Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar Session 1  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
3.5 Hours
8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (EST)

Washington, D.C.

0.40 CEUs

Session 1 is comprised of talks by representatives from Edison Electric Institute and FEMP as well as the following four topic areas.

  • Federal Cybersecurity and NIST SP 800-37;
  • Leveraging Federal Contracting Organizations to Meet Energy Needs;
  • Camp Lejeune Case Study; and
  • UESC Best Practices.


Tracy Niro, Utility Program Manager, FEMP  

Tracy Niro is the utility partnerships program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Tracy chairs FEMP's Federal Utility Partnership Working Group and is a recognized expert in federal energy procurement, alternatively financed projects, performance contracts, and federal energy policy. Tracy began her career in energy as a staff accountant at an investor-owned utility. Tracy 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.

Dr. Robert Ivester, DOE FEMP Director, FEMP  

Dr. Robert Ivester is the director of the Federal Energy Management Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He previously served in DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office for six years and worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for more than 16 years, leading and performing research in advanced manufacturing. Robert has been an instructor for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals program for graduate-level studies in manufacturing engineering for 18 years, a Society of Manufacturing Engineers Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received his doctorate in engineering and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and Master of Science in manufacturing engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Randy Monohan, U.S. Marine Corps  

Randy Monohan serves as the Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) federal government lead for all energy project development. In this capacity, he has facilitated and managed more than $1 billion in projects including MCAS Miramar's $20-million, base-wide microgrid; MCRD Parris Island's $92-million, base-wide resilience project (CoGen, Solar, Storage, Microgrid); MCB Camp Lejeune's $160-million steam decentralization; and MCAS Yuma's enhanced-use lease that provides unlimited base-wide backup power during any outage. Randy has more than 38 years of Marine Corps experience, first serving his country for 20 years on active duty and then 18 years as an energy professional, six of those as an energy consultant, before converting to federal service as the Installation energy manager at MCAS Miramar before his promotion to Lead Energy Projects Officer at HQMC. He has been recognized with three Presidential Energy Awards, seven Group Secretary of the Navy Energy Awards, and five Federal Energy and Water Management Awards.

Karen Thomas, NREL  

Karen Thomas is the national laboratory lead for the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) program. She is an expert advisor in supporting federal agency development of UESC projects. Karen developed the curriculum for and leads the instruction of the accredited UESC training courses for federal agencies and regulated utilities. She works with utilities to build new partnerships and grows the number of utilities offering UESC programs. Before coming to NREL in 1994, she spent 16 years designing distribution systems and serving as a rate analyst at a large investor-owned utility. Karen holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from Morgan State University and pursued her M.B.A. at Howard University.

Deb Vasquez, NREL  

As one of FEMP's UESC SMEs, Deb provides direct technical support and UESC training to federal agencies and utilities developing UESC projects; has led the development of the UESC Guide, the Performance Planning for UESC document, the UESC Report Template, and provides continued support with developing the technical content for the basic, advanced, and comprehensive UESC trainings. Prior to working at NREL, Deb was a mechanical and facilities engineer and regional energy program manager for the FAA.

Paul Matthews, Dominion Energy  

Paul received a BS in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Old Dominion University and has more than 33 years of experience with Dominion Energy including 11 years performing work in design, planning, and operations, and 14 years working with Dominion Energy's largest industrial and governmental customers on energy-related matters. For the past nine years, Paul has led Dominion Energy's Federal Energy Solution Group with overall responsibility for its utilities privatization and utility energy service contracting programs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, learners will understand:

  • How the SP 800-37, "Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems: A Security Life Cycle Approach" was developed and what it is intended to do;
  • The role of DLA in supporting UESC projects;
  • How to use UESCs for larger-scale projects like Camp Lejeune;
  • How to deal with potential challenges with UESCs; and
  • When to use Exhibit A for energy projects.
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