Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity (CFE) Opportunities in Michigan  

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

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

Learn first-hand from utility representatives about carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) options available to customers in Michigan. This falls within a series of webinars providing federal customers the opportunity to engage directly with utility representatives and learn how available programs can help agencies meet the CFE requirements of Executive Order 14057. Tune in to hear representatives from American Electric Power, DTE Energy, and Consumers Energy describe their clean energy programs. This webinar is specifically geared toward energy and sustainability managers with federal facilities in Michigan, but other interested agency personnel and the public are welcome to attend.


Sujata Rajpurohit, Federation of American Scientists Impact Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)  

Sujata Rajpurohit is a Federation of American Scientists Impact Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). She works to help federal facilities meet carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) goals, including the goal of achieving 50 percent 24/7 carbon pollution-free electricity by 2030, and to support implementation of Justice40 across FEMP's program areas. Prior to this role, she was an Associate with the World Resources Institute's U.S. Climate team, where she modeled impacts of sub-national climate action and policies to decarbonize the economy in ways that promote racial and economic equality. She holds an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University, and a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Ebony Atkinson, Public Utility Branch Chief, Contracting Officer, General Services Administration  

Ebony Atkinson is the GSA Public Utility Services Branch Chief and Contracting Officer for the GSA's Natural Gas Acquisition and Areawide Program. Under the Public Utility Services Branch, Mrs. Atkinson also oversees the Utility Delegations Program. Mrs. Atkinson's work involves providing client agencies with natural gas supply, access and ease of ordering and managing utility services (i.e., electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater, and steam), and providing access to unique energy procurement and contracting expertise. Over the past 13 years, she has led and supported energy and acquisition programs while providing contract management and technical support to government clients. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Art and Education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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.

Vin Acquista, Senior Renewable Energy Sales Consultant, DTE Energy  

Vin Acquista serves as Senior Sales Consultant, providing guidance to DTE's largest commercial and industrial customers. His work focuses on helping customers meet scope 2 and scope 3 emissions goals via the evolving portfolio of DTE renewable energy products. Prior to working in renewable energy, Vin started his career working for large banks serving as institutional salesperson, sales manager, and organizational founder in capital markets. In his free time, Vin enjoys serving as Oakland University's lead faculty for Sales mentoring college students seeking careers in customer-facing roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from New York University and earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School.

Dave Patterson III, Senior Energy Solutions Manager, Consumers Energy  

Dave Patterson acts as a Senior Energy Consultant for Consumers Energy. Dave has a passion for helping Michigan businesses reduce their energy costs and achieve sustainability goals through energy waste reduction, financial incentives/rebates, energy use analysis, and enrolling customers in Consumers Energy Renewable Energy Programs. Dave's largest customer is the Federal Government and he is excited to present Consumers Energy's Renewable Energy Programs to agencies within the Federal Goverment. Dave has over 13 years of experience in Account Management in the Telcom/Utility field. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Resources (Training and Design) from Oakland University.

Tracie Cabler, Senior CFE Program Analyst, General Services Administration  

As a Senior Analyst, Tracie manages contractor performance on CFE support contracts, works with utilities to enroll GSA Regions in green tariff and pricing programs, and more. Prior to joining GSA's CFE team, she worked almost 10 years as an Architect, with over five (5) spent in the private sector working on multi-family, high-rise design and construction projects. She's earned degrees in Architecture from Georgia Tech and the University of Virginia, and has an Executive Certificate in Leadership from Cornell. She currently resides in Hampton, Virginia where she enjoys art, volunteering, spending time with family, and going to the beach.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize carbon pollution-free electricity goals in Executive Order 14057;
  • Identify existing utility programs to facilitate CFE purchases in Michigan;
  • Identify how to leverage available FEMP and other resources to help agencies meet CFE goals.