ENABLE Overview and Strategic Use  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
2 Hours
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (MT)

Denver, CO

0.20 CEUs

This pre-event workshop will explain the ESPC ENABLE program parameters and misconceptions, as well as examine strategic methods for special initiatives.


Ira Birnbaum, Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)  

Since mid-2015 Ira has been the ESPC ENABLE program manager at DOE's FEMP under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Previously, Ira supervised the policy and technical assistance team in the DOE Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, where he oversaw assistance to advance deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, programs, and financing mechanisms among state and local governments. Prior to DOE, Ira spent 18 years as energy efficiency and clean energy coordinator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he designed and managed U.S. foreign assistance projects in the Europe and Eurasia region. Ira previously worked as a consultant advising utilities serving 35 states and five Canadian provinces on the design, implementation, and evaluation of energy efficiency demand-side management programs. Ira began his career with two utilities, TVA and Austin Energy, where he designed and managed some of the country's earliest energy efficiency demand-side management programs. Ira has a master's degree in public policy from the University of Texas and a BA from the State University of New York at Albany.

John R. Bollinger, PE, Capital Assets Management Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

John Bollinger is a 40-year federal employee. He spent his first 24 years in the U.S. Navy in the facilities management and Seabees areas of work at several duty stations around the world. He retired in 2002. For the past 16 years, he has worked at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD. He was the day-to-day facilities manager of the campus for the first 10 years. Now he is the capital assessment management group leader, responsible for facilities condition assessments, energy conservation, sustainability, and campus long range and master planning.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Understand the types of projects that can be accomplished via ESPC ENABLE;
  • Understand the basic process used in an ESPC ENABLE project;
  • Be able to examine strategic methods for undertaking special initiatives using ESPC ENABLE (e.g., undertaking new energy conservation measures (ECMs) in facilities where ESPCs have already been done, installing PVs and LED projects based on the ECM costs, achieving increased border security and safety by border fence lighting); and
  • Use ESPC ENABLE to achieve resilience planning and project implementation.
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