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. The two-day Advanced UESC Training presents topics aimed at assisting agency staff, utilities, and energy service companies (ESCO) in the development and execution of UESCs. Day 1 of the training will focus on contracting best practices, including key Contracting Officer (CO) responsibilities, reviewing and evaluating pricing proposals, project audit preparedness, and contract management. Best practices and lessons learned will be shared by FEMP experts with extensive experience developing UESCs for federal customers.

Day two (August 11, 2022) will focus on technical project development and implementation best practices. Participants are asked to register for each day separately and can sign up for the second day here.

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:

  • List key Contracting Officer responsibilities that are unique to UESCs;
  • Evaluate UESC proposals to ensure fair and reasonable pricing;
  • Develop audit-ready procedures for UESCs;
  • Utilize FEMP resources—tools, templates, training, and expertise—available for developing a UESC.


Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: