Performance Contracting for Maintenance and Operations  

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

Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This session will delve into Maintenance, Repair and Replacement (MR&R) for performance contracting. The session will cover the full range of MR&R for ESPC/UESCs, including best practices, pros and cons related to ESCO/Utility vs. agency performance of MR&R, risk assessments, aligning incentives for contractors to deliver top-tier MR&R and when agency MR&R is justified. Join us to gain insights into how to best implement MR&R into performance contracting.


Randy Smidt, ESPC/UESC Program Manager, U.S. Army  

Randy Smidt is the ESPC/UESC Program Manager in the U.S. Department of the Army Headquarters, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9 (formerly the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management) and has overseen the execution of over $2.1B in third-party investment in the last twelve years, winning the FEMP Director's award in 2016 for the efforts of the Army ESPC/UESC team. Randy had more than 30 years of experience in energy engineering, working as a consultant to utilities, ESCOs, commercial and federal clients before becoming the energy manager at Fort Belvoir and later moving to Army Headquarters. Randy also serves on the Federal ESPC Steering Committee as well as the Federal Council of the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group. In his spare time, Randy enjoys 18th century living history, outdoors and backpacking, being assistant scoutmaster in two different Scout Troops. For the first time this summer, he also taught three classes for Energy Merit Badge and Sustainability Merit Badge in a virtual summer camp.

Catherine Johnson, Department of Veterans Affairs  

Catherine Johnson has over 30 years of experience with government environmental, fleet, and energy programs. She currently works on the Performance Contracting Team for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) overseeing development and implementation of VA's alternatively financed energy projects. She is the primary liaison for performance contracting in Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) 7, 8, 9, 12, and 16. Catherine earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Maryland.

Kevin Warner, Owner, Dow Mountain Consulting  

Kevin Warner (PE, CEM, CMVP, CEA) has over twenty-five years of experience in the energy field. He is a Project Facilitator for federal ESPC and UESC projects. He has worked in the energy production, design, and efficiency sectors. Kevin has been involved with ESPC projects for many state and federal agencies. Kevin has worked with agencies and ESCO's to implement projects that meet guidelines and balance risk appropriately.

Scott Wolf, Federal Project Executive, Oak Ridge National Laboratory  

Scott Wolf is a federal project executive at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he supports the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program. Scott assists federal agencies in the western part of the country with launching successful third-party financed projects and has worked with most federal agencies in the field. He has 30 years of energy technology and engineering experience including performing technical analysis and energy program development in the government sector. He is responsible for assisting a variety of federal agencies with implementing alternatively financed energy projects. In this capacity, Scott provides expert advice and guidance to all levels of an organization that are responsible for completing multimillion dollar energy project deals through energy saving performance contracts and other mechanisms.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify Maintenance, Repair and Replacement (MR&R) options for performance contracting;
  • Recognize MR&R best practices;
  • Select the pros and cons of agency performed MR&R;
  • Identify how to quantify risk associated with agency performance of MR&R;
  • Identify how to align incentives to deliver top-tier MR&R and reduce performance risk.