ENABLE Procurement Issues & Model ENABLE ESA Project  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
2 hours
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)

Cincinnati, OH

0.3 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

Leaders of the ENABLE procurement system from General Services Administration (GSA) multiple award schedule (MAS) special item number (SIN) 334512, will discuss how to use the schedule, including explaining the energy system companies (ESCO) requirements. Experts will be available to answer questions from ESCOs and agencies.

A case study will be provided of a successful ENABLE project that features an Energy Sales Agreement (ESA) to implement a solar photovoltaic project. Perspectives will be provided by the agency's champion from its Office of Facilities and Property Management; the contracting officer; the ESCO; and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) ESA experts.


Stephen Bartley, Supervisory, Marketing Specialist, GSA, Federal Acquisition Services  


Kris Ann Nieswiadomy, Business Development Specialist, GSA, Federal Acquisition Services  


Michael Brown, Lead Contracting Officer for ESPC Solutions, GSA, Federal Acquisition Services  


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.

Douglas 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.

John Bollinger, Capital Assets Management Group Leader, Office of Facilities and Property Management, National Institute of Standards and Technology  

John Bollinger is a 44-year federal government employee. He spent his first 24 years in the US Navy in the facilities management and Seabees areas of work at several duty stations around the world, and retired in 2002. For the past 20 years, he has worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. He was the day to day facilities manager of the campus for the first ten years. Now he is the Capital Assessment Management group leader, responsible for facilities condition assessments, energy conservation, sustainability, campus long range and master planning, and fiscal year construction and major repair project programming.

Thomas Sherman, Contracting Officer, Chief, Procurement Office /National Processing Center, Department of Commerce/ U.S. Census Bureau  

Thomas Sherman is a FAC-C DS Level III (unlimited warrant) Contracting Officer with the United States Census Bureau at the National Processing Center located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Mr. Sherman has over 36 years of Federal Government acquisition experience ranging from micro purchase orders, up to multimillion-dollar contracts. He currently serves as the exclusive Contracting Officer (CO) for Energy Saving Performance Contracts (ESPC) for the Department of Commerce

John Selby, Project Manager, Legatus6  

John Selby joined Legatus6 in 2011 as the Project Manager and Site Superintendent for Legatus6's first solar project at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus, overseeing the installation of (4) arrays totaling 600kW to support research being conducted by NIST's Engineering Laboratory. Since then, he has worked as the Project Manager for several more megawatts of projects at Federal facilities including NASA Kennedy Space Center, MCB Quantico, US Army Reserve Sites and the National Institutes of Health. John played an integral part in developing the technical aspects of the NIST 5MW Solar project including integration of the system with NIST's Medium Voltage spot network, Utility and Owner SCADA design and also led the commissioning, testing and start up efforts for the project. John also was actively involved in the planning stages of the project including energy usage modeling and preparing financial addenda for the Investment Grade Audit portion of the project.


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

Since mid-2015, Ira has been at DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Ira serves as the ENABLE Program Manager as well as AFFECT FAC Manager. Previously, Ira supervised the Policy & Technical Assistance team in the DOE Weatherization & 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 Senior Advisor for Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, and Global Climate Change at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he designed and managed U.S. foreign assistance projects in the Europe & Eurasia region. Ira previously worked as a consultant advising utilities serving 35 states and 5 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 Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Texas, and a BA from the State University of New York at Albany.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the requirements of GSA MAS Schedule SIN 334512 (the ENABLE procurement system);
  • Identify how ESCOs can become listed on GSA MAS Schedule SIN 334512 to become eligible for ENABLE projects;
  • Determine capacity on existing facility infrastructure [EVSE Planning Form];
  • Identify how agencies can use GSA MAS Schedule SIN 334512 to implement ENABLE projects; and
  • Recognize how to use ENABLE to implement solar PV projects using ESAs.
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