Federal Funding 101: Options and Leverage  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
1.5 hours
10:30AM - 12:00PM (ET)

Pittsburgh, PA

0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This session will cover different ways to secure federal funding for energy & water projects, how to procure those funds, and how to use multiple avenues to complete the funding options needed for the entire project. We will address base annual funding, performance contracts (ESPCs and UESCs), internal agency grants, federal-wide grants, formula grants, congressionally directed awards, discretionary grants, cooperative agreements, payment programs, the Inflation Reduction Act, the Infrastructure Investment in Jobs Act, CHiPs Act funding, Energy as a Service, power purchase agreements (PPAs), bonds, and special purpose vehicles/entities.


Keith Yamanaka, Energy Manager, U.S. Army  

Since 2000, Keith Yamanaka has been the energy manager for 22 Army installations in Hawaii buying, selling, conserving, generating, and securing energy. In this role, he has executed and managed ESPCs, UESCs, EUL, demand response, and large scale interconnected distributed energy resources to obtain 13 days of energy and water resilience for 85% of the Army community for the next 35 years. He has served on the technical committee for the Hawaii State Solar Integration Study, serves as the DOD representative on the Hawaii Integrated Grid Planning Council, and represents the Army on the Hawaii Resilience Working Group to build a resilient and renewable energy future for the Army and Hawaii. From 1984 to 2000 Keith commissioned submarine hull, propulsion, and auxiliary systems for the U.S. Navy and managed electrical and mechanical plant operations and maintenance for Tripler Army Hospital.

Katy Christiansen, Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Katy Christiansen is a project manager in the Project Development and Finance Advisory Group at NREL leading resilience and sustainability efforts. Katy's area of expertise includes strategic planning, project development, and analysis for the defense, federal, utility, and non-profit sectors. Her current focus is in resilience analysis for complex organizations and best practices for developing advanced infrastructure systems.

Soudeh Motamedi, Sustainability Manager, U.S. Department of Energy  

Soudeh Motamedi is a sustainability manager at BCS LLC where she provides project management, sustainability management, and systems requirements advice to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Specific areas of expertise include analytical and technical assistance on energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy systems, and greenhouse gas emission inventories. Most recently, Soudeh has focused on leveraging technology to automate and streamline sustainability reporting to reduce reporting time and costs, improve data quality, and information for decision makers by providing technical and design input, and functionality requirements for the development of the DOE Sustainability Dashboard. She has M.A. in economics and International Relations from Syracuse University and a B.S. in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize multiple pathways to secure federal funding for energy and water projects;
  • Identify how base funding differs from ESPC or UESC funding;
  • Identify how to leverage different grants or additional funding to augment Energy Contracting;
  • Select ways that the Inflation Reduction Act can help fund a project;
  • Recognize the difference between an ESPC, UESC, Special Purpose Vehicle and Energy-as-a-Service.