Pre-Event WS: Getting Started With Your Performance Contract - Acquisition Planning and Contractor Selection  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
2 hours
1:00PM - 3:00PM (ET)

Pittsburgh, PA

0.3 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This workshop will step through guidance and best practices for federal agencies during the acquisition planning phase of a performance contract. Topic areas include navigating acquisition planning considerations for your letter of interest (utility energy service contract) or notice of opportunity (ESPC and ENABLE) such as project phasing; considerations for reserve accounts, leveraging appropriations, initiating a project with or without a preliminary assessment, use of the FEMP ESCO Selector Tools (ESPC and ENABLE), and considerations for contractor selection.


Kurmit Rockwell, ESPC Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program, Department of Energy  

Kurmit serves as the Performance Contracting team lead as the Contracting Officer's representative for the four generations of DOE ESPC IDIQ contracts. He helps FEMP's performance contracting team coordination services, tools, and resources needed to assist agencies with implementing successful performance contracts to achieve the requirements and goals of EA2020, EO14057, and the Climate Smart Building Initiative. Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Kurmit's work has included many aspects of ESPC and UESC project development, implementation, and performance for federal, state, and local governments.

Priya Stiller, ESPC Program Manager, Department of Energy, Federal Energy Management Program  

Priya is the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Ms. Stiller has experience serving as ESPC project manager at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering (USACE) Support Center in Huntsville and as a civil works project manager overseeing infrastructure investigation and construction projects for the USACE Savannah District. She performed assignments at the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Headquarters USACE. Prior to entering government service in 2009, she worked as a marketing communications specialist For Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. on their renewable energy and chemical industry business lines. She holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business and a master's degree in Systems Engineering Management from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Scott Wolf, Federal Project Executive, Oak Ridge National Laboratory  

Scott Wolf is a federal project executive at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he supports the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program. Scott assists federal agencies in the western part of the country with launching successful third-party financed projects and has worked with most federal agencies in the field. He has 30 years of energy technology and engineering experience including performing technical analysis and energy program development in the government sector. He is responsible for assisting a variety of federal agencies with implementing alternatively financed energy projects. In this capacity, Scott provides expert advice and guidance to all levels of an organization that are responsible for completing multimillion dollar energy project deals through energy saving performance contracts and other mechanisms.

Christine E. Walker, PhD, PE, CEM, CMVP, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Dr. Christine Walker is a Senior Energy Advisor, providing technical support to the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and the Department of Defense. She performs engineering and economic analyses for the implementation of energy, resiliency, and cost savings projects at federal facilities. Before this position, Christine worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory supporting FEMP, and in industry for energy service companies for more than 10 years in developing ESPC projects in the public, private, and federal markets. She has over 20 years of experience leading and managing project development and engineering teams and addressing comprehensive energy management in the commercial, institutional, residential, and industrial markets through analytics and building performance analyses. Christine received her doctorate in building technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MBA and MS in business analytics from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and her Master of Science in mechanical engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois. She is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states.

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.

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.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify components of with the Acquisition Planning Process and Considerations;
  • Recognize how to tailor your Notice of Opportunity to your project or agency needs;
  • Identify how to differentiate ESCOs to select the best ESCO or utility for your project;
  • Identify how to navigate the ESCO Selector Tool; and Recognize best practices and new resources.