Advanced Utility Energy Services Contracting (UESC) (Workshop)  

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12 Hours


1.2 CEU
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The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) helps agencies meet their mandated energy savings goals by offering training and partnership opportunities with their serving utilities that explore contracting options available, including utility energy service contracts (UESCs).

Used for small and large projects, a UESC is a limited-source contract between a Federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. Federal sites benefit from UESCs by meeting Federal mandates, resolving site-specific challenges such as replacing aging equipment with new more energy-efficient equipment, and reducing operating costs.

The two-day Advanced UESC Workshop examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams—from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples. This workshop is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and supports the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 to equip energy and facility management professionals with the knowledge and skills to improve on-the-job competencies. Upon successful completion of an online quiz following the workshop, 1.2 CEUs will be awarded to attendees.

Learning Objectives

By completing this workshop you will have a demonstrated knowledge of:

  • 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;
  • Explain how and why agencies may contract with a serving utility without full and open competition, and what needs to be documented in the contract file;
  • Describe the difference between a Preliminary Assessment and a Feasibility Study;
  • Describe the acquisition process for obtaining a Feasibility Study under a GSA AWC;
  • Describe the relationship, in a UESC project, between a GSA Areawide Contract (AWC), a utility-agency master agreement, the FEMP Model UESC Agreement, and a task order for design and installation of an energy project;
  • Explain at what point in the process the agency issues a task order for design and installation;
  • List the contents of the task order;
  • Describe the agency's responsibilities during design and installation;
  • Describe requirements for performance assurance of UESC projects; and
  • List FEMP's recommendations for minimum required performance assurance activities for UESC project.