Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) Training for Utility Representatives  

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2 Hours
10:15 am - 12:15 pm (EST)

Cleveland, Ohio

0.2 CEUs
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This webinar covers utility energy service contracts (UESCs), which allow utilities to provide federal
agencies with comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements and demand-reduction services. To enter into a UESC, federal staff, as well as utility representatives, must understand the legal parameters, contracting requirements, financing options, and other aspects of these agreements.

This training is designed specifically for utility staff, so they have the tools needed to better serve their federal customers. Utilities not currently offering UESCs will learn the steps involved in starting a program as well as the resources available from FEMP to help them identify, connect and partner with the federal facilities in their service territory.


Tracy Niro, Program Manager, (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program   

Tracy is the utility program manager and manages the renewable energy procurement program for the federal government. She oversees utility acquisitions at the U.S. Department of Energy. Tracy 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.

Karen Thomas, Senior Project Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

For more than 20 years Karen has served as the national laboratory lead for UESCs, an expert advisor, and facilitator of partnerships between Federal agencies and their serving utilities. She and her team developed the curriculum based on Federal requirements and policy, and she is lead instructor of the Advanced UESC training, helping to identify best practices for implementing comprehensive, dollar saving UESCs. Prior to joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Karen spent 16 years at a large investor-owned utility where she was a rate analyst and designer of electrical distribution systems.

Learning Objectives

After completing this webinar, participants will understand:

  • Basics of the UESC project process;
  • Key steps within each phase of a UESC;
  • Roles and responsibilities of the utility and agency partners in a UESC;
  • Which FAR clauses are applicable in a UESC;
  • How utility subcontracting works in a UESC;
  • Best practices for UESC project financing and;
  • The FEMP resources—tools, templates, training, and expertise—available for developing a UESC.
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