Utility Partnerships for CFE Goals  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
1.5 hours
10:30AM - 12:00PM (ET)

Pittsburgh, PA

0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

Federal agencies and their serving utilities have been working through requirements, challenges, and opportunities for developing carbon-free energy procurement solutions in support of Executive Order 14057. This session will cover electric company and federal agency partnerships and their work towards achieving 100% carbon-free energy. Hear from GSA, DOE, and electric companies on how federal sites can benefit from these solutions.


Farrah Mandich, Presidential Sustainability Executive, General Services Administration  

Farah Mandich is the Presidential Sustainability Executive supporting the US GSA's implementation of carbon-free electricity (CFE) objectives. She leads collaborations with retail regulated utilities and supports a cross-agency Executive Order implementation team with strategic guidance and industry expertise. Farah came to the federal government from Xcel Energy, where she was the Director of Resource Planning and Bidding for the company's five-state Upper Midwest service areas. She has experience with formulating generation resource strategy and supporting economic analyses, overseeing large-scale procurement processes and testifying before state utility commissions. Prior to this role, Farah worked in Regulatory Affairs at both Xcel Energy-Minnesota and Southern California Edison, and a utility sector research specialist and renewable energy subject matter expert at McKinsey & Company. Farah earned her Masters of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Bachelors of Science in Economics from Texas Christian University.

Wendi Fleener, Director, Clean Energy, Duke Energy  

Wendi Fleener is the Director of Clean Energy at Duke Energy. In her work, she is focused on developing, implementing, and managing programmatic ways for customers to reach their sustainability goals throughout the Duke Energy footprint. Wendi graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and has her MBA from Queens University.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the Carbon-Free energy requirements sites must meet for Executive Order 14057;
  • Identify the intricacies of calculating grid-supplied carbon-free energy at agency/site level;
  • Identify considerations agencies/sites must consider when exploring carbon-free energy programs;
  • Identify example programs that meet Executive Order requirements.