Identifying Utility Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity (CFE) Purchasing Programs  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1 hour
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
0.2 CEU

In support of energy-related executive order goals and legislative mandates, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is helping agencies understand the carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) programs available to them. In this training, FEMP will highlight a newly developed database of vertically integrated utility CFE programs. This training will also provide attendees with an overview of General Services Administration (GSA) areawide contracts, as well as typical CFE purchasing options, such as green tariffs and green pricing programs.


Doug Gagne, MBA, Project Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Doug Gagne is a project analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He currently provides early-stage federal project development support for renewable energy and resilience projects, including techno-economic analyses to identify what mix of generation technologies will most cost-effectively meet a site's power needs. He also supports early-stage resilience project development and brings extensive federal procurement expertise.

Chandra Shah, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MBA, CEM, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)   

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She has been supporting the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) since 1998--helping agencies purchase off-site renewable energy, implement distributed energy projects, and achieve energy/water goals through utility energy service contracts (UESC) and other utility partnerships. Chandra is a co-author of the ESPC ESA Toolkit and other ESPC ESA templates. She is a CEM and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Matt Joyner, MBA, Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Matt's work is primarily focused on supporting the Federal Energy Management Program in performance contracting and distributed energy procurement. Matt is originally from western Massachusetts, earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Western New England University. While at Western New England, Matt participated in Army ROTC and at graduation, commissioned as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers. After separating from the Army in 2017 Matt began working as a construction project manager with NORESCO, focused on municipal and federal energy savings performance contracts. He has experience overseeing and managing projects that include building management system and HVAC control upgrades, LED lighting retrofits, boiler and chiller installations, and combined heat & power plant build outs. While working with NORESCO Matt also completed his master's degree in business administration at the University of Connecticut.

Sushmita Jena, Renewable Energy Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Sushmita's work focuses on solar photovoltaics adoption, cost reduction pathways, and renewable energy procurement for large commercial and industrial load. She has a Master in Renewable Energy Technology and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Washington DC. She received her bachelor's in Business Administration in India and has worked for a decade building products and solutions for the impact sector in Sub-Saharan Africa & Asia.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Leverage a new FEMP web database of vertically integrated utility CFE programs;
  • Identify E.O. 14057 eligible purchasing options;
  • Recognize how to utilize areawide contracts to facilitate utility CFE purchasing; and
  • Draw upon FEMP and other resources to help agencies meet decarbonization goals.
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