Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) Advanced Training, Day 1 - Contracting  

Education Type: 
Live Online
3 Hours
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
0.4 CEU

With increasing emphasis being placed on federal site energy efficiency, the importance of successful utility energy service contract (UESC) implementation is growing. Day one of the Advanced UESC Training presents topics aimed at assisting agency staff, utilities, and energy service companies (ESCO) in the development and execution of UESCs. Major topics in this webinar include legal and contracting considerations, project audit preparedness, and contract risk assessment and mitigation. Best practices and lessons learned will be shared by Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) experts with extensive experience developing UESCs for federal customers.

This course is intended for participants who have a basic understanding of UESCs. If you have not attended an introductory UESC training, please refer to the list of on-demand UESC courses.

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Russ Dominy, ESPC Instructor, BGS-LLC  

Russ Dominy is an experienced acquisition professional having served as the former acquisition director/chief of contracts office at NAVFAC Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center. Russ was the department head responsible for overall management of 50 employees, including 40 contracting personnel. Russ also has held positions as the supervisory contracting officer, procurement contracting officer (PCO), administrative contracting officer, contract specialist, acquisition manager, and contracting officer representative. Russ served as the PCO and source selection authority for all large contract actions including over $1B in ESPC contracts. Russ was responsible for Command Government Commercial purchase card consisting of more than $2 million in transactions annually.

Jeff Gingrich, Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Jeff Gingrich manages program and training development for the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Utility Team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He is an advisor in supporting development of utility energy service contract (UESC) projects and develops resources and curriculum for the internationally accredited UESC training courses for federal agencies and regulated utilities. In addition, Jeff supports a portfolio of projects at NREL that include energy savings performance contracts and Integrated Urban Services in the ASEAN region.

Chandra Shah, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She has been supporting the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) since 1998--helping agencies purchase off-site renewable energy, implement distributed energy projects, and achieve energy/water goals through utility energy service contracts (UESC) and other utility partnerships. She is a CEM and holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify legal and contracting considerations that may impact a UESC;
  • Develop strategies for identifying and mitigating project development, implementation, and performance risks;
  • Understand project audit standards and preparation strategies; and Utilize FEMP resources—tools, templates, training, and expertise—available for developing a UESC.


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