ESPC ESA Webinar Series: DOE ESPC ENABLE with an ESA   

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours


0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This webinar will provide instructions and resources for financing distributed energy projects (e.g. on–site renewable energy, storage, and combined heat and power) using an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) energy sales agreement (ESA) through the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) ESPC ENABLE contract vehicle. The ESPC ENABLE contract vehicle is a streamlined procurement process that uses a standard investment grade audit tool and standard contract templates. Topics that will be covered in the webinar include:

  • An overview of the ESPC ENABLE contract vehicle;
  • ESA–specific considerations for ENABLE contracts; and
  • Case studies.

This webinar will also provide an overview of the resources available on the Federal Energy Management Program website, such as ESPC ENABLE templates.

This webinar is the fourth of a series that provides information, best practices, and resources for implementing an ESPC ESA project. ESPC ESAs are a great option for federal sites that are motivated to reduce site costs, have no capital investment funding, and cannot use the U.S. Department of Defense 10 USC 2922a authority for long–term contracting.

Below is a list of all of the webinars in this series:


Phil Voss, B.S. Architectural Engineering, Senior Procurement Specialist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)  

Phil is working with the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) team as a federal energy procurement specialist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Phil previously worked as senior project leader for the FEMP team, served as technical team leader for the U.S. Department of Energy's energy savings performance contract (ESPC) program, and represented NREL on the Federal ESPC Steering Committee.

Chandra Shah, CEM, MBA, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)  

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

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand the benefits of implementing an ESPC ESA using the DOE ESPC ENABLE contract vehicle;
  • Be familiar with the process for developing an ESPC ESA using the DOE ESPC ENABLE contract vehicle;
  • Understand the key contractual considerations to ensure a successful project; and
  • Be familiar with available resources.

This webinar supports the following FBPTA learning objectives:

  • 4.3.3: Demonstrate knowledge of alternative financing options for energy projects;
  • 4.5.8: Demonstrate knowledge and ability to develop UESC and ESPC;
  • 9.1.1: Demonstrate ability to work in integrated project teams to execute small, medium, and large projects;
  • 10.3.2: Demonstrate knowledge of rules and requirements for purchasing products and services; and
  • 10.3.3: Demonstrate ability to assess technical requirements needed to ensure delivery and quality of services/products.