Note: This training has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is helping agencies improve facility operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars by offering training and partnership opportunities with their serving utilities that explore contracting options available including UESCs. A UESC, ideal for any size project, is a limited–source contract between a federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand–reduction services. This two–day advanced UESC training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post–acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples.
Tracy Niro, Energy Technology Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy Read Bio
Tracy Niro is the utility energy service contract (UESC) program manager and Federal Utility Partnership Working Group chair at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Tracy also manages the Renewable Energy Procurement Program and oversees utility acquisitions at DOE. Tracy was a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow and was awarded the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Climate Change and Clean Energy to Australia in 2013. Tracy's career in energy began as a staff accountant for an investor-owned utility. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Karen Thomas, Senior Program Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Read Bio
Karen Thomas serves as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) utility energy services contract (UESC) team. She also provides technical support to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for federal agencies and utilities (nationwide) to implement energy– and dollar–saving projects in federal facilities. She is the lead instructor for the FEMP UESC workshops and provides technical support to federal acquisition teams. An additional aspect of her lead role is growing the number of utilities providing UESC through strategic-partnership building with key utilities and leveraging private-sector investment (approximately $200 million annually) in federal energy projects.
Deb Vasquez, Senior Program Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Read Bio
Deb Vasquez is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory technical lead for the Federal Energy Management Program's utility energy service contract team. She provides technical support, training, and resource development for federal government energy projects that leverage utility industry capabilities and private financing to improve federal government facilities infrastructure.
Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:
- Explain the basis of the UESC authority as a tool for achieving energy and cost savings at federal facilities;
- Identify the Federal Acquisition Regulation Part that addresses acquisition of utility services;
- Describe the resources FEMP makes available to help agencies implement successful UESC projects;
- Describe the purpose and content of the initial project scope developed by the agency;
- Explain how and why agencies may contract with a serving utility without full and open competition and what needs to be documented in the contract file;
- Describe the difference between a preliminary assessment and a feasibility study;
- Describe the acquisition process for obtaining a feasibility study under a GSA Areawide Contract (AWC);
- Describe the relationship, in a UESC project, between a GSA AWC, a utility agency master agreement, the FEMP Model UESC Agreement, and a task order for design and installation of an energy project;
- Explain at what point in the process the agency issues a task order for design and installation;
- List the contents of the task order;
- Describe the agency's responsibilities during design and installation;
- Describe requirements for performance assurance of newly installed UESC projects; and
- List FEMP's recommendations for minimum required performance assurance activities for UESC project.