Basics of Energy Conservation Measures for Performance Contracts  

Education Type: 
1.5 hours
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

Having a fundamental understanding of energy related concepts and technologies is imperative for personnel working on the implementation of energy related projects, specifically the Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) and Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) contract vehicles. This training provides attendees with an introductory understanding of energy related concepts and how those concepts are related to energy conservation. In this workshop, FEMP will discuss energy concepts that provide attendees with a fundamental understanding of the core principles of energy conservation and renewable energy generation technologies. Attendees will hear about the basic units of energy and power as well as receive an introduction to the various energy conservation measures (ECMs) implemented to improve efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and provide clean energy solutions to federal agencies.


Ethan Epstein, Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program  

Ethan Epstein is the Program Manager and Technical Lead for the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) resilience program. At FEMP, Ethan works with both the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to provide federal facilities with technical assistance and develop resources and tools focused around energy/water resilience and climate change. This includes developing strategies to integrate various programmatic efforts including but not limited to climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience, decarbonization, resilience quantification, and resilience planning.

Matt Joyner, Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)  

Matt works as a project manager in NREL's Project Development and Finance Group within the Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support Center. His work is primarily focused on supporting the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in performance contracting and distributed energy procurement. Prior to joining NREL, Matt was an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and worked as a construction project manager with NORESCO. He has experience overseeing and managing projects that include building management system and HVAC control upgrades, LED lighting retrofits, boiler and chiller installations, and combined heat and power plant build outs.

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.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize basic energy concepts, units of measure, and terminology;
  • Identify common ECMs implemented in federal performance contracts;
  • Identify the different ways that ECMs save energy and reduce utility bills;
  • Discuss considerations for evaluating site energy consumption and energy use intensity (EUI), as well as savings opportunities.