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Federal Energy Management Program Update


February 19, 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!

Register now and book your hotel for the 2020 Energy Exchange! This year’s event will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from August 11–13, 2020.

Register now for FEMP's upcoming Energy Savings Performance Contracting Energy Sales Agreements (ESPC ESAs) workshop on March 11, 2020.

✔ Save the date for the 2020 Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar, May 6–7, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

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’s 2020 Energy Exchange - Registration Open!  

This year's annual Energy Exchange training and trade show event will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from August 11-13, 2020. With the theme, "Empowering Solutions," the 2020 event will focus on collaboration and innovation for federal agencies to leverage technologies and practices that offer efficient, resilient, and secure energy and water management solutions. The Energy Exchange remains the best opportunity for agencies to ensure workforce development is in alignment with legislative, Administration and agency mission objectives.  Register and book your hotel today!

January 2020 Product Category Updates

Federal agencies are required to purchase energy-efficient products. To help buyers meet these requirements, FEMP maintains acquisition guidance for product categories that have the potential to generate significant federal energy savings. In January 2020, FEMP approved updated purchasing guidance for 17 commercial food service equipment, appliance, and building envelope product categories. Find the full list of the latest covered product category updates on FEMP’s Search for Energy-Efficient Products web page, and search all federally applicable energy-efficient covered product categories in the Covered Product Category Search Results table. FEMP also provides direct links to EPA’s ENERGY STAR-certified products.

Register Now for FEMP's ESPC ESAs Workshop 

FEMP is holding an interactive ESPC ESAs workshop on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The workshop will discuss barriers and solutions for implementing ESPC ESAs; topics include the Investment Tax Credit, contract structure, and financier considerations. While intended primarily for energy service company project, renewable energy developer, and financier staff, federal agency champions are also encouraged to attend. Space is limited and a maximum of two representatives per organization is requested. Register now!

Call for Nominations is Open for the 2020 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

FEMP sponsors the annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to honor outstanding federal agency achievements in energy, water, and fleet management. Visit the webpage for more information and to download the 2020 Criteria and GuidelinesSubmit nominations by May 8, 2020.

FEMP will offer three identical one-hour WebEx presentations to provide an overview of the 2020 awards criteria and the online portal. Register here for the March 4 meeting at 1:30 pm EST. Register here for the March 26 meeting at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Register here for the April 16 meeting at 1:30 pm EDT.

Mark Your Calendar for the 2020 Spring FUPWG Seminar

The Spring Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar will be hosted by FEMP and CenterPoint Energy on May 6–7, 2020 in Houston, Texas. 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. Registration will open and the agenda will be provided in early March; visit the seminar webpage for more information. The event will be held at CenterPoint Energy headquarters, and attendees are encouraged to secure hotel reservations as soon as possible via the hotel reservation links found on the webpage.

FEMP will also hold a Comprehensive Utility Energy Service Contracts Training on May 4–5, 2020. Registration for this training is limited to federal and utility representatives, and will be separate from the FUPWG registration.

New FEMP Case Study Highlights Navy-Utility Collaboration 

A new FEMP case study highlights energy resilience and mission readiness at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Mississippi. Executed under an enhanced use lease agreement the Navy signed in 2016 with the serving utility, Mississippi Power Company (MPC), the project is split into two phases. In phase one, a 3.5-megawatt solar photovoltaic array built on brownfield land at the base began feeding the grid in MPC’s service area in early 2017. In phase two, slated for completion in late 2020, MPC and its partners are installing a microgrid system, lithium-ion battery storage, and state-of-the-art backup diesel generators. These measures, along with the integration of approximately one megawatt of power from the new solar array, will sustain many of the base’s most critical assets for at least 48 hours in the event of a grid outage. Read the full story.

Smart Labs Strategies Shared at 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference

Partners of FEMP’s Smart Labs Program and the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, presented on February 2, 2020 at the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference in a session entitled, “Brilliant Execution of Smart Labs: How to Employ Smart Labs to Improve Safety, Reduce Energy and Make Labs Sustainable.” This session showcased solutions for laboratory buildings to enable safe and efficient world class science through high-performance methods. It reviewed technology choices for implementing smart ventilation strategies and highlighted experiences from an implementer who is seeing the safety and energy-savings results through an integrated laboratory airflow management program. For more information about Smart Labs strategies, go to the Smart Labs Toolkit landing page.

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, February 25, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EST

Thursday, March 5, 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: Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program

March 2–4, 2020 in Fairfax, VA (Generalist + HVAC Specialist)

March 2–5, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (IT Specialist + Generalist + HVAC Specialist)

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

May 13–15, 2020 in San Francisco, CA (Generalist + HVAC Specialist) 

June 10–12, 2020 in Seattle, WA (Generalist + HVAC Specialist) 

June 17–18, 2020 in San Francisco, CA (IT Specialist + Generalist) 

September 16–18, 2020 in Chicago, IL (Generalist + HVAC Specialist) 

IN-PERSON: Electric Vehicle Site Assessment

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

WEBINAR: Utility Energy Service Contract Training For Federal Agencies

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. EDT


Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

WEBINAR: eProject Builder Demonstration (Advanced)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1–2:15 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: ESPC ESA Workshop Outcomes

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 2–3:30 p.m. EDT

WEBINAR: Get Smart (Labs): Results from the Smart Labs Accelerator

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 3–4:00 p.m. EDT

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