FEMP Digest: FEMP Awards 2019 AFFECT Grants

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Federal Energy Management Program Update


January 16, 2020

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!

✔ In case you missed it, listen to and read about Federal News Network's interview with Daniel Simmons, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Lucian Niemeyer, acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment. The two discuss how FEMP works with federal agencies to achieve impressive energy savings in federal facilities using energy savings performance contracts (ESPC).

✔ FEMP’s Transforming Research Labs webinar series provides information on opportunities for energy, water, and waste reduction in laboratories. The series is now on-demand with continuing education units (CEUs). Register today for Part I and Part II

✔ FEMP now offers CEUs for all five Just-in-Time (JIT) ESPC Webinars, recently adding CEUs for JIT Webinars 1–3. Register today for: 1: Managing Your Investment-Grade Audit; 2: The Critical Path To Success; and 3: Crossing The Finish Line To Award

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 Awards 2019 AFFECT Grants to Federal Facilities

FEMP has announced more than $5 million in funding for 11 projects to catalyze the adoption of energy and water efficiency and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the Federal Government. Agencies will use FEMP’s Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding in conjunction with external, leveraged funding, such as ESPCs, to amplify the projects’ impacts. Projects will advance energy affordability, integrate technologies that increase the resilience of a site and that are not commonly part of a leveraged project, and support the deployment of integrated energy systems that allow for standardized and streamlined practices to save energy and promote the safety, health, and operations of federal facilities. Cost-shared with industry, the total investment in energy and water efficiency could reach more than $140 million.

Read the full announcement for more information about the selected projects. 

REopt Lite Evolves To Address User Priorities

In addition to incorporating time-saving features and detailed guidance for international use, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s latest REopt Lite web tool upgrades address users’ growing focus on providing backup power to sustain critical load during outages. REopt Lite helps building managers evaluate the economic viability of grid-connected PV, wind, and battery storage at a site, identify system sizes and battery dispatch strategies to minimize energy costs, and estimate how long a system can sustain critical load during a grid outage. REopt Lite now has expanded resilience capabilities to enable users to optimally size new diesel generation and better understand the benefits and trade-offs of resilience. Along with expanded resilience results, the latest round of REopt Light updates include a load profile dashboard and updated default values. To learn more about the latest upgrades, check out NREL’s news article and try REopt Lite today.

New Templates Available for ESPC Energy Sales Agreements 

FEMP recently published new templates for ESPC Energy Sales Agreements (ESA), such as the Notice of Opportunity and Task Order Request for Proposal, for DOE’s indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle. An ESPC ESA is a project structure that uses the multi-year ESPC authority to implement distributed energy projects on federal buildings or land. Unlike traditional ESPCs, the ESA energy conservation measure is initially privately owned for tax incentive purposes, and the federal agency purchases the electricity produced (price in cents/kilowatt-hour, similar to a power purchase agreement). For more information about ESPC ESAs, check out FEMP’s website. To access the DOE IDIQ ESPC ESA templates, click here.

FEMP Releases Demand Response and Time-Variable Pricing Programs Website

In late November, FEMP launched a new website that provides profiles of demand response programs and utility time-variable pricing options across the country. This resource is unique in the U.S., offering a streamlined, no-cost way for commercial and industrial utility customers to access these lucrative opportunities. Federal agencies, as well as any private sector commercial and industrial customers, can quickly look up the offerings available in their state, get a quick description, and follow the link to the relevant program or tariff. Give it a try!

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.

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)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

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

February 11–13, 2020 in San Francisco, CA  (Generalist + HVAC Specialist)

March 2–3, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (IT Specialist + Generalist)

March 3–5, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Generalist + HVAC Specialist)

March 9–10, 2020 in San Francisco, CA (Generalist + IT Specialist) 

WEBINAR: Facility-Related Control Systems (FRCS) Cybersecurity Tool Suite Overview

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

WEBINAR: Better Benchmarking for Lab Buildings

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

IN-PERSON: Electric Vehicle (EV) Site Assessment

Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

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