Realizing the Potential of Under-Utilized ECMs in ESPCs  

Education Type: 
3.5 Hours


AIA Learning Units: 
3.5 LU | HSW
0.4 CEU

This course will focus on four specific energy conservation measures (ECMs) that are underutilized
in federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) due to common implementation barriers, such as savings-flow uncertainty or unevenness, baselining difficulties, and measurement and verification (M&V) process ambiguities. The five-module course will discuss each underutilized ECM separately: Demand Response, Cogeneration/CHP, Irrigation Efficiency Improvements, and Retro-commissioning.

Course modules will discuss common barriers and solutions for each ECM, along with related best practices for energy service company (ESCO) selection and measurement and verification (M&V). In-the-field experts will provide further insight based on their experience at federal sites. Many take-away lessons related to under-utilized ECMs can be applied to common ECMs, as well. This course is designed for those with experience with the ESPC process in order to provide insight into gaining additional savings from their ESPC projects.


Phil Coleman, Sustainable Federal Operations Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S. Department of the Energy   

Phil Coleman is a research analyst and program manager in the Sustainable Federal Operations Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where he has worked since 1996. He is a technical advisor to the Federal Energy Management Program's energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) program, focusing particularly on utility rates and measurement and verification of savings. Also in support of FEMP, Phil has spearheaded an initiative to educate federal facilities on efficiency and renewable project incentives, demand response, utilities procurement, and "rate-responsive building operation". Internationally, he has advised governments in Mexico, India, Chile, and Jordan on developing public sector energy conservation programs.

Before joining the lab, Phil prepared market research for a fast-growth alternative air-conditioning company and conducted residential audits and program evaluations for an energy-consulting firm. He received his bachelor's degree from Earlham College (1986), and a Master of Science in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania (1994). He also holds the Association of Energy Engineers' Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) designations. In addition to his professional pursuits, Phil is the president of a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions in the communities of his local school district outside of Philadelphia.

Learning Objectives

It is expected that individuals completing this training will be able to:

  • Evaluate the energy service company's (ESCO) capabilities, experience, and willingness to enter into a partnership on under-utilized energy conservation measures (ECMs);
  • Recognize the characteristics of commonly misconceived barriers and outline proven solutions;
  • Apply customized M&V methods to ensure successful performance and manage uncertainty and risk; and
  • Include under-utilized ECMs that have significant savings potential in an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project.