Setting Escalation Rates Responsibly: FEMP Guidance and the EERC  

Education Type: 
Live Online
Duration: 
1 Hour
Level: 
Intermediate
Date: 
09-23-2021
Time: 
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
FEMP IACET: 
0.2 CEU

This webinar will educate attendees (federal employees, utility and ESCO representatives) who work with performance contracts about how to follow the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) guidance on escalation rates and how to use the Energy Escalation Rate Calculator (EERC). It will focus on the importance of setting escalation rates responsibly (i.e., not unduly low, which raises interest costs and potentially sacrifices project scope, or high, which exposes the customer to the risk that actual monetary savings will fall short of contractor payments). In addition, this webinar will train attendees on the proper use of the online NIST/FEMP EERC tool, including the handling of carbon pricing.

Instructors

Dr. Joshua Kneifel, Economist, National Institute of Standards and Technology  

Dr. Joshua Kneifel is an economist in the Applied Economics Office of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is the project leader for "Metrics and Tools for Sustainable Buildings," a project that uses measurement science to develop and implement metrics, data, and tools for quantifying sustainability performance in buildings. This project implements whole building simulations, life cycle costing, and life cycle assessment to determine the economic, environmental, and occupant consequences of increasing the energy efficiency of building construction. Dr. Kneifel is also the project lead for the Building Life Cycle Cost (BLCC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program that provides resources to support federal life cycle cost (LCC) analysis, including the Federal LCC Methodology (Handbook 135), Energy Escalation Rate Calculator (EERC) web app, and BLCC software.

Phil Coleman, MS, CEM, CMVP, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  

Phil Coleman has worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) since 1996. He is a technical advisor to the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) ESPC program, focusing particularly on utility rates and measurement and verification of savings. Phil also spearheaded an initiative to educate federal facilities on efficiency and renewable project incentives, demand response, utilities procurement, and "rate-responsive building operation." Internationally, he has advised governments in Mexico, India, Chile, and Jordan on developing public sector energy conservation programs. Phil received his bachelor's degree from Earlham College (1986) and his master of science in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania (1994). He also holds the Association of Energy Engineers' Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) designations.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the benefit of escalating rates, as well as the risk of over-escalating, in performance contracts (ESPCs, UESCs, and PPAs);
  • Identify the key elements in FEMP's escalation rates guidance;
  • Recognize the appropriate escalation rate for any commodity or service in any domestic performance contract; and
  • Identify the appropriate values to key factors (e.g., sector, inflation rate, and carbon pricing policy) in using EERC for a performance contract at your site(s).
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: