Launching a Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC): Getting to Yes!  

Education Type: 
3 Hours


AIA Learning Units: 
3.0 LU | HSW
0.4 CEU

This course is designed for Energy and Facility Managers, Contracting Officers, and others want
to develop and implement energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects on Federal sites under a Utility Energy Services Contract. Focusing on proven templates, contracts, and methods in the Federal sector, the training provides key considerations a site team should follow to partner with their serving utility to establish a UESC. This course covers initial steps to develop a UESC, how to build a solid team, ways to evaluate financing and contracting options, and early steps to initiate a UESC with a serving utility.


Karen Thomas, Senior Project Leader at NREL, support to the FEMP UESC Team   

The instructor for this course is Karen Thomas at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Ms. Thomas is a senior project leader at NREL where she supports the FEMP UESC team. She provides technical support, instructs UESC workshops, and provides assistance to Federal acquisition teams. Prior to working with NREL, Ms. Thomas worked for 16 years at a large investor-owned utility. There she designed commercial and residential electric distribution systems and served as marketing representative for large commercial and governmental customers. Ms. Thomas holds a B.S. in business administration and has pursued graduate studies in an MBA program.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will learn to manage the process for conducting a water assessment in a Federal building including:

  • Evaluating your serving utilities' interest and capabilities in partnering with your site to conduct energy and water efficiency projects;
  • Forming the best team to include the right skill sets necessary to get a UESC underway;
  • Answering common questions that might be raised concerning authority, procurement options, and funding options;
  • Working with the serving utility to identify the Energy Conservation Measures that can lead to the deepest savings;
  • Selecting the best contract vehicle to develop a UESC for your site; and
  • Evaluating and selecting financing options, including rebates and incentives.