Selling Renewable Energy to the Federal Government: 1 - Renewable Energy Certificates  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1 hour
2:00PM - 3:00PM (ET)
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This training will help learners understand the challenges, considerations, and best practices surrounding federal procurement of energy attribute certificates (EACs). The definition of EACs includes the most commonly traded product, renewable energy certificates (RECs), along with attributes associated with other carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) generation technologies. This training will provide learners with an overview of the common procurement approaches used to acquire EACs in the federal sector, with a particular focus on the Indian Energy Purchase Preference provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.


Tracy Niro, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy  

Tracy Niro is the Utility Program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Tracy is a recognized expert in energy policy, federal utility service contracting, and utility energy service contracts. She also oversees electric and natural gas utility acquisitions for DOE sites nationwide and serves as the chair of the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group. Tracy was a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow, has completed detail assignments to the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the International Energy Agency, and was awarded a Fulbright Professional Scholarship to conduct energy research in Australia. Tracy began her career as a staff accountant for an investor-owned utility and has 20 years of experience in the energy industry including past experience leading the DOE FEMP Power Purchase Agreement Program and serving as coordinator for floating offshore wind regulation in Hawaii at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

William Tokash, Senior Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)  

William Tokash has deep expertise in the new clean energy procurement models that have emerged for distributed energy resources (DER), utility-scale renewable energy procurement, and workplace and fleet electrification now supporting at-scale decarbonization and net zero clean energy targets in the commercial & industrial (C&I) sector. His recent experience includes the oversight of renewable energy and EV customer programs American Electric Power and consulting on clean energy DER and EV solutions for utilities, Fortune 500 companies, equipment manufacturers and project developers at Navigant (now Guidehouse).

Jordin Metz, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)  

Jordin Metz is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), where he supports multiple efforts, including helping federal facilities meet carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) goals, supporting DOE utility acquisitions, and working on the Indian Energy Purchase Preference (IEPP). Before joining FEMP, Jordin served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he worked on environmental, water, and tribal policy. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rice University.

Raymond “Studie” RedCorn, Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs  

Raymond “Studie” RedCorn serves as a Policy Analyst for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. Before joining the Office of Indian Energy, Raymond served as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate, where he worked with tribes and municipalities on issues related to energy and the environment. He has also worked as post-doctoral researcher and instructor at the University of Washington, and a Civil Engineer designing wastewater treatment facilities. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University, an M.S. in Ecological Sciences and Engineering from Purdue University, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas.  Raymond is a citizen of the Osage Nation, and a member of the Gentle Sky/Peacekeeper clan, with roots in Pawhuska, OK.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify what EACs are and understand that RECs are a type of EAC;
  • Describe different EAC markets;
  • Prepare EAC procurement strategies;
  • Describe how to buy/sell EACs;
  • Identify common challenges associated with EAC procurement;
  • Describe the concept of EAC "retirement";
  • Identify opportunities associated with the Indian Energy Purchase Preference requirement in EPAct 2005 for Tribes and Tribal Majority Owned Businesses;
  • Identify available FEMP and other resources to help agencies implement successful CFE procurement.
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