Renewable Energy On-site Project Implementation Process  

Education Type: 
4 Hours


AIA Learning Units: 
4 LU
0.4 CEU
LEED Category: 
Energy & Atmosphere
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This eTraining introduces a five-phase process for implementing federal on-site renewable energy projects to meet agency goals. The course reviews current statutory and Executive Order renewable energy goals, introduces available procurement pathways, reviews best practices from successful federal projects, and provides up-to-date technical tools and resources to support project success.

The course discusses the fundamentals of renewable energy systems, including primary components, requirements, and best practices for utilizing renewable energy for electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications at Federal facilities.


Rachel Shepherd, LEED AP, Federal Energy Management Program  

Rachel Shepherd, LEED AP, works within the technical services team as the renewable energy program lead for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). 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

Tracy (Logan) Niro, Renewable Energy Procurement Program Manager for the Federal Energy Management Program  

Tracy Niro is an energy technology program specialist for the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Tracy recently returned to FEMP after working as a renewable energy specialist in the Pacific Region Office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Tracy’s current responsibilities include leading three FEMP programs: utility energy service contracts, renewable energy procurement, and utility acquisitions for DOE. Tracy began her career in energy as a staff accountant at an investor-owned utility. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will learn to:

  • Understand federal requirements related to renewable energy (RE) and the pathways for meeting these requirements;
  • Apply the five-phase process for identifying and implementing RE projects;
  • Identify available RE procurement options; and
  • Access FEMP services and tools to help evaluate and implement RE projects.

NOTE: The executive order(s) cited in this course has/have been revoked and superseded by the latest executive order(s). For information on the latest federal energy and environmental policies, visit the Office of Federal Sustainability Council on Environmental Quality website.