UESC Comprehensive Training  

Education Type: 
Live Online
6 Hours
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
0.7 CEU

This is a 3-Day training. June 15, 2021 - June 17, 2021. Please disregard the missing days in the date on the right-hand side.

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 serving utilities that explore contracting options available, 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. This 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.


Tracy Niro, Energy Technology Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy  

Tracy Niro is the utility energy service contract (UESC) program manager and Federal Utility Partnership Working Group chair at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Tracy also manages the Renewable Energy Procurement Program and oversees utility acquisitions at DOE. Tracy was a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow and was awarded the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Climate Change and Clean Energy to Australia in 2013. Tracy's career in energy began as a staff accountant for an investor-owned utility. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Chandra Shah, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MBA, CEM, Senior Project Leader, NREL  

Chandra is a senior project leader at NREL. She is the laboratory lead for FEMP's distributed energy procurement program and has been supporting FEMP since 1998. She is a co-author of the ESPC ESA Toolkit and other ESPC ESA templates.

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.

Phil Voss, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Phil Voss provides technical assistance for alternative financing programs and projects, supporting the the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program ESPC, UESC, and distributed energy initiatives. His work includes cross-coordination of these initiatives, performance-period support for ESPC projects, training development and delivery, and efforts to advance implementation of energy sales agreements at federal facilities. Phil also has experience managing project technical assistance, strategic energy planning, and representing NREL with a range of federal and non-federal clients. Phil has a B.S. in architectural engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, 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.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: