FEMP Digest: Energy Exchange 2021 Technical Training Sessions Announced

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July 7, 2021

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.

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Energy Exchange has released the 2021 Technical Training Sessions! This workforce development training event, hosted by DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) August 2–6, 2021, will play a key role in connecting the federal energy management community with the knowledge and resources needed to work hard and work smart to achieve net-zero emissions in federal operations.

Sessions will cover important topics across five tracks, including Optimized and Efficient Federal Facilities, Sustainable and Climate Resilient Buildings and Infrastructure, Deploying New and Emerging Technologies, Financing and Implementing Federal Energy and Water Projects, and Future Focused Facilities. Here is a sample of some of the new and innovative sessions at Energy Exchange 2021:

Track 1, Session 8: Smart Buildings 101: What Makes a Building Smart and How Do We Evaluate Smartness

Track 2, Session 1: Industry Panel on the Now and the Future of Electric Vehicles

Track 3, Session 1: Federal Technology Demonstration Programs Looking Forward

Track 4, Session 3: Leveraging Grants, Incentives, and Utility Programs in Performance Contracting

Track 5, Session 9: Department of Defense Tri-Services Panel

To view the full list of sessions and their session descriptions, visit the Technical Training Agenda page. Click here to register.

FEMP Focus

FEMP Open House at Energy Exchange 2021

Following each day of the Energy Exchange from August 3–5, 2021 at 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET, the public is invited to attend the FEMP Open House on MS Teams for an interactive overview from FEMP program managers to discuss FEMP services and answer stakeholder questions. Please join us using the links below to learn more about FEMP’s key focus areas:

  • Tuesday 8/3 - Energy and Water Resilience & Agency Engagement: 4:00–4:20 p.m. - Reporting & Performance; 4:20–4:40 p.m. - Energy and Water Resilience and the Technical Resilience Navigator (TRN); 4:40–5:00 p.m. - Cybersecurity
  • Wednesday 8/4 - Facility & Fleet Optimization: 4:00–4:30 p.m. - Operations & Maintenance (O&M); 4:30–4:50 p.m. - Energy Management; 4:50–5:00 p.m. - Fleet Electrification
  • Thursday 8/5 - Energy & Project Procurement Development Services: 4:00–4:20 p.m. - Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT); 4:20–4:40 p.m. - Performance Contracting; 4:40–5:00 p.m. - Performance Contracting National Resource Center (PCNRC).

Healthy Buildings and Energy Support Tool (H-BEST) Released

FEMP, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the U.S. General Services Administration, released the Healthy Buildings and Energy Support Tool (H-BEST). The tool analyzes indoor environmental quality (IEQ) data for buildings and helps its users identify the costs and benefits of potential improvements. The IEQ categories analyzed in the tool are air quality, thermal comfort, and lighting. The target audience includes office building owners, managers, and operators, as well as energy and sustainability managers. H-BEST is part of FEMP’s Healthy Buildings Toolkit, which includes resources to provide decision support at the intersection of energy efficiency and IEQ. The H-BEST currently models office buildings, however FEMP is currently working to expand to include healthcare facilities. Visit FEMP's Healthy Buildings website for more information on H-BEST and the Healthy Buildings Toolkit.                

FEMP Web Spotlight

FEMP recently added brand new topics to its website. Visit the following pages for more information on:

  • Operational Technology Cybersecurity for Energy Systems - Operational technology (OT) refers to programmable systems or devices that interact with the physical environment, such as industrial control systems, building management systems, fire control systems, and physical access control mechanisms. This site discusses why OT cybersecurity is important and how to understand your cybersecurity posture and current vulnerabilities to identify acceptable and unacceptable levels of risk. 
  • Operations and Maintenance in Federal Facilities - Effective operations and maintenance (O&M) is one of the most cost-effective methods for ensuring reliability, safety, and energy and water efficiency. Inadequate maintenance of energy- and water-using systems is a major cause of waste in the federal government and the private sector. This site offers O&M information and resources that provide agencies with technology- and management-focused guidance to improve energy and water efficiency and ensure safer, more reliable operations.
  • Healthy Buildings Initiative - FEMP's Healthy Buildings Initiative supports the identification of energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) upgrades to improve business cases by leveraging savings from productivity gains and reductions in utility expenditures. The site includes information on FEMP's Healthy Buildings Toolkit, pilot study reports, case studies, and other resources for achieving healthy buildings, including presentations, documents, and training.
  • Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) for Federal Facilities - FEMP helps federal agencies identify and implement an EMIS, comprised of devices, data services, and software applications that monitor, analyze, and control metered building energy use and system performance. The site includes steps for planning and procuring an EMIS, and other resources including websites, tools, and documents to support implementing EMIS in facilities. 

Upcoming Live Webinar Training

Planning, Procuring, And Managing Solar PV Systems For Long-Term Performance a Four-Part Series:  This four-part sequential series discusses key steps and considerations that need to be incorporated during the screening, acquisition, construction and commissioning phases for federal agencies to gain the greatest lifetime benefit from a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. 

Solar PV Acquisition - Monday, July 12, 2021, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

Operations and Maintenance (O&M) -  Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

Preventing & Recovering From Damage - Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

End Of Performance Period - Thursday, July 15, 2021, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

EV Champion Training Series: The sessions below are part of a series that serves as an introduction to electric vehicle (EV) technology and considerations for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installation. 

EVSE Power And InstallationThursday, July 15, 2021, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET

EV Site AssessmentsThursday, August 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET

Advanced Fleet ElectrificationThursday, September 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training ProgramWill prepare attendees to perform accurate energy assessments of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, and information technology (IT) systems in data centers.

Monday, July 19 and Wednesday July 21–Thursday, July 22, 2021 (Generalist + HVAC Specialist) 

Monday, July 26, 2021 (IT Specialist)  

Energy Exchange 2021: With the theme, Connecting the Future, Energy Exchange 2021 will be a virtual event featuring engaging and topical trainings and sessions across the federal energy and water management community. Learn more.

Monday, August 2, 2021–Friday, August 6, 2021

Working With Your Utility Series: Advanced Interconnection Topics: The second in a multi-part series on working with electric utilities to develop distributed energy projects on federal sites, the webinar will provide information on advanced interconnection topics for federal agencies developing distributed energy projects. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 2–3:00 p.m. ET 

View FEMP’s Training Catalog to see all FEMP’s scheduled live and on-demand training sessions.


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