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Federal Energy Management Program Update


December 04, 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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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 staff at 2019 Cloud and Infrastructure Summit

Rachel Shepherd with FEMP’s Data Center Program (left) and Ian Hoffman with the Center for Expertise on Energy Efficiency in Data Centers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (right) at the 2019 Cloud and Infrastructure Summit

FEMP Shares Energy Strategies for Data Centers at 2019 Cloud and Infrastructure Summit

On Monday, October 28, 2019, professionals from the federal government IT, procurement, and data centers gathered at the 2019 Cloud and Infrastructure Summit to address cloud and infrastructure challenges, opportunities for IT modernization, and best practices for data management. FEMP participated in the event by sharing energy strategies related to the updated Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-16-19 released in June 2019, including a new fact sheet from the Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers that outlines key Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) guidance that can assist with improved energy efficiency. 

To read more about the 2019 Cloud and Infrastructure Summit, see FEMP’s news story.

To learn more about energy efficiency strategies, check out Energy Efficiency Drivers in the Updated DCOI fact sheet.

DOE's Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Addresses the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group

On November 7-8, the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar returned to Washington, D.C. for the first time since 2003. To help mark the occasion, Alex Fitzsimmons, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency within DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), shared his insights on EERE priorities, emphasizing the importance of the federal-utility collaboration on display at FUPWG. Mr. Fitzsimmons highlighted FEMP’s vital role in developing stakeholder partnerships and helping bridge the gap between DOE's research and development of next-generation energy technologies and their deployment and validation in the field. He emphasized that these partnerships are key to enhancing U.S. energy security and competitiveness.

Hosted by Edison Electric Institute, the seminar featured sessions on resilience, microgrids, cybersecurity, utility energy service contracts (UESC) best practices, combined heat and power, and more. Duke Energy and the U.S. Marine Corps presented a case study on a successful $100 million UESC project at Camp Lejeune.

The 2020 Spring FUPWG Seminar is scheduled for May 6–7, 2020 in Houston, Texas and will be hosted by CenterPoint Energy. More details will be posted on the FUPWG website in February 2020.

FEMP's Smart Labs Team Meets with DOE National Labs at Argonne

On November 13–14, 2019, FEMP's Smart Labs team joined attendees from 10 DOE National Laboratories at Argonne National Laboratory to discuss Smart Labs practices and how to incorporate them across the DOE labs. Presentations topics included design characteristics of high-performance laboratory buildings, the laboratory ventilation risk assessment and control banding process, building analytics, and change management. Participants also discussed the challenges of implementing Smart Labs practices and brainstormed ideas for overcoming them. The Smart Labs team will be documenting lessons learned from the workshop and sharing best practices in an upcoming Smart Labs Toolkit. For more information, read FEMP's news story and visit the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator website for case studies, presentations, and more.

Learn about the Smart Labs Model: UCI’s 2020 Workshop

FEMP’s Smart Labs Program will participate in the University of California Irvine’s (UCI) 2020 Smart Labs Workshop on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The workshop will showcase UCI’s improved programmatic approach to designing, operating, and maintaining safe and efficient laboratories. What started as a series of retrofits and dashboards in 2008 is now a platform for environmental health and safety and facilities personnel to cohesively manage complex space. Tangible results that pay for the program include a greater than 50% reduction in lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) energy, longer equipment life, quieter lab zones, and fewer hot and cold calls. Federal agencies, universities, and other sectors are adopting this model with help from the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator. Space is limited; visit the event website for more information and to register.

New IT Equipment Specialist Module Added to DCEP Training Program

The Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program raises the quality of energy assessments in data centers by training qualified practitioners. Historically, this program has focused on generalist and HVAC-specific training for data centers. DCEP is now extending its training offerings with a new IT Equipment Specialist module. This module will focus on topics such as IT asset performance, controlling IT equipment energy usage, and winning approval and executing IT energy efficiency projects. Visit the Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers for more information about DCEP and the IT Equipment Specialist module. Upcoming training events include:

  • San Francisco on February 11–13, 2020 (Generalist + HVAC Specialist)
  • Washington D.C. on March 2–3, 2020 (IT Specialist + Generalist)
  • Washington D.C. on March 3–5, 2020 (Generalist + HVAC Specialist)
  • San Francisco on March 9–10, 2020 (Generalist + IT Specialist) 

FEMP Hosts 2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

FEMP recently presented its 39th annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. These annual awards honor federal personnel and highlight their outstanding achievements related to energy and water cost savings, optimized energy and water use, and distributed energy at our nation’s federal facilities. The awards were presented to 28 winning individuals and teams by FEMP Director Robert Ivester and Alex Fitzsimmons, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency within EERE. Guest speakers included James Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installation and Facilities) and Skip Vaughn, Director, Office of Facilities and Property Management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Learn more.

2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards photos

Joint Armed Forces Color Guard of the Military District of Washington (upper left); Robert Ivester, FEMP Director (lower left); Alex Fitzsimmons, EERE's Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency (upper right); and award winners from Naval Air Station Pensacola with James Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installation and Facilities (lower right)

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.

  • FEMP Case Studies Map: FEMP offers case studies featuring federal agencies that have successfully implemented project financing options and energy- and water-efficient measures and technologies into their buildings and operations.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging for Employee Vehicles and Agency Fleets: Describes technical and financial considerations involved in electric vehicle charging, legislation and Executive Orders impacts on agency electric vehicle acquisition, installation of electric vehicle supply equipment, and associated reporting requirements.

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.


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

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Advanced)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 3–4:15 p.m. EST

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Introductory)

Thursday, December 17, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. EST

ON-SITE: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program

Tuesday, February 11–Thursday, February 13, 2020 in San Francisco, CA

Monday, March 2–Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, March 3–Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Monday, March 9–Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in San Francisco, CA

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