FEMP Digest: October is Energy Awareness Month

FEMP Digest - October 2019
ENERGY.GOV - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Federal Energy Management Program

October 8, 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.

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

Act Now!

✔ Read our new fact sheet: Investment Tax Credit Requirements for Privately Owned Solar Photovoltaic Systems on Federal Sites and our new energy savings performance contract (ESPC) energy sales agreement (ESA) case study: Energy Affordability at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

✔ Register for the upcoming Fall FUPWG Seminar and Electric Vehicle (EV) Site Assessment Training (read more below).

FEMP Focus

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

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FEMP's 2019 Energy Awareness Month Poster is Now Available

Celebrate Energy Awareness Month with FEMP's 2019 poster that promotes strengthening the resilience of federal infrastructure by optimizing the energy efficiency of federal operations and enhancing cybersecurity. Visit FEMP's Energy Awareness Month webpage to download the poster and find resources to help build awareness at your facility. Also explore FEMP's website for training, tools, and services that can help you achieve energy resiliency and maximize savings.

FEMP Wins Top Award for Continuing Education and Training

FEMP was recently awarded the International Association of Continuing Education and Training’s (IACET) 2019 Exemplar Training Organization Award—IACET’s most prestigious award. It honors exemplary, results-oriented programs or projects that demonstrate cost-effective, significant and relevant impact on the populations served. FEMP won the award for demonstrating its outstanding efforts to enhance the skills and agility of the federal energy management workforce, as well as expand private and educational institutions’ competencies. The award also recognizes FEMP for promoting economic development from increased efficiency through better management; promulgating affordable, replicable solutions; developing training designed for the way people learn; and connecting FEMP with stakeholders for their valuable feedback. Read more.


Register Now for the Fall FUPWG Seminar

Register now for the Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar, which will be hosted by FEMP and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) on November 7–8, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The FUPWG seminar is held twice per year to share best practices, success stories, case studies, information about FEMP activities, and other business. Continuing Education Units will be offered for professional stakeholders that hold licenses and certifications that require continuing education. The event will be held at the United States Navy Memorial, and attendees are encouraged to secure hotel reservations as soon as possible since no room block is associated with this event. View the agenda and visit the seminar webpage for more information.

Save the Dates for FEMP's Re-Tuning Challenge Workshops

Re-tuning is proven to be a cost-effective method for identifying savings opportunities through the building automation system (BAS). Completed facility re-tunings have resulted in a 5 to 25% savings with a simple payback of 0.3 to 3.5 years. These on-site workshops provide insights into re-tuning principles and instruct practitioners on how to apply the re-tuning approach. This includes the use of interval metered data and BAS trend data to uncover potential opportunities, and a checklist approach to evaluating building energy systems for best practice controls. Registration will open soon for FEMP's re-tuning challenge workshops in the following locations:

  • Tuesday, October 15 - Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Arraj U.S. Courthouse in Denver, CO (SESSION FULL)
  • Tuesday, October 29 - Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Monday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA

For more information visit the website, or contact Nael Nmair or FEMPRetuningChallenge@pnnl.gov

Register for Upcoming Electric Vehicle Site Assessment Training

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is holding a regional training session on Monday, November 18, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. The training, offered at no charge to attendees, is designed to provide fleet managers, fleet coordinators, and facility managers with the skills and knowledge to become subject matter experts in electric vehicle (EV) implementation. This one-day training serves as an introduction to electric vehicle technology and considerations for  electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installation. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to select the best EVs for their fleet, as well as plan and install the necessary EVSE to serve the needs of these new vehicles. Click here for more information and to register.

FEMP to Offer Comprehensive ESPC Training in Portland

Save the date for an upcoming ESPC training scheduled for December 3-5, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The three-day training course will educate attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an ESPC. Training sessions will cover task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy and water resilience, risk and responsibility, measurement and verification, pricing and financing, and post award contract administration. This workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of the ESPC process for anyone at the beginning of acquisition planning and considering the ESPC approach or already underway with a project. Registration is open to federal, DOE National Laboratory, and state and local government employees. Others may be considered on a case by case basis.

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.

  • Rainwater Harvesting Tool: Spreadsheet estimates how much monthly rainfall can be harvested from rooftops or other hard surfaces..

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: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Strategic Energy Management with 50001 Ready: How and Why to Pursue an Energy Management System

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 2-3:00 p.m. EDT

ONSITE: Federal/Utility Strategic Partnership UESC Training - TECO Energy

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Tampa, FL

ONSITE: Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contract Training

Tuesday, November 5 – Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in Washington, D.C. 

ONSITE: 2019 Fall Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar

Thursday, November 7 – Friday, November 8, 2019 in Washington, D.C. 

ONSITE: Electric Vehicle Site Assessment Training 

Monday, November 18, 2019 in Columbus, OH


Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 2–3:30 p.m. EST

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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