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Federal Energy Management Program


August 5, 2022

In This Issue

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Driving Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are an important part of our transition to a clean energy future… and they are fun to drive! In this video, developed in partnership with FEMP, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), you’ll learn how driving an EV is different than a gasoline vehicle, and how to make the most of your ride. Find out more about electrifying your fleet.

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FEMP Focus

DOE Invests $6 Million in Geothermal Heating and Cooling Technologies at Federal Facilities

On June 3, 2022, DOE announced the selection of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as the recipient of up to $6 million for the expansion and deployment of geothermal heating and cooling technology at federal sites. This investment will help support President Biden's goal of achieving 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030. This funding will provide technical assistance for geothermal energy deployment at federal sites, helping reduce or replace electricity demand, offset peak loads to the grid, and add resiliency and security to local energy systems. Read the full press release.

Reported Energy and Cost Savings from the ESPC Program

DOE’s Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) program realized 109% of guaranteed savings in FY 2020.  A review of 189 projects in the performance period and generating an annual measurement and verification (M&V) report in FY 2020 resulted in a reported $451.3 million in cost savings to federal agencies; greater than the $414.0 million of guaranteed cost savings for the same period. ORNL generates this annual report capturing the realization rate of energy and cost savings from the DOE ESPC IDIQ program, which has awarded over 430 projects over the history of the program. View the full performance report.

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FEMP Resources Spotlight

FEMP Website: Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity Resources for Federal Agencies

Assess, strategize, and implement.

The FEMP Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity (CFE) Resources landing page provides information and resources for federal agencies to increase their understanding of CFE options through a comprehensive and actionable approach organized into three main steps (Assess, Strategize, and Implement). The webpage primarily features content in the Assess and Strategize sections but will continue to evolve as new information and resources become available.

FEMP Website: Federal Off-Site Clean Energy Procurement Options


This updated webpage reviews options available to federal agencies for off-site procurement of clean energy based on their electricity market type. Clean energy as described on this webpage may include either renewable or carbon pollution-free electricity, as defined in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Executive Order (E.O.) 14057 Sec. 603, respectively. Determining sites' electricity market type is an important first step to identifying the available off-site purchasing options, and descriptions of two electricity market types are briefly described.

New Tool: Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Technical Specification Tool

Screenshot of the Solar PV Technical Specifications tool.

This new FEMP tool enables federal stakeholders to create their own customized solar PV technical specifications based on a site’s needs.

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Upcoming Live Webinar Trainings

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

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.

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program

Data centers are energy-intensive and opportunities exist to reduce energy use, but significant knowledge, training, and skills are required to perform accurate data center energy assessments. In order to accelerate energy savings, the data center industry and DOE partnered to develop the DCEP program. The DCEP training program certifies energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers.

Upcoming DCEP Trainings

  • August 24, 2022  (Generalist, in Spanish)
  • August 25, 2022 (IT Specialist, in Spanish)
  • September 19, 2022 (Generalist)
  • September 20, 2022 (IT Specialist)
  • September 26-27, 2022 (HVAC Specialist)

All classes require a registration fee and will be conducted online until further notice. Contact mherrlin@ancis.us with questions.

Applying the Updated Buy American Act to New On-site Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Projects

September 20, 2022 3:00 PM–4:00 PM EDT | Register to Attend

The Buy American Act (BAA) was established to help the government leverage its buying power to support United States industries, including the renewable energy industry. With federal solar PV projects on the rise, it is imperative for federal purchasers to understand how BAA applies in renewable energy projects to avoid project delays. This webinar reviews the latest updates to the BAA, discusses how to ensure federal solar PV systems comply with the BAA, and provides tips on conducting market research to verify claims.


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.

Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) Comprehensive Training

Phase 1 and Phase 2 

3 Hours | 0.4 CEUs | Introductory

This training consists of a basic introduction to the DOE IDIQ contracts and how to get started with an ESPC project at your site. This training also covers acquisition planning, ESCO selection, the preliminary assessment, energy saving technologies, and energy security/resilience through ESPC. Whether you are at the beginning of acquisition planning and considering the ESPC approach or are already underway with a project, this training workshop will provide a strong foundation for understanding the ESPC process.

Phase 3

3 Hours | 0.4 CEUs | Introductory

This training provides attendees with an understanding of  ESPC project development phase one which includes measurement and verification; technical proposal review; and the risk, responsibility, and performance matrix (RRPM). Task order schedules are thoroughly reviewed so attendees learn the purpose of each and recognize the pricing and financing aspects of an ESPC project. Attendees review each financial schedule, technical proposal, and RRPM and develop an understanding of ESPC funding and where it comes from. This training also explains how ESPCs differ from conventional bid-to-spec projects by reviewing final design, implementation and construction, and project acceptance.

Phase 4 and Phase 5

3 Hours | 0.4 CEUs | Introductory

This training provides attendees with an overview of the implementation/construction period activities. The training includes a discussion of agency responsibilities, invoices and payments, and annual measurement and verification activities during the performance period. The contents of the contract management plan will be reviewed. The training is sponsored by the DOE FEMP and utilizes experts in the field of performance contracting including former federal contracting officers, federal project executives, DOE national laboratory experts, and other consultants with extensive backgrounds in ESPCs. Attendees will interact with instructors who are experts in contracting and the technical aspects of project development.

Sustainable Acquisition for Federal Agencies

2 Hours | 0.2 CEUs | Introductory

Sustainable acquisitions are environmentally preferable products and services that help the federal government "buy green" while stimulating market demand. This training enables learners to recognize and comply with federal sustainability requirements prior to, as well as during, the purchase of products and services, and the benefits that result to the federal government, the community, and the environment from compliance with these requirements.

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