FEMP Digest: New Laboratory Benchmarking Tool Launched

FEMP Digest - March 2019
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Federal Energy Management Program

March 19, 2019

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.

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✔ Register now for Energy Exchange and other upcoming FEMP-sponsored training and events. Read below and visit FEMP's training catalog.

✔ Learn about FEMP’s Federal Investment Highlights series, which presents the impact of investments resulting from energy and/or water efficiency and distributed generation improvements to federal infrastructure within a state.

✔ Check out FEMP's new fact sheet on the benefits of energy savings performance contract energy sales agreements (ESPC ESAs), a project structure that uses the multiyear ESPC authority to implement renewable energy projects on federal buildings or land. 

Submit a nomination for a 2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Award by April 30, 2019. Register here for the final informational webinar at 1:30 pm EDT on April 4, 2019, covering the awards criteria and online portal.

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 Launches New Laboratory Benchmarking Tool

FEMP is excited to announce the launch of the Laboratory Benchmarking Tool (LBT). The LBT provides expanded access to the historical Labs21 dataset via a completely revamped user interface, along with many new and reconfigured data fields designed to meet the needs of today’s lab community. The tool has a peer-comparison dataset of more than 750 laboratory buildings—the largest publicly available dataset of laboratory energy use. Use it to benchmark your lab's energy use today! The tool was developed in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) and can be accessed at lbt.i2sl.org.

FEMP to Initiate Re-tuning Challenge

Re-tuning is an effective, low-cost, and relatively easy method for reducing building energy use, primarily accomplished through building automation system controls. It has been verified to produce energy savings ranging from 5-25% at federal sites. FEMP is launching a Re-tuning Challenge to provide selected federal agencies the opportunity to enhance their energy management program by re-tuning one of their buildings, receiving on-site training, and applying the training to other buildings in their portfolio. Also, agencies that do not want to commit a building to be re-tuned may have the option to travel to a host-selected site to partake in the training.

FEMP will hold a webinar for federal site personnel on Thursday, April 4, 2019 to review the Re-tuning Challenge and steps on how to participate. Click here to register.

FEMP Offers New Utility Energy Service Contract Training for ESCOs 

FEMP will hold a newly developed webinar on April 4, 2019 to help energy service companies (ESCOs), along with their federal agency customers, better understand the utility energy service contract (UESC) project process and the important role they play on the UESC project team. Participants will also learn about resources and UESC project assistance available from FEMP. Best practices will be shared as well as information on how ESCOs can best support their utility partners to deliver excellent projects to the federal government. This webinar is open to all; register here.

Register Now and Reserve Your Hotel for the Spring FUPWG Seminar

Registration is now open for the 2019 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) seminar, which will be held May 2-3 in San Diego, California and hosted by FEMP and San Diego Gas & Electric. The seminar meets twice per year to share best practices, success stories, case studies, information on FEMP activities, and other business. The 2019 Spring FUPWG agenda is now posted on the FUPWG website. The hotel room block may sell out before the cut-off date of March 29, so make your reservations as soon as possible! Hotel reservation links and other information can be found on the seminar webpage 

A Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) contract training will be held April 30-May 1 in conjunction with FUPWG. Visit the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) website for details and to register.

FEMP Announces Call for 2019 FEDS Spotlight Nominees

FEMP invites agencies to nominate federal employees working to implement exceptional projects and programs that lead to replicable, cost-effective, and resilient energy and water solutions. FEMP's FEDS Spotlight will recognize these champions at the closing plenary session of the 2019 Energy Exchange, being held in Denver, Colorado from August 20-22, 2019. Participating agencies are eligible to nominate up to three federal employees meeting one or more criteria described in the template guidance. All nominations must submitted to FEMP through the agency's headquarters level point of contact by May 17, 2019. Please visit FEMP's website for more information. 

TECO Energy Federal/Utility Partnership Meeting Scheduled

TECO Energy and FEMP are helping federal agencies improve facility operations, upgrade infrastructure, improve resilience, and save taxpayer dollars by offering partnership opportunities through UESCs. A UESC, ideal for any size project, is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management services. Federal entities in the TECO Energy service territory are encouraged to attend this important training and partnering opportunity on June 19, 2019 in Tampa, Florida, conducted by FEMP representatives. Visit the WBDG website for details and registration. 

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.

  • FleetDASH: Encourages fleet managers to increase alternative fuel utilization by tracking missed opportunities to use alternative fuel in dual-fuel vehicles.
  • Data Center Energy Efficiency: Cooling Systems: Part of an on-demand training series that presents energy efficient best practices in data centers, this course discusses opportunities such as optimizing traditional cooling systems, moving to liquid cooling systems, utilizing free cooling, and correcting humidity controls.

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: Introduction to 50001 Ready and Navigator

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 2-2:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Advanced)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

ONSITE: Energy Savings Performance Contracting Three-Day Training Workshop

Tuesday-Thursday, March 26-28, 2019 in Huntsville, AL

WEBINAR: FEMP Re-tuning Challenge

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 1-2:00 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Utility Energy Service Contract Training for ESCOs 

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 1-3:00 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training 

Tuesday-Thursday, April 23-25, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday-Friday, April 24-26, 2019 in San Francisco, CA

ONSITE: Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract Training 

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30-May 1, 2019 in San Diego, CA

ONSITE: 2019 Spring FUPWG Seminar

Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2019 in San Diego, CA

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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