FEMP Digest: Biden Administration Releases E.O. 14057 Implementing Instructions

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Federal Energy Management Program


September 7, 2022

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Biden Administration Releases E.O. 14057 Implementing Instructions

On August 31, 2022, the Biden Administration took a major step forward in achieving the goals of President Biden’s Federal Sustainability Plan and Executive Order (E.O.) 14057 Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability by issuing E.O. 14057 Implementing Instructions to Federal agencies. Through E.O. 14057, the U.S. Federal Government transforms how it builds, buys, and manages to help make America’s economy cleaner, more efficient, and more sustainable.

Over the coming months, the White House and critical enabling partners at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the General Services Administration (GSA) will engage with agencies through briefings, workshops, seminars, new tools, and other actions to provide support through this transformation. Together, these actions will catalyze the reduction of the Federal Government's emissions by 65 percent by 2030 and delivering net-zero emissions from overall Federal operations by 2050.

Do You Know the Potential Cost of a Grid Outage at Your Site?

The Customer Damage Function (CDF) Calculator is a new web tool that helps federal facility managers and resilience planners understand the cost of an electric grid outage. Users enter site characteristics and critical load information into the tool, then estimate the types of outage costs they may incur—from immediate losses to costs that accumulate each hour the power is out.

The FEMP-sponsored CDF Calculator provides essential data for those tasked with justifying the benefit of resilience investments for their facilities. The calculation baselines the cost of inaction to help facility managers understand the value of resilience solutions, such as redundant systems or enhanced energy security.

FEMP Pre-Event Workshops

Join Us for Pre-Event Workshops from FEMP!

While the official Energy Exchange will occur October 25-27th, for this year’s event FEMP is bringing back free and accredited pre-event workshops on Monday, October 24th at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Don’t miss out on these no-cost additional sessions before Energy Exchange 2022 kicks off.

This year features 13 sessions addressing key federal training priorities, including distributed energy resources, performance contracting, climate resilience, electric vehicles, metering, and building re-tuning. There is no additional cost for these sessions – but registration is separate from your Energy Exchange registration. See the FEMP Pre-Event Workshops schedule. Registration opens soon!

2021 & 2022 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners to be Honored at Energy Exchange 2022

For the first time in the history of FEMP’s Federal Energy and Water Management Awards, the 2021 and 2022 award winners will be honored in person during Energy Exchange 2022. This live, invite-only ceremony will be held Wednesday, October 26th in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Duke Convention Center, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. View the 2021 award winners and stay tuned for an announcement featuring the 2022 award winners.

Energy Exchange attendees will be able to hear from 2021 and 2022 award winners during the Award Winning Champions Shared Lessons Learned Forum sessions. Be sure to register today for Energy Exchange 2022!

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FEMP Focus

FEMP Provides Federal Agencies with Preliminary Direction for Planning to Meet the Performance Contracting Requirements Relating to the Energy Act of 2020

In early July FEMP published preliminary direction to help federal agencies plan to meet new performance contracting requirements relating to Energy Act of 2020, amended 42 U.S.C. § 8253(f)(4).  Key topics include the 50% performance contracting and 2-year implementation requirements.  Read FEMP’s direction on the FEMP website and in this frequently asked questions publication (questions 37-40).

Marine Corps Camp Blaz Uses Smart Charge Management to Align Electric Vehicle Charging with Photovoltaic Generation

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The Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC) is partnering with the REopt analysis team and Electric Vehicle (EV) Tiger Team developed under FEMP direction to plan for 233 EV charging ports and 12 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation. NREL is providing technical assistance to help NAVFAC design a smart charge management approach to align zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) charging with PV generation at Camp Blaz. Currently under construction on the island of Guam, Camp Blaz is scheduled to open in 2027, the same year that E.O. 14057 requires all light-duty vehicle fleet acquisitions to be ZEVs. As the DoD base of the future, Camp Blaz will benefit from a system aligning its ZEV charging with times that up to $150k PV would otherwise be curtailed and wasted annually. Read the case study.

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FEMP Resources Spotlight

FEMP Website: Severe Weather Resilience in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Design

This new FEMP webpage outlines an approach to identifying sites’ risks of severe weather and highlights key design considerations and technical specifications to make solar PV systems more resilient.

FEMP Website: Federal On-Site Electricity Contracts

This new FEMP webpage provides information about on-site electricity contracts, including contract options, benefits, limitations, and sample documents. The page also provides background information on how to understand if this type of contract is right for a given site and how to get started.

Case Study: EVSE Site Assessment for Grand Teton National Park 

In partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), FEMP recently completed an electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) site assessment at Grand Teton National Park. This brief success story Grand Teton National Park Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment Plan and full case study Grand Teton National Park Federal Fleet Tiger Team EVSE Site Assessment (nrel.gov) describe the process that FEMP, NPS, and engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory used to recommend site designs for 26 EV charging ports near Grand Teton’s headquarters area. FEMP encourages fleet, facility, and energy managers who are planning to perform EVSE assessments to use the case study as a guide for EVSE site assessments at their own facilities. You can also check out a video about the Fleet Team’s wider engagement with NPS.

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Upcoming Live Webinar Trainings

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

Decarbonization Considerations: Resilience Planning

September 7, 2022 1:30 PM-2:30 PM EDT | Register to Attend

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is helping agencies understand how to maximize decarbonization while harnessing climate adaptation techniques and maintaining site resilience, allowing agencies to meet current and future decarbonization goals. This training will provide attendees with an understanding of which tools and resources are available to help plan for climate resilience and adaptation.

Computer Server Selection Guidelines for Energy Efficiency and Decarbonization in Data Centers

September 8, 2022 1:00 PM-2:30 PM EDT | Register to Attend

A data center houses computer servers, storage, and networking equipment as well as critical support infrastructure such as cooling and electrical systems. These facilities are critical to the mission of many types of organizations, and data center operators are challenged to deliver reliable services, operate efficiently, and ensure resiliency and flexibility. The selection of computer servers can have a profound impact on overall energy efficiency and decarbonization in data centers. This webinar focuses on air-cooled computer server selection guidelines. Air-cooled computer servers generally use more energy than all other information technology (IT) equipment combined.

Reviewing Your Technical Proposal 

September 20, 2022 12:30 PM-2:00 PM EDT | Register to Attend

This training will discuss how agencies can prepare for the technical proposal review, how the technical proposal meets the task order request for proposal requirements, and ensuring the measurement and verification plan does not conflict with the risk, responsibility, and performance matrix. It will explore the evaluation and assessment of the contractor's energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project proposal, specifically the technical proposal.

Applying The Updated Buy American Act to New Onsite 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 photovoltaic (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.

Comprehensive Water Management Strategies

September 27, 2022 1:00 PM-2:30 PM EDT | Register to Attend

There are many federal water-related mandates including conducting comprehensive water evaluations, implementing water-efficiency measures, and water metering. It is challenging for federal agencies to stay abreast of these requirements considering the many demands they face for managing both facility energy and water. This course will present how to develop a comprehensive water management program as it relates to federal requirements and the elements of a comprehensive water management process for federal facilities.


Upcoming Live, In-Person Trainings

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

Energy Treasure Hunt (In-Person & Virtual). George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT

An Energy Treasure Hunt (Energy Treasure Hunts | Better Buildings Initiative)is an on site three-day event that engages cross-functional teams of employees in the process of identifying operational and maintenance (O&M) energy efficiency improvements. Often carried out several times over the course of a year, treasure hunts involve multiple teams simultaneously walking through areas of a facility during production while searching for opportunities to reduce energy use. This process empowers plant personnel to discover energy-saving opportunities while simultaneously building a culture of continuous improvement. Hundreds of organizations have used Energy Treasure Hunts to reduce their facilities’ energy use by up to 15%.

Day 1: Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Kick Off; Facilities Walk Through; MEASUR Training; Back Into Plant; Debrief.

Day 2: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Facilities Walk Through as Needed; Calculate Opportunity Values; Complete Calculations; Prepare Debrief Presentation.

Contact Kendall Kam or Nael Nmair if interested in attending either in-person or virtually.

50001 Ready Cohort Alumni Get-Together

Energy Exchange 2022, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

October 25, 2022 5:30 PM EDT

For all federal sites that have attended, are attending, or are interested in a 50001 Energy Management System.

This event will recognize individual site achievements, summarize 50001 Ready Program updates, discuss best practices, share lessons learned, and share feedback from sites. Contact Kendall Kam if interested in attending or for more information.


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.

Distributed Wind for Federal Agencies

1 Hour | 0.2 CEUs | Introductory

This training provides federal agency staff with an overview of available resources they can use to make data-driven decisions about whether or not distributed wind could be a feasible option for their locations of interest.

Financing and Financial Proposal Review for Performance Contracting  

1.5 Hours | 0.2 CEUs | Intermediate

This training consists of an in-depth overview of financing for Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs). That is, where the financing comes from, what's in the payments and how they break down, and details about the amount financed. Task order (TO) summary schedule (construction period interest payment) and Schedule 3 (capital costs/loan repayment) will be presented.

From EPB to CTS: Leveraging eProject Builder for Compliance Tracking System (CTS) Reporting

1 Hour | 0.2 CEUs | Introductory

This training educates attendees on how to efficiently transfer their project and measurement and verification data from ePB to the CTS. The ePB CTS reporting feature partially automates the transfer of project data between the two systems. Users are able to populate data from ePB directly into the MS Excel-based CTS upload template format, the CTS Initiated Projects Report, and the CTS Follow-Up Report. This feature reduces the reporting requirement burden for federal agencies by eliminating duplicate data entry work.

Long-Term Management of Measurement and Verification (M&V) in Performance Contracts

1 Hour | 0.2 CEUs | Intermediate

This training focuses on the long-term management of agency M&V during the performance period of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). FEMP provides guidance on how to actively participate in energy service company (ESCO) M&V activities, how to review annual M&V reports, and offers services for quality assurance during the life of the contract. 

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