UESC Executive Summary  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
2 Hours
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (MT)

Denver, CO

0.20 CEUs

This workshop will provide basic and essential knowledge of the utility energy service contract (UESC) contracting vehicle.


Tracy Niro, Utility Partnerships Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)  

Tracy chairs FEMP's Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) and is a recognized expert in federal energy procurement, alternatively financed projects, performance contracts, and federal energy policy. Tracy began her career in energy as a staff accountant at an investor-owned utility. Tracy 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, Senior Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Karen is the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) UESC national laboratory lead and UESC subject matter expert. She has worked at NREL supporting FEMP for 25 years, developed curriculum for and instructs FEMP's accredited UESC training and is an expert advisor in supporting federal agency development of UESC projects with serving utilities. Karen leads the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group UESC best practices sessions, works to grow the number of utilities offering UESCs, and facilitates federal utility partnerships.

Deb Vasquez, Senior Program Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Deb is NREL's technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) utility energy service contracts team. She provides technical support to federal agency and utility teams implementing UESC projects. As the technical lead, she develops acquisition and technical training materials and resources to assist efforts and results of federal government energy projects that leverage utility industry capabilities and private financing to improve federal government facilities infrastructure. Deb also co-instructs FEMP UESC in-person and web training and is a professional engineer.

Brian Boyd, Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Brian specializes in water resource management, building energy efficiency, and alternative finance. Some of his work experience includes development of strategic plans for water management at federal sites, technology demonstration and evaluation, energy and efficiency analysis, asset reliability, environmental and resource sustainability analysis, building HVAC performance evaluation and optimization, and identification of resource resilience initiatives.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the UESC statutory authority allowing federal agencies to participate in UESC programs;
  • Understand the steps in developing a UESC project;
  • Identify best practices to verify the sustained performance of installed energy conservation measures;
  • Develop the potential scope of UESCs and representative energy conservation measures.
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