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Federal Energy Management Program Update


November 05, 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 utility energy service contracts (UESC) case study, Holistic Energy Management Yields Cost Savings and Resilience Benefits for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and our new energy savings performance contract (ESPC) energy sales agreement (ESA) case study, Energy Affordability at the Drug Enforcement Administration.

✔ Register for upcoming on-site workshops: Electric Vehicle Site Assessment TrainingRe-Tuning Workshop, and Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Three-Day 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. 

Lab Benchmarking Tool Launches New Feature to Link Portfolio Manager Data

The Lab Benchmarking Tool (LBT) has a new feature that allows users to create a link between their LBT buildings and the buildings in their ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® accounts. Users can then transfer energy data directly from ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to the LBT, so they don’t have to enter it twice. The LBT can also automatically download energy data in future years so their LBT data stays up to date. For more details, visit: https://lbt.i2sl.org/energy-star.

Energy-Efficient Product Category Updates Now Available on FEMP Website

As part of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s support of FEMP’s Energy-Efficient Product Procurement program, the Lab recommends updates to a number of covered product categories on a bi-annual basis. The newest set of updates was recently published and pertains to several lighting categories, the laboratory refrigerators and freezers category, and many more. Visit FEMP’s Energy-Efficient Covered Products page to find the most up-to-date compliance information for these product categories. Sign up to receive updates from Berkeley Lab about upcoming product category updates and other energy-efficient product procurement research news!

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 Gahanna, 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 Offers Last Re-Tuning Workshop of 2019 

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. In 2019 FEMP held several on-site workshops to 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. FEMP is planning for additional workshops in 2020, but the last 2019 workshop will be held November 18–20, 2019, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Register now!

FEMP Offers Comprehensive ESPC Training in Portland

Register now for FEMP’s in-person ESPC training scheduled for December 3–5, 2019, in Portland, Oregon. The three-day workshop 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. The 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.

  • Advanced HVAC in High-Tech Buildings—Data Centers: Covers methods for reducing the energy intensity of data centers by utilizing server-virtualization, optimizing data center temperature, selecting energy-efficient cooling options, arranging server racks and aisles, and more.

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, November 14, 2019, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

ON-SITE: Electric Vehicle Site Assessment Training 

Monday, November 18, 2019, in Gahanna, OH

ON-SITE: FEMP Re-Tuning Workshop

Monday, November 18–Wednesday, November 20, 2019, in Pasadena, CA

ON-SITE: Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Three-Day Training Workshop

Tuesday, December 3–Thursday, December 5, 2019 in Portland, OR 

WEBINAR: Utility Energy Service Contract Training for Energy Service Companies

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 1–2:00 p.m. EST

WEBINAR: Designing And Managing Data Centers For Resilience: Demand Response And Microgrids

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


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

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Advanced)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 34:15 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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