Lessons Learned from Past Federal Distributed Energy Projects  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
2 Hours
1:15 PM - 3:15 PM (MT)

Denver, CO

0.20 CEUs

This pre–event workshop will tap into a deep well of federal project development history to help federal agencies execute more effective distributed energy (DE) projects. This workshop will have two mini sessions. The first session will cover distributed energy operational challenges and potential solutions that can be applied to existing and future DE projects. The second session will involve a discussion of common DE project procurement showstoppers and strategies to address them, including a brief overview of ESPC energy sales agreements, which can address issues such as long-term contracting authority.


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

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 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.

Gerald Robinson, Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  

Gerald supports two Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) distributed renewable energy areas that provide procurement and technical assistance to federal agencies: renewable energy procurement and renewable energy. Gerald largely works on deployment efforts related to renewable energy technologies with a focus on solar photovoltaics reliability issues. As part of his role in supporting FEMP, Gerald works on teams developing renewable energy programs for federal agencies in efforts to increase taxpayer benefits resulting from procurements. Gerald has been working in commercial and institutional energy management since 1992.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify and avoid common fatal flaws in distributed energy project development and operation;
  • Draw upon lessons learned from prior federal distributed energy projects;
  • Understand the distributed energy project development process; and
  • Understand the benefits and requirements of ESPC energy sales agreements,

This workshop supports the following Federal Building Personnel Training Act of 2010 competency areas:

  • 4.1.1. Demonstrate knowledge of distributed generation options and regulatory requirements;
  • 4.1.2. Demonstrate knowledge of Renewable Energy Systems — Solar (Thermal and Photovoltaic), Wind, Biomass, Hydropower;
  • 4.3.3. Demonstrate knowledge of alternative financing options for energy projects; and
  • 4.5.8. Demonstrate knowledge and ability to develop UESC and ESPC projects.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: