Identifying Utility Carbon-Pollution Free Electricity (CFE) Purchasing Programs  

Education Type: 
1 hour
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

In support of energy-related executive order goals and legislative mandates, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is helping agencies understand the carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) programs available to them. In this training, FEMP will highlight a newly developed database of vertically integrated utility CFE programs. This training will also provide participants with an overview of General Services Administration (GSA) areawide contracts, as well as typical CFE purchasing options, such as green tariffs and green pricing programs.


Doug Gagne, MBA, Project Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Doug Gagne is a project analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He currently provides early-stage federal project development support for renewable energy and resilience projects, including techno-economic analyses to identify what mix of generation technologies will most cost-effectively meet a site's power needs. He also supports early-stage resilience project development and brings extensive federal procurement expertise.

Chandra Shah, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MBA, CEM, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)  

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She has been supporting the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) since 1998--helping agencies purchase off-site renewable energy, implement distributed energy projects, and achieve energy/water goals through utility energy service contracts (UESC) and other utility partnerships. Chandra is a co-author of the ESPC ESA Toolkit and other ESPC ESA templates. She is a CEM and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Leverage a new FEMP web database of vertically integrated utility CFE programs;
  • Identify E.O. 14057 eligible purchasing options;
  • Recognize how to utilize areawide contracts to facilitate utility CFE purchasing; and
  • Draw upon FEMP and other resources to help agencies meet decarbonization goals.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: