Executing Utility Energy Service Contracts: An Advanced Guide  

Education Type: 
4.5 Hours


AIA Learning Units: 
4.5 LU | HSW
0.5 CEU

A Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) is a mutually beneficial partnership between a Federal
agency and a utility for the purpose of energy management services. This course has been developed for Federal energy management and contracting/acquisition personnel seeking advanced skills in executing UESC contracting, including letters of interest, justification and approval requirements, preliminary assessments, feasibility studies, performance assurance, and project execution and closeout. This course reviews contracting language and available templates in detail and discusses advanced best practices.


Karen Thomas, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)   

Ms. Thomas is a senior project leader at NREL where she supports the FEMP UESC team. She provides technical support, instructs UESC workshops, and provides assistance to Federal acquisition teams. Prior to working with NREL, Ms. Thomas worked for 16 years at a large investor-owned utility. There she designed commercial and residential electric distribution systems and served as marketing representative for large commercial and governmental customers. Ms. Thomas holds a B.S. in business administration and has pursued graduate studies in an MBA program.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) and how they can help to meet site goals for energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable power generation, and demand reduction;
  • Follow best practices in contracting for major UESC tasks including Preliminary Assessments, Feasibility Studies, Project Design and Implementation processes, Performance Assurance, Final Acceptance, Invoicing Approval and Payment Processing, and Project Closeout;
  • Demonstrate mastery of how to use FEMP/GSA templates and forms to streamline the contracting tasks associated with the development and implementation of a UESC; and
  • Work step-by-step with your utility partner to implement a Utility Energy Service under a GSA Areawide contract or other appropriate contracting vehicle.