Realizing the Potential of Under-Utilized ECMs in ESPCs  

Education Type: 
3.5 Hours


AIA Learning Units: 
3.5 LU
0.4 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

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 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, he spearheads an effort to educate federal facilities on energy project incentives, demand response, and time-variable pricing. Internationally, Phil has worked with the governments of Mexico, India, Chile, and Jordan on developing public sector energy conservation programs. He received a Master of Science in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and also holds the Association of Energy Engineers’ Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) designations.

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.