labs Accelerator Program and the first steps for incorporating Smart Labs methodology into your organization's current management plan. This webinar will be held on January 8, 2019 and is part of DOE's Better Buildings Webinar Series

✔ The Office of Management and Budget is updating and extending the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI), which set priorities for data center consolidation and efficiency improvements for another two years. The draft policy is open for public feedback and comment. Comments will be accepted through December 26, 2018.

✔ Earn continuing education units (CEUs) and increase your expertise in one or more areas of federal energy management. Browse FEMP's training catalog for the latest live and on-demand course offerings!

FEMP Focus

See what we are featuring from FEMP this month! Click on the links below to find out more about these FEMP updates.

FEMP Offers NEW Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreements (ESPC ESA) Webinar Series

FEMP is launching a four-part webinar series, ESPC ESAs: A New Way of Financing On-Site Renewable Energy. A live webinar will occur quarterly, starting in January 2019, and address various topics on financing and implementing on-site renewable energy projects that have the ability to benefit from tax incentives before they decrease. Each webinar will include project implementation best practices, resources, and Q&A. Registration for the first webinar will be available soon. 

FEMP Releases Water Evaluation Tool

FEMP released a new Water Evaluation Data Tool, which provides a method for collecting comprehensive water data during a building and campus walk-through survey. The tool helps energy and water managers obtain data about water end-uses, providing the necessary information to estimate water consumption, develop a water balance, and identify future water-efficiency measures to complete comprehensive water evaluations. Visit FEMP's website for more information, and to download the handbook and accompanying summary workbook.

Berkeley Lab Wins 2018 R&D 100 Award for eProject Builder

DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) won a 2018 R&D 100 Award for eProject Builder (ePB)a secure, web-based data management tool developed with funding from FEMP and DOE's Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs. ePB is the only nationwide system that standardizes the collection and tracking of information for energy and water retrofit projects implemented by energy service companies (ESCOs), and it enables the facilities and ESCOs to preserve, analyze, and track their energy project data. Read about DOE's R&D 100 Award winners, view LBNL's announcement, and learn more about eProject Builder.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Joins the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator

Laboratories are typically three to four times more energy intensive than an average commercial building and are a key focal area for energy management strategies. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) recently joined the Better Buildings Smart Lab Accelerator and committed to reducing energy use in their laboratory buildings by at least 20% over the next 10 years. JPL is one of seven federal partners to commit to this goal. Visit FEMP’s website to see a map of all the partners and learn more about becoming a Smart Labs Accelerator partner today.

Liquid Cooled Rack Working Group Initiative Merges with Open Compute Project

FEMP and LBNL's Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers has combined its previous working group efforts to develop a liquid cooled rack specification with the Open Compute Project's Advanced Cooling Solutions project. The goal of the project is to develop a liquid cooled rack specification that could accommodate multiple vendors and provide a reusable infrastructure for multiple refresh cycles with a variety of liquid cooled servers/suppliers. Learn more about the project, its progress, and ways to get involved.

Featured FEMP Tools and Training

Did you know that FEMP offers a range of free on-demand training sessions and tools to support federal agencies’ energy reduction efforts, including software, data sets, and databases? Each month, FEMP will spotlight a few of these resources that are available to all.

  • Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) ToolsThese scoping tools are designed for data center owners and operators to diagnose how energy use is distributed in their data center and determine ways to save energy and money.
  • Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) CalculatorThis simple calculator for utility-scale and distributed-generation renewable energy technologies compares the combination of capital costs, operations and maintenance, performance, and fuel costs.
  • Water Management Basics: This on-demand training course provides federal personnel with a concise introduction to federal water management.

Access FEMP’s Training Search and full catalog of tools.

Upcoming Events

Check out and register for upcoming online and in-person training events developed and offered by FEMP. Click on the links to find out more and register today.

WEBINAR: Prioritizing Laboratories to Meet Your Energy Goal

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 3 - 4:00 p.m. EST

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EST

IN-PERSON: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training 

Wednesday-Friday, January 23-25, 2018 in San Francisco, California 

Interested in more training events? View FEMP's Training Calendar to see all of FEMP’s scheduled webinar sessions and in-person trainings.


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