Decarbonization Considerations: Grid Interactive Efficient Buildings  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1 hour
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

FEMP is helping agencies understand how to meet decarbonization goals with grid interactive efficient buildings (GEB). This training will provide attendees with an introduction to GEB, how to work with utilities, and opportunities for federal sites.


Jason Koman, Energy Technology Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)   

Jason Koman is an Energy Technology Program Specialist at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). He leads FEMP's work focused on Grid-Integrated Efficient Buildings (GEBs), water sustainability and resilience, and cybersecurity. Jason began his career in the non-profit space with the Clinton Foundation as a global program manager for energy efficient, low carbon buildings. Moving into the private sector as a consultant to the US Department of Energy during the Obama and Trump administrations, Jason rose to the role of managing director at RE Tech Advisors, leading a team of 30+ consultants to deliver sustainability programs for the US EPA and DOE. Jason decided to return to DOE in 2021 to focus on decarbonizing federal government infrastructure and helping agencies meet their sustainability goals under the Biden administration. He holds a Bachelor's in Public Policy from Trinity College, Hartford and a Master's in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alicen Kandt, Senior Mechanical Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Alicen Kandt is a senior mechanical engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Alicen provides assistance in assessing technical and economic potential of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency opportunities as well as providing technical support of projects. Alicen's research interests focus on emerging technologies, the Water-Energy Nexus, particularly the quantification of the energy uses of our water infrastructure, and on the glint/glare impacts associated with photovoltaic systems. Alicen holds an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BS in mathematics from the University of Puget Sound.

Sean Pachuta, Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)   

Sean Pachuta is a research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) supporting energy management information systems and building analytical software initiatives. Pachuta supports energy optimization projects through software validation, analysis of data, and automatic fault detection and diagnostics across large building portfolios. Pachuta previously gained experience in connected buildings and energy engineering working for an analytical software company and a regional energy utility.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify opportunities and pathways to increase GEB deployment;
  • Identify how GEB interacts with DERs; and
  • Recognize how to leverage available FEMP and other resources to help agencies meet decarbonization goals.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: