EPA Regional Programs



Mar. 26, 2015

The White House Council on Environmental Quality
Invites You to Join the

2015 GreenGov Presidential Awards Informational Webinar

April 1st 1:00 – 2:00 PM (EST)

On Wednesday April 1st, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EST) the Office of Federal Sustainability will host an informational webinar on the 2015 GreenGov Presidential Awards. Topics will include the goals of the GreenGov Presidential Awards, the seven award categories, the rules and guidance on the process, and how to develop a nomination. The GreenGov Presidential Awards were designed to celebrate and recognize extraordinary leadership and achievement in pursuit of the President's Executive Order on Federal sustainability.

Please share this invitation with the appropriate personnel on your team who should be involved in the Awards nomination process. Note that this Webinar is open only to Federal agency employees, as nominations must be written and submitted directly by Federal agencies. To RSVP and receive webinar access information, please email OFEE@ceq.eop.gov and provide your name, agency, and position. Space for this event is limited. Please provide RSVP by 5:00 pm (EST) on Tuesday, March 31th. You will be sent webinar log in instructions after you RSVP.

Mar. 26, 2015
The event builds upon the highly successful SAME Lake Michigan Small Business Industry Day Conference bringing together large and small business with Federal program decision makers to enhance opportunities for success in the marketplace, particularly in the Midwest. The event also continues SAME's traditional Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Regional Conferences, addressing technical issues and funding for upcoming projects through briefings from USACE and other Federal agencies.
Mar. 26, 2015
During this webinar, Better Buildings' partners, Walgreens, Rocky Mountain Institute, and the National Institute of Building Sciences will share details of their zero energy building efforts and their collaboration experiences to examine the feasibility of zero energy quick serve restaurants, as well as recent advances in the development of an industry definition for the term zero energy.
Mar. 19, 2015
Please join FEMP Director Tim Unruh and Julia Kelley with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for a presentation on the Energy Efficiency Exchange. The Energy Efficiency Exchange is a new 2 ½ day training opportunity for federal employees responsible for building operations, energy management, safety, and performance. Scheduled for August 11-13, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ, FEMP and ORNL have organized the Energy Efficiency Exchange to help meet federal and agency-specific energy management objectives for energy, water, petroleum, and greenhouse gas emissions. The webinar will provide an overview of the Energy Efficiency Exchange, details about the technical program, and a question and answer session. The presentation is being offered on the following dates: Please send your questions to the Energy Efficiency Exchange mailbox.
Mar. 19, 2015
Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The green building community gathers to share ideals and mutual passion at Greenbuild, sparking a contagious buzz throughout the week.
Mar. 19, 2015
This is GSA's innovative green building learning simulation which is a part of GSA's SFTool. Green the Building places you in the role of a resource-constrained decision-maker, charged with greening buildings through strategic energy, waste, water and occupant satisfaction improvements. You must choose technologies, implement best-practices, support behavior changes and plan carefully to create buildings that conserve resources, reduce waste, save money and keep occupants happy and healthy. Need help? Don't worry! Embedded links connect you directly to the clear explanations you've come to expect from SFTool.
Mar. 18, 2015
Specific topics of interest for this year's Conference include, but are not limited to The Internet of Things; Cloud Computing, Networks, and Security; Health Technologies and Medical Devices; Big Data Analytics and Visualization; Smart Urban Systems and Smart Energy; and Information Technology and Society. In addition to the multiple new and recurring sessions this year, highly anticipated are the return of very well received Intellectual Property Panel, and the Student Poster Session.
Mar. 18, 2015
Topics for the conference include: the future of coal, smart grids, public lands, energy and water nexus, climate change, bioenergy, transportation, energy R&D, microgrids, natural gas, wind, and solar to name a few.
Mar. 18, 2015
The purpose of CATEE is to help communities improve decisions that determine the energy and water intensity of the built environment – and reduce related emissions.
Mar. 9, 2015
UESCs offer a method for serving utilities to provide significant assistance to federal agencies through comprehensive EE/RE projects including financing and performance assurance. This two-day advanced workshop will examine 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. Priority registration will be given to contracting officers, contracting specialists, and other Federal employees. Attendees from private industry will be admitted as space allows.
Mar. 9, 2015
On March 6, 2015, the Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Exchange titled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT), FY 2015." The AFFECT FOA will provide grants to federal agencies to assist in funding renewable energy projects that are incorporated into a privately financed performance contract, such as an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) or utility energy service contract (UESC), or as part of a renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA). Applications for renewable energy projects that are financed through appropriations will also be considered. The anticipated total funding level for AFFECT is $2.85 million, with anticipated funding per award to be between approximately $50,000 and $1 million.
Mar. 9, 2015
FUPWG fosters communication between federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects.
Mar. 4, 2015
This is the premier international conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making so that this knowledge can accelerate the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future. BECC is currently in its ninth year and is associated with a growing set of allied conferences in Europe and Asia.
Mar. 4, 2015
Conference organizers are seeking well-documented applications of behavioral approaches in energy or climate policies and programs at individual, organizational, or community scales; new, relevant behavioral research findings; measured results; and best practices. They welcome approaches that are theoretical, empirical, narratives, modeling, case studies, or other approaches. Policies and programs that have demonstrated results in changing behavior are of particular interest, as well as thoughtful discussions of emerging policy or program issues, behavioral research methods, and selected novel or transformative ideas. The conference is October 18 - 21, 2015 in Sacramento, CA. Abstracts are due 1 April 2015. Conference organizers invite 250-word abstracts for formal oral presentations, with or without a full paper, short "lightning talks," and poster presentations. If you have an idea for a complete panel of speakers, you may also submit combined abstracts for a single panel. Abstracts may be considered independently of panels if panel is not accepted.
Mar. 3, 2015
This summit will bring together DoD and military decision-makers with renewable energy developers, utilities and leading financiers to facilitate the formation of this new market. The summit will explore how viable and financeable projects can be developed to the profit of all. The presenters will provide the latest on the emerging guidelines and processes for a new market that melds the complexity of federal acquisitions with the risk allocation methods of project finance, as well as practical experience gained on pioneering projects. This will be the place to hear from and network with senior-level DoD, DoE, DLA, Air Force, Army, Marine Corp, Navy, DoE, GSA, VA and Utility decision makers.
Feb. 24, 2015
Each year the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) hosts The Energy Fair, transforming rural Central Wisconsin into the hot spot for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living education. The Energy Fair brings over 15,000 attendees together to learn the latest and greatest in clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a more sustainable future. The Energy Fair is the nation's longest running energy education event of its kind.
Feb. 10, 2015
REMINDER: Each year the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), in conjunction with the Federal Interagency Energy Management Task Force, sponsors the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to highlight and honor outstanding federal agency achievements in energy, water, and fleet management. To download this year's nomination criteria, visit the FEMP awards Web page. FEMP is also offering a one-hour informational webinar on February 25 and March 19 that will provide an overview of the 2015 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards criteria and eligibility requirements, as well as tips on how to prepare nomination narratives. Click here to register. The Awards Nomination website will open to accept nominations by February 18 and all final nominations must be submitted through the nomination site by *April 30, 2015*. For more information on the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards, please contact FEMP_Communications@ee.doe.gov.
Jan. 22, 2015
This summit convenes business, technology and policy leadership across the global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security. These joint events collaboratively seek out new solutions for the vanguard communities facing the impact of climate-change.
Jan. 22, 2015
DOE has partnered with industry to develop a Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) certificate training program to accelerate energy savings in the dynamic and energy-intensive marketplace of data centers.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective biomass energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Biomass energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications. This course is offered by FEMP.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective geothermal energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Geothermal energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective hydropower and ocean energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Hydropower and ocean energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course addresses how increasing amounts of intermittent renewable energy generation can be controlled to realize energy cost savings and improve system reliability. Renewable energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications. This course will introduce learners to renewable energy system integration from the building to the utility level.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective photovoltaic (PV) and daylighting technologies and common implementation considerations. Solar energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity at life-cycle cost effective rates.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective solar thermal and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies and common implementation considerations. Solar energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
Jan. 22, 2015
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective wind energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Wind energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
Jan. 12, 2015
EPA is once again hosting the largest competition of its kind in the nation. Energy managers at commercial buildings in every state will compete to see who can save the most energy and water, all while fighting climate change, too. Competitors will work off the waste through improvements in energy and water efficiency with help from EPA's ENERGY STAR program. Registration closes 31 May 2015.
Jan. 7, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) presents an updated series of training courses focused on the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High-Performance and Sustainable Buildings.
Jan. 7, 2015
Registration is now open for the 2015 Energy Efficiency Exchange, hosted by the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, to be held on August 11-13, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Join project implementation specialists and subject matter experts at a training event that speaks to the challenges and opportunities of energy consumption, sustainability, energy efficiency, and energy security in and across federal agencies. Continuing education units will be offered for all training sessions currently being planned. Registration closes July 27, 2015. See the attached announcement for more details.
Jan. 7, 2015
SERDP and ESTCP have launched a webinar series to promote the transfer of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions developed through projects funded in five program areas. The webinar series targets Department of Defense and Department of Energy practitioners, the regulatory community and environmental researchers with the goal of providing cutting edge and practical information that is easily accessible at no cost. The 6th webinar in the series will be presented on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 12:00PM Eastern, entitled "DNAPL Source Zone Management Approaches." Register now!
Dec. 24, 2014
Roundup of the Department of Energy Environmental Management Office's significant accomplishments for 2014. See attached.
Dec. 19, 2014
Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was required to establish guidelines for agencies to meter their federal buildings for electricity. DOE issued the guidance in February 2006. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 subsequently established that each agency shall provide equivalent metering of natural gas and steam. See 42 U.S.C. § 8253(e). By the close of FY 2013, federal agencies collectively reported installing 96% of electricity, 96% of natural gas, and 69% of steam meters at buildings the agencies deemed appropriate.

The Presidential Memorandum, Federal Leadership on Energy Management (Dec. 5, 2013) reemphasized the requirements for installing electricity, natural gas, and steam meters, and provided an additional requirement for installing water meters. The memorandum directed the DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to revise the metering guidance and include definitions for "cost effective" and "appropriate" (for determining where meters should be installed).

"Federal Building Metering Guidance (per 42 USC 8253(e) Metering of Energy Use) November 2014 Update" supersedes the February 2006 Guidance. The updated Guidance is now published on the FEMP website, with a direct link to the download page here.

Dec. 2, 2014
FINAL REMINDER - ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO PARTICIPATE! The White House is launching the second GreenGov Challenge! If you're a federal employee, share your idea on how the federal government can lead by example in eight different categories -- from climate change mitigation and resilience, to water conservation, to waste reduction. Submissions are open until 5 December 2014. After the submission period closes, GreenGov will release the approved submissions and all federal employees will be able to vote for their favorite ideas.
Nov. 18, 2014
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has offered a right-of-way (ROW) grant to Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC (Deepwater Wind) for the Block Island Transmission System (BITS). The transmission system will serve two purposes: 1) connect Deepwater Wind's proposed 30 megawatt (MW) Block Island Wind Farm, located in Rhode Island state waters about 2.5 nautical miles southeast of Block Island, to the Rhode Island mainland; and 2) transmit power from the existing onshore transmission grid on the mainland to Block Island. The ROW corridor, which is about eight nautical miles long and 200 feet wide, comprises the portion of the transmission line that crosses federal waters.
Nov. 13, 2014
As the nation's largest energy consumer, the federal government has a tremendous opportunity and clear responsibility to lead by example, while working to meet federal and agency-specific energy management objectives. Join project implementation specialists and subject matter experts in addressing the challenges and opportunities of energy consumption, sustainability, energy efficiency, and energy security in and across federal agencies.
Nov. 12, 2014
This FEMP course will provide an overview of the current status of LED technology as it relates to maturing applications, cautions, control options, and tools and resources to federal facility managers who make informed decisions.
Nov. 3, 2014
On 31 October 2014 Federal agencies released their plans for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, severe weather and temperature extremes. The current agency Climate Change Adaptation Plans build on the first set of plans, which was released in February, 2013, and respond to a November 2013 Executive Order on Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change that established requirements for updating and reporting on progress on agency Adaptation plans.
Oct. 23, 2014
On October 22, 2014, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it is on track to meet the Administration's 2020 renewable energy goal after awarding a competitive power supply contract to a commercial wind developer for the purchase of 140 megawatts (MW) of clean wind energy. The energy will come from the Walnut Ridge Wind Farm, which is currently in development in northwest Illinois, and will add more than 500,000 megawatt-hours (MWhs) of electricity to the power grid annually. The ten-year contract was awarded to MG2 Tribal Energy – a joint venture between the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians, a federally-recognized Native American tribe, and Geronimo Energy, a commercial wind developer – and is the largest wind energy purchase from a single source in federal contracting history.
Sep. 24, 2014
DOE is funding nine projects that will advance the development of combined heat and power (CHP) and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the federal government and help meet energy efficiency, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas reduction goals. As the nation's largest single user of energy, the federal government is leading by example. These projects will reduce carbon emissions, while strengthening America's economic, energy, and environmental security. Projects are being implemented at NASA, Army, National Science Foundation, Agriculture, Justice, Interior, Air National Guard, and Transportation facilities.
Sep. 19, 2014
The site offers complete annual data sets of agency aggregated annual energy and water consumption and costs by end-use sector, efficiency investment information, and progress toward key goals outlined in the National Energy Conservation Policy Act, as amended; Energy Policy Act of 2005; and Executive Order 13514. Historical data tables of agency energy use and costs by facility and mobility sectors by energy type are also available for FY 1975 through FY 2013. Detailed annual comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories by federal agency are presented along with progress toward achieving scope 1 and 2 GHG and scope 3 GHG reduction targets. The data tables may also be filtered by numerous variables (agency, year, sector) and are exportable to Excel.
Sep. 4, 2014
In this FEMP course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of energy saving performance contracts (ESPC), an alternative financing vehicle that allows Federal agencies to complete energy-savings projects without up-front capital costs and special Congressional appropriations by partnering with an energy service company (ESCO). Learners will be introduced to ESPC basics, including key concepts, timelines, authorizing legislation, and stakeholder roles and responsibilities, as well of the five phases of the ESPC development process.
Sep. 3, 2014
Nominations for the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards to be recognized in 2015 are due by March 2, 2015, using the guidance issued by the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment) on August 26, 2014. Each Military Service and Defense Agency may submit one nomination for each of the six Installation and three Individual/Team award categories listed in the guidance for accomplishments during the period October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2014. The Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards have honored individuals, teams, and installations for their outstanding achievements to improve the environmental performance of the Department of Defense each year since 1962. The call for 2015 nominations and other information on the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards can be found at: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/index.cfm.
Aug. 19, 2014
This FEMP seminar will describe a step-by-step method to conduct an "energy efficiency expert evaluation"- a customized process to meet site-specific energy goals. This approach combines the most effective features of an energy audit and retro-commissioning, while avoiding the limitations of each.
Jul. 18, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a Green Infrastructure Collaborative with the support of six other government agencies at the President's State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. EPA joined with the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Department of Energy to release a Federal Letter of Support for green infrastructure and the Collaborative.
Jul. 14, 2014
FedCenter is now on Facebook! Become a fan and follow us on Facebook, where you'll find valuable information that you need to help meet your environmental stewardship and compliance obligations. To follow us on Facebook, go to https://facebook.com/fedcenter.
Jul. 7, 2014
This webcast will teach Federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. The focus is on the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings. The purpose, scope, and benefits of Portfolio Manager and the Guiding Principles Checklist will be discussed, and Federal professionals will come away with an understanding of relevant policy background and how to establish, share, use, and report data for compliance. Students will receive a brief introduction to the Guiding Principles requirements and recommended evidence of compliance. The webcast will also provide information on using Portfolio Manager to meet energy benchmarking requirements required under 42 USC §8253(f).
Jul. 7, 2014
The webinar provides a step-by-step approach to placing a utility energy service contract (UESC) task order under a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Areawide Contract. The training focuses on developing skills related to the acquisition plan, preliminary audit and findings, feasibility study and project proposal, contract for construction, construction and installation, performance assurance and acceptance, post-construction and commissioning.
Jun. 27, 2014
As the nation's largest energy consumer, the federal government has a tremendous opportunity and clear responsibility to lead by example. It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to assist federal agencies in meeting federal and agency-specific energy management objectives. As part of this mission, FEMP is sponsoring, planning, and implementing the Energy Exchange Training Event in August 2015.
Jun. 12, 2014
Renewable energy, leveraged from natural, renewable resources, delivers electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications to Federal facilities and fleets. This course focuses on the planning and implementation of distributed-scale renewable energy projects, those smaller than 10 megawatts. The course outlines a detailed 10-step process from technology screening to project closeout. Explored are online tools and resources available for the selection of cost-effective renewable energy projects on federal sites.
Jun. 5, 2014
GSA is planning on using Green Button technology to save energy and shrink costs across the federal government. The agency launched this initiative in partnership with industry leaders following a 2013 Presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to strengthen efforts to use renewable energy and manage energy usage more efficiently and effectively.
Jun. 5, 2014
Launched by the Department of Energy (DoE), NGDS is an online open-source platform that facilitates the discovery and use of geothermal data, enabling researchers to speed geothermal energy development. This online tool will allow academia and industry to access quantifiable, technical data in digital format. The goal of the NGDS is to accelerate research and development in order to drive down the cost and improve the accuracy of subsurface exploration, while also encouraging investment in geothermal energy production. The public data platform encompasses thousands of databases, geologic maps, and reports, drawing from millions of digitized records that were previously unavailable. This can aid discovery of new data on geologic features, faults, seismicity, heat flow, geochemistry, drilling, and temperatures at various depths and in specific geographic areas.
May. 29, 2014
New water components have been added to the Federal Green Challenge. Now it includes the goal of decreasing stormwater runoff from existing sites by 5% or more annually and a section focusing on reducing the use of federal funds to purchase bottled water. Launched in October 2011, the Challenge is a national effort led by EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program that challenges federal agencies to lead by example to reduce the federal government's environmental impact. Participating agencies will benefit from the new water components. Effective stormwater management through the use of green infrastructure practices may result in: improved energy, efficiency, and improved site aesthetics. Since green infrastructure techniques may be less expensive than conventional stormwater management approaches, there may also be cost savings.
May. 29, 2014
Registrants will learn how to utilize life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) to improve Federal economic-based decision making, determine the total cost of ownership of project alternatives, and make informed decisions on energy and water efficiency investments. In addition, participants will apply key requirements and supplemental economic measures to federal investment decisions such as those for individual and interdependent building system acquisitions for new construction and major renovations.
May. 22, 2014
EPA is recognizing federal facilities for their efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of facilities across the country. As part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC), more than 400 federal facilities representing nearly 1.6 million federal employees are leading by example by taking steps to reduce the federal government's environmental impact in 2013, resulting in an estimated cost savings of more than $42 million to U.S. taxpayers. This year's Overall Achievement winner is The National Benefits Center, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Lee's Summit, Mo. Additional winners by target areas include DOE, DOD, and DOI facilities.
May. 6, 2014
EPA has recognized six federal agency offices in California with its prestigious Federal Green Challenge (FGC) program award for reducing their operations' environmental impacts. Honored entities are: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Pacific Southwest Lab, Naval Base Coronado, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Pacific Rim Region, U.S. Forest Service Region 5, and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
Apr. 29, 2014
This FEMP 1.5 hour course covers the best known methods for reducing the energy-intensity of data centers by utilizing server-virtualization, optimizing the temperature within the data center, selecting energy-efficient cooling options, how to arrange server racks and aisles and many other efficiency opportunities. It emphasizes the need for server administrators to work with, rather than independent of facility operators.
Apr. 29, 2014
This FEMP 1.5 hour course addresses the six areas that are most responsible for energy waste in laboratories including the air handling systems and fume hoods and provides numerous suggestions for reducing energy use.
Apr. 24, 2014
The Top 10 Federal Government Partner List represents the largest green power users among federal government organizations within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power usage of these organizations amounts to nearly 1.7 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 161,000 average American homes each year.
Mar. 27, 2014
These awards will recognize the energy and water conservation achievements and programs of individuals, small groups, and garrisons and will provide an added incentive to further reduce energy and water consumption. Current award categories are: Energy efficiency and energy management; Innovation and new technology; Renewable energy; Alternative financing; Water conservation; and Energy program effectiveness.
Mar. 26, 2014
These annual competitive awards recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. EPA's Partner Awards (formerly Purchaser Awards) recognize leading Green Power Partners and Communities that have helped further the green power market through their green power purchase or use of on-site renewable energy applications, overall green power strategy, and impact on the green power market. EPA's Supplier Awards highlight the accomplishments of green power suppliers (utilities, retail suppliers, Renewable Energy Certificate marketers, and renewable energy project developers) that are leaders in the voluntary renewable energy market.
Mar. 12, 2014
FEMP's annual Better Buildings Federal Award challenges agencies to achieve the greatest reduction in annual energy intensity, or energy consumed per gross square foot. This year, FEMP will recognize the highest-performing federal government building that participates in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2014 Battle of the Buildings national competition. FEMP strongly encourages agencies to participate in this exciting annual EPA competition, which uses Portfolio Manager to measure, track, and report buildings' monthly energy consumption. If you have any questions, please contact the Energy Star HelpDesk.
Feb. 11, 2014
Each year, FEMP, in conjunction with the Federal Interagency Energy Management Task Force, sponsors the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to honor outstanding Federal agency achievements in energy, water, and fleet management. The nomination period is now open and will close on 25 April 2014. Please note that there are changes to this year's Criteria and Guidelines for nominations. FEMP is also offering a one-hour informational Webinar on February 27 and March 18 that will provide an overview of the 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards criteria and eligibility requirements, as well as tips on how to prepare nomination narratives.
Feb. 10, 2014
Today's final rule amends the energy conservation standards that currently apply to certain external power supplies and establishes new energy conservation standards for other external power supplies that are currently not required to meet such standards. Through its analysis, DOE has determined that these changes satisfy EPCA's requirements that any new and amended energy conservation standards for these products result in the significant conservation of energy and be both technologically feasible and economically justified. The effective date of this rule is 11 April 2014. Compliance with the new and amended standards established for EPSs in today's final rule is 10 February 2016. POC is Mr. Jeremy Dommu, U.S. DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Tel: 202-586-9870. Email: battery_chargers_and_external_power_supplies@ee.doe.gov (Federal Register; 10 February 2014 [Rules and Regulations], pages 7845-7932).
Feb. 10, 2014
DOE is adopting more-stringent energy conservation standards for MHLFs. It has determined that the new and amended energy conservation standards for this equipment would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified. The effective date of this rule is 11 April 2014. POC is Ms. Lucy deButts, U.S. DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Tel: 202-287-1604. Email: metal_halide_lamp_fixtures@ee.doe.gov (Federal Register; 10 February 2014 [Rules and Regulations], pages 7745-7844).
Jan. 28, 2014
January edition of the Defense Operational Energy Highlights newsletter, published by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs. This month's newsletter includes:
  • ASD Burke Talks Arctic, Climate and Energy on Fed News Radio
  • Marine Corps Releases Tactical Energy Harvesting, Waste Heat RFI
  • OEPP Partners with Georgia Tech, National Labs to support FOB's
  • The Quadrennial Energy Review is Under Way!
  • 2013 revision to Joint Publication 4-0 Codifies "Operational Energy"
  • Tri-Agency Letter Advocates for Competitive Biofuels Industry
  • Travels with ASD Burke: Port Harcourt and Abuja, Nigeria
  • Tweet of the Month
Read more.
Jan. 22, 2014
The Apps for Energy II contest, which is the second contest in the year-long American Energy Data Challenge, will encourage contestants to leverage ideas developed during the American Energy Data Challenge's first contest, and to use open data sources. As part of the contest, the Energy Department will host a series of "hackathons" in four cities to create venues where people can brainstorm, collaborate, and begin creating apps that use publicly-available data to solve problems. The hackathons will be in Washington, D.C., January 24-25; San Diego, California, January 31-February 1; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, February 7-8; and Boston, Massachusetts, Feb. 15-16. Contestants will be eligible to win prizes at the events and by submitting their apps for judging as part of the nationwide contest.
Jan. 15, 2014
This FEMP training was developed for Federal energy management and contracting/acquisition personnel seeking advanced skills in executing UESC contracting, including letters of interest, justification and approval requirements, preliminary assessments, feasibility studies, performance assurance, and project execution and closeout. FEMP Core Courses are designed for Federal energy and facility managers, but are open to all individuals. Courses are hosted in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences Whole Building Design Guide.
Dec. 30, 2013
Each year, the U.S. EPA Region 2 honors individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations. The period for the awards is 2013 and nominations are due no later than 18 Feb 2014.
Dec. 23, 2013
More than 3,200 facilities, including federal facilities, are competing to win the EPA's 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. Check out who is competing and who is winning at this time.
Dec. 17, 2013
The Energy Department has announced that the General Services Administration's (GSA) United States Court House in Wichita, Kansas is the winner of the 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award. The Better Buildings Federal Award challenges agencies to achieve the greatest reduction in annual energy intensity, or energy consumed per gross square foot. This year's winner cut its energy intensity by 20% and saved over $40,000 in utility costs in the 12 month competition period.
Dec. 6, 2013
On 5 December 2013 President Obama issued a new renewable energy goal of 20 percent by 2020. The memorandum further details priority actions, directions on accounting for renewable energy, and building performance and energy management.
Dec. 3, 2013
(Washington, D.C. - December 3, 2013) Building on $2 billion in financing commitments from the private sector for energy efficiency updates to commercial buildings under the president's Better Buildings Challenge, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development today expanded the Challenge to multifamily housing such as apartments and condominiums and launched the Better Buildings Accelerators to support state- and local government-led efforts to cut energy waste and eliminate market and technical barriers to greater building efficiency. The Obama Administration also announced it will challenge federal agencies to further expand their use of performance- based contracts through 2016 to upgrade the energy efficiency of federal buildings at no cost to taxpayers--helping the federal government save money and further reduce energy use.
Nov. 21, 2013
FEMP has announced its expansion of the ESPC ENABLE program to include two new energy conservation measures (ECMs): solar photovoltaic (PV) and simple one-for-one HVAC system replacement (small building systems). This expansion will allow small, Federal facilities the opportunity to further upgrade their sites, while still following the streamlined ESPC ENABLE process.
Nov. 18, 2013
Finalized in November 2013, this slide deck from EPA provides training for Federal procurement of computer desktops, notebooks, integrated systems, thin clients, workstations, displays, televisions, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, multifunction devices, digital duplicators and mailing machines that meet the requirements of the IEEE standards.
Nov. 7, 2013
Offered by FEMP, the 3-h course provides Federal Facility and Energy Managers with the knowledge and competencies to contract for the design and installation a Building Automation System (BAS) in an existing Federal facility, including the ability to apply General Services Administration (GSA) Smart Building Standards into the goal setting process and design objectives. Learners will explore how to use Building Automation Systems to integrate existing HVAC, lighting, and other systems using normalized data and open communications protocols. The course details a process to set specific performance goals for the BAS, design the BAS to meet the established performance goals, and develop Requests for Proposals for both BAS design and installation. The course also discusses how to maximize the effectiveness of installed BAS to improve building energy efficiency, operations and maintenance, indoor environmental quality, and safety and security.
Nov. 6, 2013
(November 6, 2013) The Federal Energy Management Program today recognized 25 winners across the Federal Government as recipients of the 2013 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards highlight Federal agencies' commitments to lead the nation in implementing efficiency measures to improve energy, water and vehicle fleet management that save taxpayer money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The awards were presented by Dr. Timothy Unruh, FEMP Director, and Mike Carr, Principal Deputy Secretary for DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, with remarks from the Honorable Dennis V. McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment). Read more about the winners on FEMP's Awards website.
Nov. 6, 2013
The U.S. EPA recognized two federal facilities with the ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for their highly-efficient CHP systems, which increase the reliability of their electricity supply while reducing carbon pollution that causes climate change. The awards, which demonstrate how federal agencies are reducing carbon pollution in support of the President's Climate Action Plan. The winners were the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, Albany, Ga and the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
Nov. 5, 2013
(WASHINGTON, D.C., November 5, 2013) The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) today announced the fourth annual winners of the GreenGov Presidential Awards, which honor Federal civilian and military personnel as well as agency teams, facilities, and programs that have taken innovative steps to reduce energy use and carbon pollution, curb waste, and save taxpayer money in Federal agency operations. At a White House ceremony, senior Administration officials recognized the eight award winners for exemplifying President Obama's charge to lead by example and demonstrating extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of the President's 2009 Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance (Executive Order 13514). Click here for the full announcement.
UPDATE Nov. 18: 2013 winner announcement with photo gallery is now available here.
Oct. 23, 2013
This 8.5 hour FEMP course is primarily intended for federal contracting and procurement officials, however, federal energy/facility managers would also benefit from understanding third-party financing options for energy and energy-related building improvements. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) is a contracting vehicle that allows federal agencies to accomplish energy projects for their facilities without depending on appropriations to pay for the improvements. An ESPC project is a partnership between the customer (a government organization) and an energy service company (ESCO).
Oct. 23, 2013
This 3-h FEMP course is intended to provide students with a thorough understanding of the key issues in Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) Measurement and Verification (M&V) so that they can negotiate for better M&V in their projects. There are three modules. The first introduces basic M&V concepts such as the critical importance of M&V in performance contracts, the inherent un-measurability of savings, savings uncertainty, the difference between retrofit isolation and whole building M&V approaches, and the four IPMVP-sanctioned M&V "options." The second module, discusses each of the M&V Option will be in greater detail so that one can see why one would select a specific Option, given a scenario and ECM. The third module covers some of the common issues that one might encounter especially in M&V plans. This module will also cover other issues related to the M&V process and also discuss some of the available M&V resources and tools that can help to mitigate them.
Sep. 24, 2013
(WASHINGTON, September 24, 2013) - The Energy Department announced today that it has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country's leading green power consumers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation's voluntary green power market. EPA presented the Energy Department with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2013 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Austin, Texas, on September 23, 2013.
Sep. 24, 2013
Federal facility energy, environmental, and sustainability managers and others can take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and learn how FEMP can help your agency meet their energy efficiency goals. In addition to learning more about the different financing options, your FFS can share information on other FEMP resources including training, direct project technical support and guidance documents that simplify and streamline the project process. Those of you who have already started or completed a project can begin discussing project goals for the future.
Sep. 13, 2013
Now through October GSA is hosting the GSA Ideas: Energy Savings Hunt to gather suggestions on how GSA can further reduce energy use in their buildings to help make a more sustainable Government. Contribute your ideas today!
Sep. 6, 2013
FEMP is providing templates and suggestions on how to promote energy- and water-saving practices in Federal facilities. This year's outreach materials call on Federal employees to take action and empower leadership, innovation, and excellence to realize a secure energy future.
Aug. 23, 2013
The Data Center Profiler (DCPro) Tool Training free webinar provides information on how to use the DC Pro tool suite to profile data center energy use and identify energy efficiency actions. The webinar includes: A demonstration of the newest version of the profiling tool;An overview of the system assessment tools for air management and electrical systems; A recommended process and related resources to implement data center efficiency. This course is offered by FEMP.
Aug. 20, 2013
EPA has launched the 2013 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Teams from more than 3,000 buildings (include Federal facilities) across the country are competing to see who can most reduce their buildings' energy use. Check out the website for a list of competitors and their progress.
Aug. 15, 2013
The Army has released the Net Zero Pilot Installation Initiative Progress Report for 2012, containing information useful to implementing Net Zero. The Army now plans to issue a policy this year that will expand the Net Zero Initiative to all permanent Army installations. The report details the new Net Zero hierarchies and implementation strategies. It also contains information about installation collaboration, outreach and behavior and awareness campaigns that are being conducted.
Aug. 13, 2013
This new site intends to help agencies close gaps between potential energy savings and actual performance. Specifically, it shows agencies how to use institutional change to meet their energy- and water-reduction goals. Institutional change integrates technology, policy, and behavior to make new sustainability practices and perspectives become "business as usual" at an agency.
Aug. 12, 2013
Effective August 31, 2013 the FEC has ended. EPA will continue to provide technical assistance on federal electronics stewardship through a modified website, the listserv, and continued educational webinars. The FEC is still completing the review of the 2013 Award Applications, and we plan on making announcements on these applications in the next few weeks. FEC will not have reporting or awards for FY2013. The FEC reporting site at FedCenter.gov will be available until 31 December 2013. For copies of any of your forms or award applications from 2010, 2011 or 2012, logon to the system and download or print copies. For copies of older forms or applications, contact Tina Guthrie (202-564-8846, guthrie.christina@epa.gov). To continue participating in a partnership program, and receive recognition for your electronics stewardship efforts, consider joining the Federal Green Challenge (http://www.epa.gov/fgc/).
Aug. 6, 2013
(Washington, August 6, 2013) The Energy Department released two new reports today showcasing record growth across the U.S. wind market, supporting an increase in America's share of clean, renewable energy and tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. According to these reports, the United States continues to be one of the world's largest and fastest growing wind markets. In 2012, wind energy became the number one source of new U.S. electricity generation capacity for the first time--representing 43% of all new electric additions and accounting for $25 billion in U.S. investment. View the full story.
Aug. 6, 2013
FEMP has recently launched a new section on its website that helps agencies close gaps between potential energy savings and actual performance. Specifically, it shows agencies how to use institutional change to meet their energy- and water-reduction goals. Institutional change integrates technology, policy, and behavior to make new sustainability practices and perspectives become "business as usual" at an agency. Although this online resource focuses on meeting the requirements of Executive Order 13514, Federal agencies can use the institutional change process to meet any sustainability or energy-efficiency goals. Visit the FEMP website for more information.
Jul. 24, 2013
The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled "Establishing Regional Resource Centers for Wind Power" on Thursday, July 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the webinar, specialists will discuss DOE's plans to develop Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) that will become the backbone of wind power activities focused on education and outreach. Click to join the webinar on July 25 [https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW6024677&p=5692734&t=c]. The Energy Department and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) will also present a live webinar titled "Conducting Transmission Feasibility and System Impact Studies" on Wednesday, July 31, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This webinar will examine the process of assessing and analyzing the impacts, costs, and benefits of transmission line upgrades and additions. Register to attend the webinar [https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/386113993].
Jul. 15, 2013
FedCenter has compiled a topical index of Federally-sponsored and non-profit mobile applications that may be of interest to the Federal environmental community. Mobile applications are those tools and information resources that have been specifically developed for your mobile devices, such as smartphone, tablet, or other Internet-connected hand-held device. The directory will be maintained daily to keep you abreast of any new and useful mobile applications the federal community releases.
Jul. 10, 2013
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) initially titled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT)." The AFFECT FOA will provide direct funding to U.S. Federal agencies for the development of capital projects and other initiatives to increase the energy efficiency and renewable energy investments at agency facilities. It is anticipated that the FOA will include the following two topic areas: 1. Combined Heat and Power (CHP); and 2. Renewable Energy, including solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas, ocean, geothermal, waste to energy, and new hydroelectric energy technologies.
Jul. 2, 2013
Used to simplify the green procurement process, SFTool has been further enhanced with the following changes: addition of a cafeteria space on how to not only design a more sustainable cafeteria, but also how to operate and stock it with green products; launch of a services module that provides you with information on how to include green purchasing requirements in a variety of service contracts; and a capability to create customized product lists.
Jun. 26, 2013
This 8-hour course is offered by the Defense Acquisition University/Federal Acquisition Institute (DAU/FAI) and is targeted at federal contracting and procurement officials, however, federal energy/facility managers would also benefit from understanding third-party financing options for energy and energy-related building improvements
Jun. 13, 2013
This webinar teaches Federal agencies about financing the capital costs of energy improvement projects from savings generated through energy efficiency measures funded by utilities, public benefit funds, and other resources.
Jun. 6, 2013
This 4.5 hour course from the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides hands-on learning and practice to teach professionals about finding, specifying, and selecting energy efficient products. The course outlines the financial and environmental benefits of buying energy-efficient products, and summarizes the legal requirements underpinning Federal Acquisition Regulations. This training covers both fundamental and intermediate topics, including how to integrate energy-efficiency into the procurement process and overcome potential barriers.
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