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October 21, 2022

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Join us for the Award Winning Champions Shared Lessons Learned Forum at Energy Exchange

Schofield Generating Station

2022 Winner: Schofield Generating Station Microgrid Load Control, U.S. Army

Register for Energy Exchange 2022 to attend the Award Winning Champions Shared Lessons Learned Forum sessions to hear best practices and more from a selection of 2021 and 2022 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners.

  • 2021 Award Winning Champions Shared Lessons Learned Forum: Tuesday, October 25, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. 
  • 2022 Award Winning Champions Shared Lessons Learned Forum: Wednesday, October 26, 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

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FEMP Focus

DOE National Laboratories Gather in Berkeley for the Smart Labs for National Labs Workshop

3-D model of a laboratory

Over one and a half days, thirty-five attendees from seven DOE national labs met at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in California for the Smart Labs for National Labs workshop. This group came together for targeted topics, networking, and tours to learn about the application of Smart Labs principles. Topics included LBNL’s ongoing commissioning program, kW Engineering’s Smart Labs incentive program, and how to perform a laboratory ventilation risk assessment. To learn more about Smart Labs, visit the Smart Labs Toolkit.

Federal Energy and Water Management Awards Ceremony Update

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 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

FEDS Spotlight Recognition Program Moves to Spring 2023

FEDS Spotlight provides an opportunity for agencies to shine a spotlight on federal employees going above and beyond typical day-to-day responsibilities to achieve mission success while also cutting energy waste, reducing costs, optimizing performance, and advancing America's progress toward energy independence, resilience, and security.  More information coming soon.

RFI Seeks Technologies to Help Move Federal Buildings Toward Net-Zero Carbon

Open from October 11 to December 9

A new request for information (RFI) seeks input from industry regarding technologies that can help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial buildings, improve grid resilience, and that have significant potential for equitable and broad adoption in the U.S. marketplace. The RFI, announced by GSA in collaboration with DOE, supports the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal to achieve net-zero emissions economywide by 2050.

“We’re eager to hear from industry about the emerging technologies that can help build on GSA’s success in greening our footprint and catalyzing innovation through programs like Green Proving Ground program,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “The Inflation Reduction Act will provide even more opportunities for us to transform federal buildings into high-performing, high-tech testbeds for clean energy innovation.”

Read more about the RFI.

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FEMP Resources Spotlight

New Technical Specifications: Technical Specifications for On-Site Wind Turbines

This customizable template provides federal stakeholders seeking to install on-site wind turbines with requirements to ensure safety, compliance, longevity, and performance, including engineering and construction considerations.

New Guidance: Federal Metering

The newly released Federal Metering Guidance incorporates the following requirements from the Energy Act of 2020:

Water metering requirement, describing the process that agencies use to determine buildings appropriate for water meters and how to prioritize those buildings for water meters.

  • The document requires agencies to submit new Metering Plans within 180 days of the publication of the updated guidance.

  • DOE will conduct a standard assessment review of all agency Metering Plans every two years after the original plans are submitted and received.

The agency metering determination process and metering programmatic documentation process were updated to include feedback received from federal agencies and ensure it meets the statutory requirements. 

The document includes an appendix with recommended best practices for comprehensive metering planning, including metering implementation, cybersecurity, data management and analysis, and program performance. FEMP will be hosting informational webinars on the updated Metering Guidance and will be hosting a pre-Energy Exchange Workshop on the Metering Guidance

All federal agencies shall submit their agency metering implementation plans to FEMP by April 3, 2023.

New Technical Memo: Demand Flexibility in Labs

Demand Flexibility (DF) is a key component of Grid-interactive Energy Buildings (GEBs) and Energy Management Information Systems. Can DF be applied to laboratory buildings? This technical memo from FEMP and Berkeley Lab summarizes the opportunities and challenges for implementing DF in laboratories, based on input from several federal organizations.

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Upcoming Live Trainings

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

50001 Ready Cohort Alumni Get-Together

October 25, 2022 | 5:30 PM ET

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

This event is for all federal sites that have attended, are attending, or are interested in a 50001 Energy Management System. It will recognize individual site achievements, summarize 50001 Ready Program updates, discuss best practices, share lessons learned, and provide feedback from sites. Contact Kendall Kam if you're 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.

EV Champion Training Series

The Electric Vehicle (EV) Champion Training Series is hosted by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and designed to provide fleet managers and coordinators with the skills and knowledge to become subject matter experts in EV implementation.

EV Technology and Financial Considerations

2 Hours | 0.3 CEUs | Introductory

This training focuses on the importance of EV technology and financial considerations for agencies considering fleet electrification and serves as an introduction to electric vehicle technology and considerations for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installation.

EVSE Power and Installation Requirements

2 Hours | 0.3 CEUs | Intermediate

This training focuses on the importance of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) power requirements and electric utility infrastructure and serves as an introduction to selecting the best EVs for your fleet, and the planning and installation of the necessary EVSE.

Performing EV Site Assessments

3 Hours | 0.4 CEUs | Intermediate

This training focuses on the importance of EV technology and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and serves as an introduction to site planning and design of the necessary EVSE.

Advanced Site Operations

2 Hours | 0.3 CEUs | Advanced

This training focuses on considerations for EV site assessments, optimally operating a fleet of EVs, and managing workplace charging.

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