FEMP Support for Natural Disaster Recovery  

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2 Hours
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm (EST)

Cleveland, OH

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The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) can assist agencies with disaster recovery
(e.g., hurricanes, forest fires). In particular, ESPC ENABLE provides turnkey design, installation, financing services with short implementation periods, while ESPCs can also be useful if actively managed. With no up-front funding required, project planning and development can get underway despite the uncertainty surrounding the prospects for disaster-relief appropriations. When provided, they allow for resilience and security of supply and microgrid features that may not produce significant savings in and of themselves but are important for allowing sites to operate independently of the grid and prevent future outages. Combined with renewable energy and energy efficiency features, affected sites can often be made operational and resilient in less than a year.


Sandy Morgan, Facilities Energy Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service   

Sandy Morgan is the facilities energy manager at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. He has been in construction management for more than 40 years. He is a professional engineer in Virginia and a member of the Virginia Bar. Sandy also has an associate degree in information systems technology.

Ted O'Shea, Vice President, ABM Energy, Hannon Armstrong   

Mr. O'Shea leads the ABM Federal ESCO as well as ABM’s power generation Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) company. Since entering the Federal ESCO market in 2013, ABM has been awarded 6 ESPC / UESC projects totaling more than $60M of capital invested into Federal facility infrastructure and operations. ABM has completed 2 DOE ESPC Enable projects, has 1 in construction and 1 project in the Investment Grade Audit (IGA) phase. Under Mr. O’Shea’s leadership, the ABM team has worked with DOE to enhance the Enable tool kit, reduce time and costs related to ESPC Investment Grade Audit (IGA) development and define the financing process. Mr. O’Shea served in the U.S. Army, as a Field Artillery officer, from 2000 – 2004. He deployed with First Armored Division to Iraq in 2003.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Recognize the potential impacts of natural disasters on federal facilities;
  • Understand the role of energy conservation measures in responding to disasters;
  • Assess the suitability of ESPC ENABLE and ESPCs to implement responsive projects;
  • Learn about examples of projects undertaken in response to disasters and;
  • Become familiar with applicable FEMP tools and services.

*This is not an accredited course*

Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: