UESC Comprehensive Training (Virtual): Day 2  

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 2 by selecting the blue tab on the right labeled: "Register for Course." Register for Day 3 by using the link below.

CLICK HERE to Register for Day 3 of the UESC Comprehensive (Virtual) Training

Day 2 of the Comprehensive UESC Training focuses on the utility selection (Phase 2) and project development process (Phase 3). Attendees will learn how to ensure proper notice and opportunity is given to all eligible utilities, as well as best practices for evaluating energy conservation measures via a preliminary assessment and investment-grade audit. This section of the training will also introduce strategies for developing performance assurance plans and managing data via eProject Builder.

Day 2 Agenda:

  • Phase 2: Utility Selection & Preliminary Assessment (PA);
  • Assessing eligible utilities;
  • PA responsibilities and considerations;
  • Managing data with eProject Builder;
  • Phase 3: Project Development;
  • Developing the IGA Scope of Work;
  • Performance Assurance Plan Development; and
  • Finalizing the Task Order for Construction.


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 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 process for authorizing and conducting a Preliminary Assessment and Investment Grade Audit;
  • Describe requirements for performance assurance of newly installed UESC projects; and
  • List the fundamental elements of a performance assurance plan and UESC Task Order
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: