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June 29, 2022

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Registration and Exhibit Sales Now Open for Energy Exchange

Register to Attend

Join Us in Cincinnati, October 25-27!

2022 is here and the preparations for the Energy Exchange are underway! This year's event is taking place in Cincinnati, OH, and the Energy Exchange will be “Advancing Federal Infrastructure Through Innovation" October 25-27, 2022. As the premier accredited training event for the federal government, it's one of the most cost-effective and flexible ways to gain mission critical knowledge, develop professional skills, and earn CEUs.

Other things you can expect at this year's event:

  • Insightful plenary speakers outline federal priorities and present replicable solutions.
  • Networking opportunities spur coordination and collaboration among peers and agencies.
  • Agency-driven training content to meet dynamic and growing challenges.
  • Tradeshow showcasing new and innovative technologies from industry experts.
Reserve Your Room

Hotel Reservations Are Now Open

Ten hotels near the Duke Energy Convention Center have a limited number of rooms reserved for Energy Exchange 2022. With a valid government or national laboratories ID, rooms are priced at per diem rates. There are also reduced rates for government contractors and private sector attendees. Reservations fill up fast, so don't delay! Visit the Energy Exchange Hotel & Travel for specific info about accommodations.

DOE Proposes New, Cost-Saving Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Water Heaters

On May 5, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed new energy-conservation standards for commercial water heating equipment, including gas storage, instantaneous water heaters, and gas hot water supply boilers. The proposed standards would require commercial water heaters to incorporate condensing technology, which significantly reduces energy consumption by extracting additional heat from the combustion process. Energy efficiency is a key component of President Biden’s plan to reduce climate pollution while delivering savings. 

“Water heating accounts for a considerable share of energy costs and domestic carbon emissions,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

“Modernizing commercial water heater technology will slash energy costs for schools, hospitals, and small businesses while removing carbon and methane from our atmosphere.” 

If implemented within DOE’s proposed timeframe, the new standards would come into effect in 2026. Next month, DOE will host a public meeting via webinar to solicit public feedback on the proposed rulemaking. For further information, contact the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program staff at ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov.  

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FEMP Focus

GSA Announced Innovative Technology Pilots with Potential for Net-Zero Carbon Buildings

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in collaboration with DOE’s High Impact Technologies (HIT) Catalyst program, selected nine technology validation projects for this year’s Green Providing Ground (GPG) demonstrations. Technologies include building energy management, HVAC and heat pumps, window film, solar PV tracking, and electric vehicle charging. As a GPG and HIT Catalyst partner, FEMP looks forward to continued collaboration on the selection and validation of these advanced technologies, helping to transition them into the marketplace for future agency deployments that support agency missions and energy goals. Read the DOE news story and GSA press release.

Nearly 750 Attendees Turn Out for 2022 Virtual FUPWG Seminar

In early May, FEMP hosted its second Virtual 2022 Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) Seminar. The agenda's lineup of experts from across the federal government, the utility/cooperative community, financing firms, and other sectors attracted close to 750 attendees.

FUPWG Highlights

  • DOE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Carolyn Snyder, shared thoughts and remarks on key topics and challenges facing the FUPWG community, and on how EERE is working to address them.
  • FEMP Director Mary Sotos provided an update on FEMP activities and commended the FUPWG community on reaching $300 million in UESC project investment in 2021.
  • Andrew Mayock, the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, shared the administration's vision for decarbonizing the federal government.
  • Panel discussions featured the utility industry, civilian agency representatives, and senior leadership from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and all Department of Defense Services.
  • Attendees learned about the UESC project at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, which deployed floating solar PV with battery storage.

Download the agenda and presentations and visit the FEMP website to learn more about FUPWG.

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FEMP Resources Spotlight

FEMP website: FEMP Fleet Electrification Updates

The new and improved electric vehicle (EV) content now features an EV toolkit with updated resources such as a fleet electrification checklist, training materials, and fleet electrification success stories. If you have any suggestions or feedback on the website, please email the FEMP Fleet team

FEMP website: Federal Agency Use of Renewable Electric Energy 

The updated page provides information about FY20 renewable electricity use across the federal government with breakdowns by agency, technology, and procurement method. On-site generation is also highlighted with new maps demonstrating solar and wind generation by state.

Template: Lithium-ion Battery Storage Technical Specifications

The new customizable template provides technical specifications for federal agencies seeking to procure lithium-ion battery energy storage systems (BESS).

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Upcoming Live Webinar Trainings

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

From ePB to CTS: Leveraging eProject Builder for CTS Reporting

June 30, 2022 1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT | Register to Attend

This webinar educates attendees on how to efficiently transfer their project and measurement and verification data from eProject Builder (ePB) to the compliance tracking system (CTS).

Federal On-Site Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity (CFE) Purchase Contracts

July 11, 2022 12:00 PM–1:00 PM EDT | Register to Attend

FEMP is helping agencies understand their on-site carbon-pollution free electricity (CFE) purchase options to help meet their procurement objectives. This training helps attendees understand their on-site options, limitations associated with these contracts, and strategies for ensuring a successful project.

eProject eXpress (ePX) – Your Report Card for K-12 ESPC Projects

July 11, 2022 1:00 PM EDT | Register to Attend

School districts around the nation continue to benefit from energy savings performance contracting but have been challenged to organize and maintain ready access to the data, files, and proof that these projects are achieving the goals intended.

FEMP and EERE's Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP) have joined forces to provide the ePX tool to meet this need. DOE and LBNL are hosting this webinar to introduce you to this incredible, free, and secure resource that's been created specifically to help with all of this!

EV Champion Training Series

This four-part training series serves as an introduction to EV technology and considerations for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installation. This course focuses on the selection of the best EVs for your fleet and planning for the installation of EVSE that will serve the needs of these new vehicles. 

The remaining training session will be held from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM EDT. 

Utility Industry Basics for Federal Agency Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity (CFE) Procurement  

July 13, 2022 10:30 AM–12:00 PM EDT | Register to Attend

This training provides foundational information to help agencies understand the fundamental characteristics of the utility industry in the United States. With this information and understanding, federal agencies are better prepared to meet the 100% carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) by 2030 goal outlined in Executive Order 14057. This training provides attendees with an overview of the utility industry and a suggested approach for assessing, strategizing, and implementing plans for increasing consumption of CFE.

Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) Advanced Training

Day 1: Contracting

August 9, 2022 1:00 PM–4:00 PM EDT | Register to Attend

Day one presents topics aimed at assisting agency staff, utilities, and energy service companies (ESCO) in the development and execution of UESCs. Major topics in this webinar include legal and contracting considerations, project audit preparedness, and contract risk assessment and mitigation.

Day 2: Technical Project Development and Implementation

August 11, 2022 1:00 PM–4:00 PM EDT | Register to Attend

Day two provides federal agencies and utility partners with higher level training that helps promote successful implementation of UESCs for the federal government. UESC training is an important step in promoting and enabling the use of federal performance contracts, implementing energy efficiency projects, and reducing the consumption of energy in federal buildings.


New Self-Paced, On-Demand Trainings

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

Decarbonization Considerations: On-site Distributed Energy Project and Off-site Purchases

1.5 Hours | 0.2 CEUs | Intermediate

This training provides an overview of on-site and off-site energy procurement strategies such as performance contracting, power purchase agreements, and offsite electricity supply arrangements.

Decarbonization Considerations: Performance Contracting

1.5 Hours | 0.2 CEUs | Intermediate

This training provides an overview of the performance contract five-phase process, identifies opportunities for decarbonization strategies throughout various steps in the process, and establishes best practices for integrating distributed energy in performance contracts.

Introduction to the Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework (DER-CF)

1 Hour | 0.2 CEUs | Introductory

Cybersecurity assessments are mandatory for many organizations and federal agencies, but they can be extremely time-consuming. The DER-CF tool employs a user-friendly application to streamline the process and reduce the amount of time and resources your organization spends performing these assessments. The DER-CF tool guides you through an assessment within hours, instead of weeks or months if performed on your own. This training guides attendees through the entire process of taking an assessment on the DER-CF platform, shows why taking assessments is important, and how to get and use the results.

Introduction to the Energy Management Information Systems Technical Resources Report

1.5 Hours | 0.2 CEUs | Introductory

This training 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. This training highlights key content from the EMIS Technical Resources Report and additional FEMP resources for federal facility managers considering, procuring, or implementing an EMIS. 

Tracking Data Center Efficiency: What PUE Can Say and Where We Can Look To Better Understand Energy Performance

1.5 Hours | 0.2 CEUs | Intermediate

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) presents its latest snapshot of efficiency in data centers, based on nearly 60 assessments of energy use and efficiency opportunities in data centers from 2006 to 2020. From those assessments, they report the standard metric for efficiency in data centers, Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). They examine the relationship of average PUE to time, climate and data center type.

Using Task Order (TO) Schedules in eProject Builder (ePB)

1 Hour | 0.2 CEUs | Introductory

The ESPC and UESC TO schedules are a key component of the preliminary assessment, investment grade audit proposal, and task order contract of ESPCs and UESCs. They are required by the FEMP indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) and Army Corps Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) and summarize the financial deal. All ESPC TO schedules are prepared using ePB (recommended for UESCs). Attendees learn what information must be included, who is responsible for entering the data, where to find critical price and energy savings data, and how the schedules interact to provide a comprehensive financial overview of a project .

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

1 Hour | 0.2 CEUs | Advanced

This training provides information on advanced interconnection topics for federal agencies developing distributed energy projects. Considerations covered include: Common PV and battery codes and standards, distribution system configurations and studies, cybersecurity and site access. This training is the fourth in a multi-part series on working with electric utilities to develop distributed energy projects on federal sites.

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