Save the Date:
Energy Exchange 2022
FEMP is actively planning for Energy Exchange 2022. Save the week of August 8th, 2022 on your calendar for this don’t-miss annual training event. More information regarding the delivery format and other details coming soon.
Things to expect at this year’s event:
- Insightful plenary speakers outlining federal priorities and presenting relevant solutions.
- Networking opportunities for coordination and collaboration among peers and agencies.
- Agency-driven training content to meet dynamic and growing challenges.
- Trade show and Technology Pavilion showcasing new and innovative technologies from industry and government.
DOE Hiring 1,000 for Newly Launched Clean Energy Corps
The largest DOE hiring campaign in more than 40 years is in high gear. DOE recently launched a Clean Energy Corps and announced plans to recruit 1,000 employees to implement the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s historic funding and help fast-track America’s clean energy future. The Clean Energy Corps is comprised of staff from more than a dozen offices across DOE — current staff and new hires — all working together to research, develop, demonstrate, and deploy solutions to the world’s greatest challenge.
For an opportunity to fight the climate crisis alongside expert staff, billions of dollars from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, world-class National Labs and technology, and the benefits of government employment; submit your resume using the DOE Applicant Portal.
Accelerating Deployment of Onsite Energy Storage
FEMP selected 10 sites to participate in its Energy Storage Initiative (ESI) focused on evaluating the opportunity to deploy battery storage on federal sites and the provision of technical and procurement assistance. For more information about the ESI, see the joint White House-DOE announcement.
FEMP/GSA-Funded EMIS Deployment Pilot Program Yields Results
FEMP and GSA partnered in a pilot effort to demonstrate how Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) integrated with facility systems can aggregate metered facility data to help federal energy managers optimize energy at the building and campus levels. Projects installed at four GSA facilities in Texas, Maryland, and Washington, DC showed that an EMIS can reduce overall facility energy consumption by 5-12% annually, with a minimal ROI of 2-3 years. Modeling and field work activities were completed in July 2021, in spite of COVID-19-related delays. GSA and FEMP will publish the technical assessment report in April 2022 and host a webinar demonstrating their findings. These projects will show how EMIS can be utilized by federal agencies to save energy and implement demand shifting and response. Visit FEMP’s EMIS webpages to learn more.
FEMP Resource Spotlight
This short guide provides prospective ESPC customers with key considerations for retaining an owner’s representative, specifically regarding recommended areas of competency and qualifications. It also provides a summary of resources to help with finding or soliciting owner’s representative services.
This report presents the results of a performance analysis of 75 PV systems across 16 federal agencies and sub-agencies. The results of the study were shared with participating sites to inform improved performance and to develop forthcoming best practices and FEMP resources.
This factsheet provides an overview and actionable next steps in the microgrid implementation process, and complements the FEMP report, Financing Microgrids in the Federal Sector.
NREL’s REopt® web tool now includes geothermal heat pumps (GHPs). Energy managers can simulate fuel costs, emissions, and resiliency impacts of converting conventional HVAC systems to heat pumps, which can help agencies reach site decarbonization goals by electrifying loads and meeting with onsite renewable energy. Additionally, a new modeling feature allows users to evaluate microgrids.
This updated section of the FEMP website helps agencies successfully implement an EMIS and meet federal requirements. With funding assistance from the Building Technology Office, FEMP provides a variety of research materials and resources, along with recommendations for successful EMIS use, including:
Upcoming Live Webinar Trainings
Visit the FEMP Training Catalog to view all available live and on-demand trainings.
Using Task Order Schedules in eProject Builder (ePB)
February 3, 2022 12:15 pm–1:00 pm | Register to Attend
This webinar helps attendees gain a quick understanding of what information must be included in an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) and utility energy service contract (UESC) task order (TO) schedule, such as 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. All ESPC TO schedules are prepared using eProject Builder (recommended for UESCs).
Decarbonization Considerations: Performance Contracting
February 16, 2022 12:00 pm–1:30 pm | Register to Attend
This webinar gives attendees an overview of the performance contract five-phase process, identifies opportunities to consider decarbonization strategies at various steps in the process, and shares best practices for integrating distributed energy into performance contracts.
ESPC Comprehensive Training Series
FEMP’s process for procuring an ESPC is comprised of five phases, with each phase divided into a series of steps. By following FEMP’s energy savings performance contract process, agencies can efficiently implement high-quality ESPC projects that are technically excellent, legally sound, and cost-effective for the federal government. This three-day series describes the details and steps involved with each phase of ESPC procurement.
Decarbonization Considerations: Onsite Distributed Energy Projects and Offsite Purchases
March 31, 2022 3:00 pm–4:30 pm | Register to Attend
This webinar provides attendees with onsite and offsite procurement strategies to maximize decarbonization, such as performance contracting, power purchase agreements, and offsite electricity supply arrangements.
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.
11 Courses | 0.2 CEUs each
A selection of Energy Exchange 2020 training sessions are now available in the FEMP Training Catalog. Sessions are between 1 and 1.75 hours in length and 0.2 CEUs can be earned for each course. A full list of on-demand trainings from prior Energy Exchange events is also available.
1 Hour | 0.2 CEUs | Introductory
This training guides you through the interconnection basics for federal agencies developing distributed energy projects. Basic considerations include understanding interconnection processes and timelines, interconnection siting considerations, technology-specific interconnection issues, and interconnect agreements.
1 Hour | 0.2 CEUs | Advanced
This training provides information on advanced interconnection topics for federal agencies developing distributed energy projects. Important considerations include common interconnection challenges (including interconnection agreements), potential solutions, and roles and responsibilities to facilitate a smooth interconnection process.
1 Hour | 0.2 CEUs | Introductory
This training provides information on how to understand utility tariff implications of a distributed energy (DE) project. Specific issues addressed are: comparing utility tariff options, common tariff structures (e.g., time of use rates), potential standby charges, and net metering policies.