The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is helping agencies improve facility operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars by offering training and partnership opportunities with their serving utilities that explore contracting options available, including utility energy service contracts (UESC). Ideal for any size project, a UESC is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. The UESC Comprehensive 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.
Karen Thomas, Program Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Read Bio
Karen Thomas serves as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) utility energy services contract (UESC) team. She also provides technical support to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for federal agencies and utilities (nationwide) to implement energy- and dollar-saving projects in federal facilities. She is the lead instructor for the FEMP UESC workshops and provides technical support to federal acquisition teams. An additional aspect of her lead role is growing the number of utilities providing UESC through strategic-partnership building with key utilities and leveraging private-sector investment (approximately $200 million annually) in federal energy projects.
Deb Vasquez, Program Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Read Bio
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.
Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:
- Explain the basis of the UESC authority as a tool for achieving energy and cost savings at federal facilities;
- Identify the Federal Acquisition Regulation part that addresses acquisition of utility services;
- Locate and identify resources FEMP makes available to help agencies implement successful UESC projects;
- Explain how and why agencies may contract with a serving utility without full and open competition, and what needs to be documented in the contract file;
- Describe the acquisition process for obtaining a preliminary assessment and investment grade audit under a General Services Administration areawide contract;
- List the contents of a UESC task order;
- Describe the agency's responsibilities during design and installation;
- Describe requirements for performance assurance of newly installed UESC projects; and
- List FEMP's recommendations for minimum required performance assurance activities for UESC project.