FEMP Digest: White House Releases Executive Order on Federal Sustainability

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Federal Energy Management Program


December 15, 2021

Executive Order on Federal Sustainability

On December 8, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Catalyzing America’s Clean Energy Industries and Jobs through Federal Sustainability, demonstrating how the U.S. Federal Government will leverage its scale and procurement power to lead by example in tackling the climate crisis. This action builds the whole-of-government effort to tackle the climate crisis in a way that creates well-paying jobs, grows industries, and makes the country more economically competitive. Read Secretary Granholm's statement and visit sustainability.gov to learn more about the executive order's accompanying Federal Sustainability Plan.


Cover of the Federal Sustainability Plan

FEMP Welcomes New Director

On December 6, the Department of Energy welcomed Mary Sotos as the new director of FEMP. Sotos comes to FEMP from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, where she revamped its Lead By Example program to create new strategies to track and manage greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and water use across all state agencies. She previously served as the agency’s deputy commissioner for energy, directing the state’s energy policies and programs. Sotos also worked at the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Program at the World Resources Institute, an international think tank, where she developed new global carbon accounting standards and tools used by thousands of organizations worldwide. Additionally, she partnered with corporate leaders to develop and advance new renewable energy strategies, tools, and policies to decarbonize the grid. Her breadth of experience in energy strategy and policy will be a valuable asset as FEMP works with agencies to meet ambitious energy goals.


Announcing the 2021 AFFECT Selections

Secretary Granholm announces the AFFECT 2021 recipients.

During a December 1, 2021 visit to GSA's New Carrollton Federal Building, DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced a total of $13 million for energy efficiency technologies to 17 federal facilities. Funding provided through the Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding opportunity, managed by FEMP, will assist selected agencies with deployment of energy and water efficiency, renewable energy, and operational resilience technologies that address climate change. The grants will lead to a total investment of over $737 million when leveraged with energy performance contracts (e.g., energy savings performance contracts [ESPCs], utility energy service contracts [UESC]) from private industry. Read the full press release and view all selections.



FEMP Focus

Considering Climate Change Scenarios in Site Resilience Planning

Schema of climate-related risk

PNNL recently released a report discussing the integration of climate change scenarios into facility resilience planning to support on-site critical loads. It serves as a resource for energy, water, and facility managers to incorporate climate change considerations into a scenario-based, risk-informed approach to resource management and climate adaptation. View the full report.


Upcoming Live Webinar Trainings

Visit the FEMP Training Catalog to view all available live and on-demand trainings.


eProject eXpress (ePX) Training

January 10, 2022 (1:00–2:00 pm EST) | Register to Attend

This webinar introduces and guides you through the use of ePX as the streamlined pathway for entering and reporting data from energy efficiency projects like ESPCs and covers management and reporting, typical project workflow, a live demonstration of the website resource, and more.


Working with Your Utility Series: Advanced Interconnection Topics, Part 2

January 11, 2022 (2:00–3:00 pm EST) | Register to Attend

Join FEMP’s UESC team for the third installment in the accredited Working with Your Utility Series. In this final advanced-level webinar, learn how to recognize components of distribution system configurations and studies, identify common solar photovoltaic and battery standards, identify cybersecurity impacts on interconnection and much more. Register to save your spot and view the previous on-demand course in this seriesWorking with Your Utility Series: Advanced Interconnection Topics, Part 1 — to get up to speed before the live training.


eProject Builder Advanced Training Webinar

January 18, 2022 (1:00–2:15 pm EST) | Register to Attend

Learn about the advanced features of eProject Builder (ePB), including the Measurement and Verification module and the Analysis and Reporting features, and gain an understanding of features for federal agencies, including using ePB for UESCs and transferring ePB project data to the federal compliance tracking system (CTS).


UESC Comprehensive 3-Day Virtual Training

This comprehensive, introductory-level, and accredited training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance implementation. Attendees learn and share proven best practices for ensuring projects save energy and meet performance expectations.



New Self-Paced, On-Demand Trainings

The following are recently posted accredited trainings.Visit the FEMP Training Catalog to view all available live and on-demand trainings.


Adopting Energy-Efficient Lighting in an Evolving Market

1 Hour | 0.2 CEUs | Intermediate

This training covers the overall lighting market landscape and the savings potential of federal acquisition of efficient lighting products, emerging trends for lighting technologies and applications in the federal sector, and how to procure and deploy energy-efficient lighting solutions.


Leveraging Utility Partnerships for Fleet Electrification

1.5 Hours | 0.2 CEUs | Intermediate

In this recorded webinar, FEMP discusses planning considerations and strategies related to federal fleet electrification, including federal energy goals, electric vehicle acquisition, capital investments and financial support.


Monitoring-Based Commissioning in Performance Contracting

1.5 Hours | 0.2 CEUs | Intermediate

This training provides information on incorporating Monitoring-based Commissioning (MBCx) into energy performance contracts, specifically ESPCs and UESCs. It includes a description of MBCx and its uses, benefits of MBCx in each project phase, and approaches for integration of existing and new MBCx systems into energy projects financed with performance contracting.


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