Federal/Utility Strategic Partnership UESC Training - TECO Energy  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
4 Hours
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)

Tampa, FL

0.40 CEU

*Registration is open and limited to Federal customers in TECOs service territory*

This workshop assists utilities in connecting with their federal customers for training and partnering opportunities, while providing training and partnership opportunities for federal customers. These meetings are typically one day and include a utility energy service contract (UESC) overview as well as presentations from the host utility on programs offered to federal customers.


Tracy Niro, Energy Technology Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)  

Tracy Niro is the Utility Program Manager and Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Chair at the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Tracy also oversees utility acquisitions at the Department of Energy. Tracy also serves as an advisor to the Distributed Energy and Energy Procurement Team at FEMP. 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, Senior Program Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Karen Thomas serves as the national laboratory lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program's Utility Energy Services Contracting 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 Federal Energy Management Program's Utility Energy Services Contracting 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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, learners 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 the resources FEMP makes available to help agencies implement successful UESC projects;
  • Describe the purpose and content of the initial project scope developed by the agency;
  • Understand methods and strategies to develop and implement successful UESC projects; and
  • Have knowledge of best practices used for a successful UESC.