Opportunities for ESPCs in Data Centers  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 Hours
1:00PM - 2:30PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

This webinar will present an overview of opportunities for using energy saving performance contracts (ESPCs) as a mechanism to finance energy improvements in data centers. First, an industry expert will explain ESPCs. Next, the training will review what makes data center efficiency improvements uniquely positioned and well-suited for an ESPC. It will explore considerations unique to ESPCs for data centers including important questions and practical considerations to advance data center inclusion in an ESPC project. Finally, this training will explore examples of successful data center ESPC projects.


Dale Sartor, PE, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  

Dale Sartor is a staff scientist/engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) where he focuses on building efficiency technology applications. He leads projects to develop and transfer new technology and stimulate the use of underutilized technology. Dale has an AB in architecture, and a master's in business administration. He is a licensed mechanical engineer and a licensed general building contractor. He has more than 40 years of professional experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications including 10 years as a principal of an architecture and engineering company and seven years as the head of LBNL's in-house energy management program. Dale is currently focused on RD&D on energy efficiency in buildings for high-tech industries (e.g., laboratories, clean rooms, and data centers). He oversees the Federal Energy Management Program's Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers.

Tom Hattery, Federal Project Executive  

Since 2002, Tom Hattery has been a federal project executive for U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program. In this role, Tom assists federal agencies with alternatively financed energy improvements through vehicles such as energy savings performance contracts (ESPC) and utility energy savings contracts. He covers the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states and all U.S. State Department facilities worldwide. From 1997 to 2002, Tom was an assistant director in the Maryland Energy Administration where he managed several programs including Maryland's Energy Performance Contracting, Million Solar Roofs, Home Energy Rating System, and biomass fuel. Tom is a former president of the Energy Services Coalition, a national organization promoting ESPCs.

Robert "RJ" Dydrek, Fort Knox Directorate of Public Works  

RJ joined the Fort Knox Directorate of Public Works in March 2009 as an energy program manager. He is a certified energy manager and holds a master's degree in engineering administration from George Washington University. The Fort Knox energy program received the Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award for nine consecutive years. The Fort Knox energy program has meet all presidential mandates several years in advance—30% energy reduction before 2015 from a 2003 baseline. Fort Knox earned No. 1 energy performing Army installation in the U.S. in 2014. It was the first Army installation to be net zero energy in early 2015.

Meghann Ison, PE, Schneider Electric  

Meghann Isonm P.E., LEED AP, is a project development engineer with Schneider Electric. In this role, she has worked to improve energy efficiency in federal data center facilities. She holds her B.S. in mechanical engineering from Washington State University.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand why data center efficiency improvements are well-suited for inclusion in ESPC;
  • Know practical steps to be take to determine the value of including your data center in an ESPC project;
  • Have lessons learned from agencies that have successfully incorporated data centers into their ESPC projects; and
  • Have relevant resources to assist the federal project executive and agencies in conducting additional preliminary work to further assess the potential of ESPC in their data center.
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