Identifying Roadblocks and Solutions in Performance Contracting  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
2 hours
3:30PM - 5:30PM (ET)

Pittsburgh, PA

0.3 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

During this workshop session, we will discuss common hurdles in Third Party Financed (TPF) projects. The session will begin with three example projects and discussion of challenges and how they were overcome. We will then open the discussion to attendees to ask their own questions and discuss as a group.


Tyler Harris, Energy Management Officer and Director of Energy, General Services Administration  

Tyler Harris is the Energy Management Officer and Director of Energy for GSA. Throughout his career, Tyler has led GSA in some of its most innovative programs and projects including helping to organize GSA's Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) approach which will include over $1.4B in performance contracts, installation of microgrid and grid-interactive efficient building technologies, and leading a push to purchase 100% renewable energy in over 100 federal buildings in Texas. Tyler oversees GSA's Energy Service Contracting Division, and has nearly $2B of ESPCs in performance and another $2B in development. In his previous role as Deputy Director for GSA's Center for Emerging Building Technologies, Tyler managed the Green Proving Ground, a program designed to leverage GSA's real estate portfolio to evaluate innovative emerging technologies. Tyler led evaluations that include carbon capture, state of the art heat pumps and renewable energy advancements.

Arturo Cordova, Senior Manager, Retail Energy Services, RWE  

Mr. Cordova is a PE licensed electrical and energy engineer with over 13 years of experience in project development, measurement and verification (M&V), sales, installation, project management and operations and maintenance (O&M) of renewable energy projects, energy efficiency projects and Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC). Arturo currently works at RWE Clean Energy as the Senior Manager for the M&V team. As the M&V Manager, Mr. Cordova helps customers with their decarbonization goals through measurement, verification, and reporting of energy savings. He is responsible for contributing and leading the measurement and verification team in the planning and execution of M&V approaches and services from the initial project development stages through the performance and service period for Energy Savings Performance Contracts. Arturo's customer and project experience includes working with VA Hospitals, K-12, universities, DoD facilities and other state and federal agencies.

Jody Wilkens, Vice President of Federal Contracting, Trane Technologies  

Jody Wilkens is Trane's Vice President of Federal Contracting and has 29 years of energy management experience. A Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Jody has managed over $700M in Guaranteed Performance Contracting Projects. Jody's team is currently leading overseas ESPC efforts at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Osan Air Base, South Korea, and Pacific with Marine Corps Installations Pacific (MCIPAC)-Camp Butler, Iwakuni, and Fuji. Under Jody's leadership, Trane's ESPC projects have received multiple awards including the 2014 FEMP Program of the Year and Secretary of the Navy Large Installation of the Year.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify project challenges and solutions within ESPC, UESC, and ESPC Enable projects;
  • Recognize challenges and solutions with planning and structuring Performance Contracts;
  • Recognize challenges and solutions with Performance Contracting project development;
  • Recognize challenges and solutions with Performance Contracting Post Construction;
  • Identify challenges and solutions with Performance Contracting M&V.