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 utilities that explore contracting options available, including utility energy service contracts (UESCs). This course describes legislation that authorizes federal agencies to utilize UESCs and accept utility incentives to implement energy efficiency and water conservation measures. It highlights recent memorandums and policies related to UESCs, including those specific to the U.S. Department of Defense. The second part of the course presents common contracting methods and requirements, providing detail around the implementation of UESCs under a General Services Administration (GSA) areawide contract (AWC).
This training is part of a sequential series of UESC offerings. The recommended order of completion is:
- UESC On-Demand Webinar Series: Introduction Part 1 — Overview and Background;
- UESC On-Demand Webinar Series: Introduction Part 2 — Legislation and Contracting;
- UESC On-Demand Webinar Series: Phase 1 —Acquisition Planning;
- UESC On-Demand Webinar Series: Phase 2 —Utility Selection and Preliminary Assessment;
- UESC On-Demand Webinar Series: Phase 3 —Project Development;
- UESC On-Demand Webinar Series: Phases 4 and 5 — Project Implementation and Construction, and Post-Acceptance Performance; and
- UESC On-Demand Webinar Series: Advanced Topics — Performance Assurance.
Tracy Niro, Energy Technology Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy Read Bio
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.
Karen Thomas, Program Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Read Bio
Karen Thomas serves as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) utility energy services contract (UESC) 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 FEMP UESC 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.
Upon completion of this training, 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;
- Describe common UESC contracting options;
- Explain the relationship, in a UESC project, between a GSA AWC, a utility-agency master agreement, and a task order for design and installation of an energy project; and
- Describe resources FEMP makes available to help agencies implement successful UESC projects.