UESC Comprehensive Training (Virtual): Day 1  

Education Type: 
Live Online
2 Hours
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
0.3 CEU

This is a 3-Day training. January 25, 2022 - January 27, 2022. Register for DAY 1 by selecting the blue tab on the right labeled: "Register for Course." You MUST register for each day. You can do so by using the links below.

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FEMP is helping agencies improve facility operations, upgrade infrastructure, save taxpayer dollars, and reduce carbon emissions by offering training and partnership opportunities with their serving utilities. A Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC), ideal for any size project, is a limited-source agreement between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. This comprehensive UESC training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance implementation. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and share proven best practices for ensuring projects save energy and meet performance expectations.

Day 1 Agenda:

  • UESC Overview and Background;
  • Authorizing Legislation & Federal Mandates;
  • Contracting Methods: GSA Areawide Contracts and BOAs; and
  • UESC Process Phase 1: Acquisition Planning.


Tracy Niro, Energy Technology Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy  

Tracy Niro is the Utility Program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Tracy is a recognized expert in energy policy, federal utility service contracting, and utility energy service contracts. She also oversees electric and natural gas utility acquisitions for DOE sites nationwide and serves as the chair of the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group. Tracy was a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow, has completed detail assignments to the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the International Energy Agency, and was awarded a Fulbright Professional Scholarship to conduct energy research in Australia. Tracy began her career as a staff accountant for an investor-owned utility and has 17 years of experience in the energy industry including past experience leading the DOE FEMP Power Purchase Agreement Program and serving as coordinator for floating offshore wind regulation in Hawaii at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law and is a licensed attorney in the State of California (inactive).

Chandra Shah, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MBA, CEM, Senior Project Leader, NREL  

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She has been supporting FEMP since 1998--helping agencies purchase off-site renewable energy, implement distributed energy projects, and achieve energy/water goals through utility energy service contracts and other utility partnerships. She is a CEM and holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Deb Vasquez, Senior Program Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Deb Vasquez is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory technical lead for the Federal Energy Management Program's utility energy service contract team. She provides technical support, training, and resource development for federal government energy projects that leverage utility industry capabilities and private financing to improve federal government facilities infrastructure.

Jeff Gingrich, Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Jeff Gingrich manages program and training development for the FEMP Utility Team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He is an advisor in supporting development of UESC projects and develops resources and curriculum for the internationally accredited UESC training courses for federal agencies and regulated utilities. In addition, Jeff supports a portfolio of projects at NREL that include energy savings performance contracts and Integrated Urban Services in the ASEAN region.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the basis of the UESC authority as a tool for achieving energy and cost savings at Federal facilities;
  • Describe the criteria for energy conservation measures (ECMs) and identify types of ECMs commonly included in projects;
  • Describe contracting methods for awarding UESC task orders; and
  • Identify key project considerations that should be addressed in the acquisition plan.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: