Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Three-day Training Workshop  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
3 Days
10-30-2018 to 11-01-2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Nashville, Tennessee

2.4 CEUs

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Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) allow federal agencies to implement energy
savings projects without up-front capital costs and special Congressional appropriations. An ESPC is a colaboration between a federal agency and an energy service company (ESCO). U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ESPCs can help federal agencies effectively meet their energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation goals.

This three-day training workshop provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the ESPC process and how to get started with a project at a site or facility. Training sections include exercises focusing on technical and contracting topics that provide the student with an opportunity to learn by doing. Video case studies offer viewers visual examples of projects at sites and facilities. Each training module contains ESPC best practices for each process.

Registration is open to federal employees, DOE national labs, and state and local government employees. Others, such as DOE M&O contractors may be considered on a case-by-case basis. The "Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Five Phases to Success" on-demand course is a prerequisite for attending this training.


Doug Culbreth, Federal Project Executive (FPE), , Oak Ridge National Laboratory   

Doug Culbreth is a federal project executive (FPE) supporting the energy savings performance contract (ESPC) program for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Doug coordinates ESPCs, including other third-party financing activities in the southeast and Europe such as utility energy service contracts, power purchase agreements, and ESPC ENABLE. Doug has more than 35 years of experience in the development and evaluation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the local, state, and federal government sectors. He has participated in the award of projects with a total investment value of more than $800 million.

Deborah Kephart, Allegheny Science & Technology   

Deborah Kephart is a retired federal contracting officer with more than 25 years of acquisition experience, including more than 13 years with energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs). She previously worked at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Golden Colorado, as a contracting officer with responsibility for DOE’s ESPC master contracts. Prior to that she was a contracting officer with the Department of Navy responsible for award and administration of numerous energy contracts. Deborah also served as auditor, supervisory auditor, and financial liaison advisor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency proving audit, pricing, and financial advisory services. She holds a B.S. in accounting from CSUN and is a California CPA.

Kurmit Rockwell, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Federal Energy Management Program   

Kurmit Rockwell serves as the energy savings performance contract (ESPC) program manager where he oversees services, tools, and resources needed to assist agencies with implementing successful ESPC projects. Over a career spanning 25 years, Kurmit's work included engineering and all aspects of ESPC project implementation for federal, state, and local governments. His work in the public and private sector energy services industry has focused on evaluation and implementation of energy and water cost-saving technologies, smart building energy optimization services, renewable energy systems, and demand side management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a Master's degree in building systems engineering from the University of Colorado. He is a registered professional engineer in multiple states.

Bob Slattery, Oak Ridge National Laboratory   

Bob Slattery is a program manager providing technical support to the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Bob conducts engineering and economic analysis for FEMP’s energy saving performance contract (ESPC) and ESPC ENABLE programs in the implementation of energy and cost savings projects at federal facilities. As an engineer of 24 years, Bob’s background also includes experience in the areas of advanced materials development, manufacturing and technology deployment. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University and a Master’s degree in engineering and technology management from Santa Clara University.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Explain the ESPC authority as a tool for energy and cost savings at federal agencies and why it is a departure from standard contracting;
  • Describe how ESPCs reallocate current spending and how agencies can ensure that their projects are of the highest possible value;
  • Describe the project planning activities that will set the stage for a successful ESPC project including the acquisition team’s critical roles and responsibilities;
  • Understand types of reliability and resilience measures that can be included in ESPCs and start your project with a notice of opportunity;
  • Describe why an agency needs measurement and verification (M&V) and why there is so much focus on M&V;
  • Discuss how ESPC projects are financed and what constitutes a good deal for the government;
  • Understand ESPC project acceptance and implementation/construction process;
  • Learn how to manage transitions from pre-award to post-award and;
  • Understand the performance period or life-of-contract quality assurance agencies are required to maintain.