Executing Cost-Effective Distributed Energy Projects on Federal Sites  

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4 Hours 15 Minutes
1:15 pm - 5:30 pm (EST)

Cleveland, Ohio

0.4 CEUs

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This workshop introduces the implementation process for distributed energy projects.


Tracy (Logan) Niro, Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Chair, (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program   

Tracy (Logan) Niro is the acting Utility Energy Service Contract program manager and Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Chair at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program. Tracy also manages the Renewable Energy Procurement program and oversees utility acquisitions at DOE. Tracy was a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow and was awarded the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Climate Change and Clean Energy to Australia in 2013. Tracy’s career in energy began as a staff accountant for an investor-owned utility. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Rachel Shepherd, LEED AP and EMIT, (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)   

Rachel Shepherd works within the Technical Services team as the renewable energy program lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Shepherd manages technical assistance and analysis that FEMP provides to federal agencies identifying and pursuing on-site renewable energy projects. Prior to FEMP, Shepherd was a project engineer conducting energy audits and retro-commissioning studies for existing commercial and industrial facilities. She worked with building owners to identify and prioritize deployment of energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Chandra Shah, Senior Project Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Chandra Shah has supported the FEMP program since 1998 and currently assists federal agencies with renewable energy purchases. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Emma Elgqvist, Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Emma Elgqvist is an engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. As part of the REopt team, Emma’s work includes providing technical assistance and deployment guidance on RE technologies to meet aggressive energy goals, conducting renewable energy screenings, and evaluating RE and storage deployment potential. Emma also leads the NREL efforts of FEMP’s technical assistance program and portal which provides agencies with support in the most critical areas of RE project development. Emma holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in Engineering Management from the Colorado School of Mines.

Andy Walker, P.E., Energy Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Andy Walker is a Principal Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he conducts engineering and economic analysis of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for Federal agencies such as national parks and military bases and also for commercial and industrial clients. His patent on the Renewable Energy Optimization (REO) method of planning renewable energy projects across a portfolio of properties based on economic value was awarded the Thomas A. Edison Patent Award in 2015 based on innovation and impact. He teaches energy classes at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, and at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has led the Solar Energy Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is an ASME Fellow. Dr. Walker is the author of over 28 book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers including “Solar Energy: Technologies and Project Delivery for Buildings,” a reference book published by John Wiley and Sons. He has been recognized with awards from government agencies including certificates from President Ronald Reagan, Colorado Governor Roy Romer, and from associations such as ASHRAE and ASME. Dr. Walker’s credentials include a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, and he is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Kevin DeGroat, Program Lead, (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)   

Kevin DeGroat has worked in the field of energy and environmental policy since 1985, specializing in clean energy technology and utility markets, energy policy, standards and certification procedures. For the Federal Energy Management Program he provides analysis and advice to on renewable energy and GHG accounting and reporting for both FEMP and FEMP’s agency clients. For the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. DeGroat assembles and checks all energy and GHG reporting, analyzes trends, and organizes the data for additional analysis. He is currently leading a team developing a simple software program for auditors to enter data on building energy systems during walkthroughs to help populate DHS’ databases on building condition and energy systems. Mr. DeGroat has also worked with Sandia National Labs to support the IEA International Smart Grid Action Network’s (ISGAN) Smart Grid International Research Facilities Network (SIRFN). Clients have included the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Sandia National Laboratories, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Federal Energy Management Program, the Office of Solar Energy Technologies; the Geothermal Technologies Program; and the Office of Building Technologies Solar Heating and Cooling subprogram.

Mike Warwick, Senior Scientist/Engineer, PNNL   

Mike Warwick has been with PNNL as a senior scientist/engineer for 27 years. He has managed a wide variety of programs at the lab in the utility area including evaluating the performance of energy efficiency programs, auditing utility integrated resource plans, participating in transmission and power plant siting studies, conceptualizing DOE’s Smart Grid program, assessing renewable resource potential, and evaluating military installation energy security/reliability. His primary contribution is understanding interactions between competitive markets and utility operations, including interactions among loads, resources, energy infrastructure, and utility operating and regulatory requirements. For the past 17 years his primary client had been DOD and individual military services and DOE’s FEMP program. Prior to joining PNNL, he worked in the utility industry as a manager for resource planning and load forecasting and as a consultant in the areas of utility operations and management auditing. He has over 40 years of experience in the energy industry.

Gerald Robinson, Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL)   

Gerald Robinson is a Program Manager at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), Building Technologies and Urban Systems (LBNL-BTUS), and largely works on deployment efforts related to renewable energy technologies. Gerald is also part of a team of researchers investigating the potential benefits with greater use of DC power systems in buildings. Gerald supports two Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (DOE - FEMP) renewable energy programs that provide procurement and technical assistance to Federal agencies; Renewable Energy Procurement (REP) and Renewable Energy (RE). As part of his role in supporting DOE-FEMP, Gerald works on teams developing renewable energy programs for Federal agencies in efforts to increase taxpayer benefits resulting from procurements. Gerald has been working in commercial and institutional energy management since 1992. Gerald is an energy manager with over 25 years of experience initiating and completing a broad range of energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy system initiatives. Gerald has an extensive track record of innovative yet practical problem solving in both the private and public sectors. Extensive knowledge of all phases of project development and implementation including technical sales, research, project finance, audits, building commissioning, analysis, specifications writing, construction management and commissioning.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Understand the drivers for distributed energy projects on federal sites;
  • Understand the process, considerations, and best practices for implementing distributed energy projects and;
  • Be familiar with the resources available for implementing distributed energy projects.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: