FEMP Digest: Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners Announced

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Federal Energy Management Program


November 22, 2021

Congratulations to the 18 Award Winners From 8 Federal Agencies


Please join FEMP in congratulating the winners of the 2021 Federal Energy & Water Management Awards. Visit the FEMP Awards website to see how these award-winning champions have cut energy waste, reduced costs, optimized performance, and advanced America’s progress towards energy independence, resilience, and security.

Request for Information: Technologies that Decarbonize Commercial Buildings

Wendell Wyatt Building

On October 12, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a request for information for technologies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings; are ready for evaluation in occupied, operational buildings; and have potential for equitable, wide adoption in the U.S. marketplace.  

Proposed innovations will be evaluated for use in both federally and privately owned facilities. Applicants are encouraged to include novel financing approaches and/or business models in proposals.  

U.S.-manufactured technologies in one or more of these areas are of interest: 

  • High-Performance/Low-Carbon Building Technologies and Solutions
  • Onsite Energy Generation and Storage Systems  
  • Carbon Reducing or Capture.

Submit your proposals by December 7 at 5 p.m. ET and send any questions to gpg@gsa.gov.

FEMP Focus

Innovative Approaches to Technical Assistance: Group Resilience Planning Using the Technical Resilience Navigator

As a part of DOE’s efforts to increase site climate resilience and mission assurance, FEMP and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are leading a cohort of national laboratories and DOE sites through the Technical Resilience Navigator (TRN) process. The cohort meets monthly to review key TRN concepts, work through key steps, and share lessons learned. FEMP and PNNL use an interactive approach to review all TRN modules and worksheets. The DOE’s Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan highlights the TRN as a resource, tool, and training mechanism for site-level resilient planning and affirms DOE’s commitment to lead by example in federal efforts to manage the short and long-term effects of climate. Find out more about FEMP’s Resilience Planning and Implementation program.

Record Year for Awarded UESC Projects

Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) was a record year for federal utility energy service contracts (UESCs) with more than $300 million in awarded project investment. Data collection continues, as there may be additional UESC awards not yet identified. You can help! Please send Christine Walker your agency’s UESC project data for FY21 and prior, as well as for projects in development, for FEMP’s internal use. This ensures a complete tally for FY21 and keeps FEMP’s project pipeline data current. For additional information on project data collection, visit the UESC Project Data Collection page.

FEMP and NREL Use Data-Driven Research to Prioritize Federal Fleet Electrification Effort


FEMP and NREL are using data-driven research to prioritize electrification of the federal fleets. NREL uses data based on fuel usage, fuel transactions, and related information to understand the unique behavior and needs of each fleet such as vehicle usage, routes, parking location, and driving range. In turn, this supports the administration’s goals of decarbonization, prioritizes which fleets could be electrified sooner, and identifies infrastructure needs to support electrification such as the number charging stations. Check out this article to learn more.

FEMP Tools Spotlight

ESCO Selector for ENABLE Tool: FEMP and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have launched the ESCO Selector for ENABLE tool. With this tool, agencies developing an ESPC ENABLE project can quickly build an editable draft notice of opportunity that complies with federal requirements and meets agency needs. 

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Decision Tree: This new interactive decision tree tool provides agencies with resources to manage existing solar PV systems, benchmark system performance, manage needed repairs, and adopt best practices for operations and maintenance (O&M). It also highlights opportunities for agencies to engage with FEMP’s Distributed Energy Program and receive technical assistance.

PV System Owner's Guide to Identifying, Assessing, and Addressing Weather Vulnerabilities, Risks, and ImpactsFEMP and the General Services Administration (GSA) have developed a report to help federal personnel identify and correct commonly known PV system vulnerabilities to reduce life-safety risks, improve system performance, and optimize financial benefits. Each vulnerability and its corresponding description and corrective action is formatted for easy printing and use in the field.

Evaluating and Optimizing Solar PV Performance: This fact sheet highlights FEMP’s Solar PV Performance Initiative which evaluates the performance of federal PV systems and provides resources related to O&M. During the evaluation of GSA’s Mickey Leland Federal Building, evidence of an equipment malfunction was identified. After making the necessary repair, the system’s performance returned to expected levels, underscoring the criticality of routine monitoring and O&M.

Islanding a Microgrid: This video simulates how distributed energy resources on a campus can interact with one another to supply power to buildings while connected to the grid and while islanded during a grid disturbance.

Upcoming Live & On-Demand Webinar Trainings

Introduction To The Energy Management Information Systems Technical Resources Report: Provides information on the FEMP Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) Technical Resources Report. As a broad and rapidly evolving family of tools that monitor, analyze, and control building energy use and system performance, EMIS tools present significant opportunities for federal sector energy savings and improved operational performance. EMIS are at the forefront of transforming energy management best practices by providing building owners and operators with well-organized building performance and energy consumption data, enabling a host of analytic capabilities.

Thursday, December 2, 2021, 1:00-2:30 PM EST

eProject eXpress (ePX) Training: Introduces and guides state and local government energy saving performance contracting (ESPC) project participants, program managers and their energy service companies (ESCOs) on the use of eProject eXpress (ePX) as the streamlined pathway for entering and reporting data from energy efficiency projects like energy-saving performance contracts (ESPCs).  This webinar covers the benefits of data collection, management and reporting, typical project workflow, a walk-through of the data templates, and a live demonstration of the website resource.

Monday, January 10, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Planning, Procuring And Managing Solar PV Systems For Long-Term Performance: This four-part training series addresses acquisition, operations and maintenance (O&M), damage prevention and recovery, and planning for the end of the PV system performance period. With over 3,000 photovoltaic (PV) systems installed across federal facilities, it is critical for PV managers to integrate these lessons. This is a sequential training series, the recommended order of completion is:

Planning A New Solar PV Acquisition, On-Demand, 1 Hour

Improving Performance And Reducing O&M Cost, On-Demand, 1 Hour

Preventing And Recovering From Damage, On-Demand, 1 Hour

Planning For The End Of PV System Performance Period, On-Demand, 1 Hour

Introduction To Battery Energy Storage: Provides an overview of different storage technologies with a specific focus on lithium-ion batteries—including the use cases for federal sites; drivers of cost-effective battery storage projects; key battery storage policies, incentives, and markets; and battery storage procurement considerations.

On-Demand, 1 Hour

Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC)- Five Phases to Success: Provides a high-level understanding of what an ESPC is and how it is used to accomplish energy improvements, task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, risk and responsibility, measurement and verification, applicable financial schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration including FEMP's Life of Contract services.

On-Demand, 3.5 Hours

ESPC Comprehensive Training, Parts 1-3: Brush up on the basics of DOE indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts, learn how to get started implementing energy and water projects on-site using an ESPC, and much more. Whether you’re at the beginning of acquisition planning and considering the ESPC approach or are already underway with a project, this workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of the ESPC process.

Part 1, On-Demand, 3.5 Hours

Part 2, On-Demand, 3.5 Hours

Part 3, On-Demand, 3.5 Hours

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


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