Utility Energy Service Contract Training for ESCOs Webinar  

Education Type: 
Live Online
2 Hours
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

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 utility and energy service company (ESCO) that explore contracting options, including utility energy service contracts (UESCs).

A UESC, ideal for any size project, is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. To enter into a UESC, federal staff, utility representatives and ESCOs must understand the UESC process, legal parameters, contracting requirements, financing options, and other aspects of these agreements.

This newly developed webinar will help ESCOs better understand the UESC project process and the important role they play on the UESC project team. Participants will also learn about the resources and UESC project assistance available from FEMP. Best practices will be shared as well as guidance on how to best support their utility partner.


Karen Thomas, Senior Program Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Karen Thomas serves as the national laboratory lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program's Utility Energy Services Contracting 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 Federal Energy Management Program's Utility Energy Services Contracting 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.

Learning Objectives

In this course you will learn to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of alternative financing options for energy project by understanding the basics of the UESC project process (4.3.3);
  • Understand the authorizing legislation for developing UESCs;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to develop UESC by understanding the roles and responsibilities for ESCOs, agencies and utilities (4.5.8);
  • Understand the FEMP resources—tools, templates, training, and expertise—available for developing a UESC.