An Overview of the Clean Energy Rule  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 hours
11:00AM - 12:30PM (ET)
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This course provides a summary and overview of the Clean Energy Rule finalized in April 2024. It highlights the rule's implications for federal agencies and identifies FEMP resources and plans to aid agencies in implementing the rule in new construction and major renovation projects.


Rick Mears, Program Manager, Data Centers, U.S. Department of Energy - Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)  

Rick Mears, P.E., is program manager support for the Data Center program in U.S. DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). He also serves as the DOE FEMP lead for the Technology Validation and Sustainable Buildings programs. He has over 12 years of experience in the energy and sustainability fields and has provided energy resilience, energy and sustainability management, carbon accounting, and energy policy support across federal agencies. Rick is a Certified Energy Manager and has a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and an engineering degree from Cornell University.

Erik Mets, Senior Building Energy Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

As a Senior Building Energy Research Engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Erik has been focused on improving the built environment and reducing its impact. This has included participation in the Federal Energy Management Program’s Rulemaking, Audits, and Healthy Buildings efforts as well as code development including contributions to the reference manual for ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and the development of Standard 240P Quantification of Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Buildings. Erik is also considered a decarbonization subject matter expert and thought leader, contributing to the plans to decarbonize the PNNL campus through their NZERO projects. Prior to Joining PNNL Erik directed the technical aspects of energy and sustainability at a boutique consulting firm, focusing on bringing implementable solutions to developers, building operators and corporations. He holds a BS in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of Michigan and a MS degree in Applied Physics from Columbia University.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the requirements of the Clean Energy Rule;
  • Recognize when and how to apply the Clean Energy Rule to your agency's new construction and major renovation projects;
  • Identify FEMP resources and plans for supporting agency implementation of the Clean Energy Rule.