May. 4, 2016
REMINDER: The Office of Federal Sustainability (OFS) is pleased to announce that the nomination process for the White House Council on Environmental Quality's 2016 GreenGov Presidential Awards is now open through May 20th. OFS invites Federal civilian and military personnel to participate in the Awards nomination process across 12 (five new) award categories designed to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama's Executive Order on Federal Sustainability. The GreenGov Presidential Awards honor exceptional Federal personnel, teams, agencies, projects, facilities, and programs that exemplify President Obama's charge to lead by example in sustainability. More information on the background, award categories and submission instructions can be found at the GreenGov Presidential Awards website
Apr. 22, 2016
The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the winners of the 2016 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. Each year since 1962, the Secretary of Defense has recognized individuals, teams, and installations for their outstanding achievements and innovative work protecting the environment while sustaining mission readiness. Military Services and Defense Agencies may submit one nomination for each of the nine award categories. A diverse panel of judges representing federal and state agencies, academia, and the private sector select the winners.
Apr. 22, 2016
Webinar provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects.
Apr. 7, 2016
BECC focuses on understanding human behavior and decision making to accelerate the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future. BECC is currently in its tenth year and is associated with a growing set of allied conferences in Europe and Asia.
Apr. 7, 2016
First Thursday Update provides news about the 2016 Energy Exchange, which will be held August 9-11 in Providence, Rhode Island. This update offers the latest information about registration, learning tracks, session topics, session speakers, plenary sessions, workshops, continuing education units, and logistics.
Apr. 7, 2016
This conference will bring together thought leaders and innovators in energy efficiency and technology to discuss evolving markets, work on new policies and efficiency program strategies, and explore new opportunities for energy savings.
Apr. 5, 2016
Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; and generate template performance reports to assess progress.
Apr. 4, 2016
This conference will cover a wide range of interdisciplinary and current research topics related to advanced materials such as electronic materials, nanomaterials, bio-nanomaterials, zero band-gap materials and composites.
Mar. 31, 2016
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2016" in April or May 2016. No FOA Applications will be accepted through this Notice. The FOA will provide grants to federal agencies for establishing a program that provides an effective agency process to utilize the ENABLE Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) and subsequently applying the process to identified energy savings projects. The ENABLE contract is a streamlined ESPC for small sites that is limited to the following five types of energy conservation measures: lighting; water; controls for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); replacement of HVAC equipment and solar photovoltaics (PV). EERE will issue the FOA via the EERE Exchange website. If Applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange. For more information, including Application submission steps, please see the attached Notice of Intent.
Mar. 17, 2016
Registration is now open! The 2016 Energy Exchange in Providence, Rhode Island, will provide training to energy managers and sustainability professionals who are working to improve facility performance, advance the use of renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at federal sites.
Mar. 4, 2016
This OMB memorandum
defines a framework for achieving the data center consolidation and optimization requirements of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), the criteria for successful agency data center strategies, and the metrics OMB OFCIO will use to evaluate the success of those strategies. Instructions for public comment can be found here
Mar. 3, 2016
To help drinking water and wastewater utilities prepare for power outages, EPA is releasing the Power Resilience Guide for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities. The guide summarizes best practices, case studies, and tips shared at seven workshops held throughout the country. It covers seven topics including communication, generators, and fuel. The Power to Keep Water Moving video highlights the importance of power resiliency at water utilities and features some of the practices at Stafford County Utilities.
Feb. 29, 2016
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued a revised "Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings", per Executive Order 13693 "Planning for Federal Sustainability for the Next Decade." This guidance updates and replaces the "High Performance and Sustainable Buildings Guidance", issued by CEQ in December 2008 to:
- reflect the evolution of sustainable building design, construction, and operating practices since 2008,
- incorporate other building-related E.O. 13693 requirements,
- increase the economic and environmental benefits of Federal investments in facilities,
- enhance occupant health, wellness, and productivity,
- include climate resilience in building design, construction, and operations, and protect Federal facilities investments from the potential impacts of climate change, and
- provide information on tracking agency green building performance.
The revised guiding principles are located here
and its companion guidance "Determining Compliance with the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings" is located here
Feb. 12, 2016
An Energy Treasure Hunt is a fun and cost-effective process for identifying energy savings that also helps to strengthen building energy management practices. Energy Treasure Hunts engage building owners, managers, employees and tenants to help identify improvements that can be made immediately and without significant expenditures. This webinar will teach attendees how to assemble a treasure hunt team, prepare for the hunt, and find those savings.
Feb. 11, 2016
This is conference focuses on a variety of aspects of green roofs and walls. See the Agenda
for full details.
Feb. 1, 2016
DOE has awarded $2.85 million in funding for four projects that will advance the development of renewable energy technologies at facilities across the federal government. FEMP Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding will support two main technology areas: photovoltaic and biomass generation. Cost shared with industry, the total investment is nearly $75 million. For details, see the website.
Jan. 27, 2016
Greenbuild features three groundbreaking days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings.
Jan. 26, 2016
FEMP helps agencies meet their mandated energy savings goals by offering training and partnership opportunities with their serving utilities that explore contracting options available, including utility energy service contracts (UESCs). A UESC is a limited-source contract between a Federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. The two-day Advanced UESC Workshop 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. This workshop is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and supports the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 to equip energy and facility management professionals with the knowledge and skills to improve on-the-job competencies. Upon successful completion of an online quiz following the workshop, 1.2 CEUs will be awarded to attendees.
Jan. 26, 2016
The Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. This Summit is designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America's homes and buildings.
Jan. 22, 2016
Take advantage of this opportunity to fulfill federally mandated training requirements and expand your network. FUPWG fosters communication between Federal agencies, specific sites, and utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency and water conservation projects to help agencies meet their mandated energy goals. Please note that the FUPWG Meeting Code of Conduct prohibits the use of aggressive sales techniques by attendees at Working Group seminars, and it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives.
Jan. 5, 2016
EPA and DOE have released the 2016 Fuel Economy Guide, which gives consumers important information about estimated fuel costs and mileage standards for model year 2016 vehicles.
Jan. 4, 2016
This interactive program will enable attendees to learn from leading practitioners with experience guiding renewables projects from start to finish at their organizations. The program will be comprised of training activities, interactive exercises, hands-on learning opportunities for successfully navigating the intricacies of renewable energy projects, and case studies from different industries illustrating strategies for addressing challenges and opportunities related to establishing a comprehensive renewables strategy. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of the renewables marketplace, and a plan for engaging the right stakeholders to integrate cutting edge initiatives into the energy strategies of their organizations.
Dec. 16, 2015
(WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2015) – In support of the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly released the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Progress Report today, updating the federal government's progress to reduce methane emissions through biogas systems since the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap was completed by the three agencies in July 2014. Today's report highlights actions taken, outlines challenges and opportunities, and identifies next steps to the growth of a robust biogas industry.
Dec. 1, 2015
This new analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicates U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels were 5,406 million metric tons carbon dioxide in 2014, an increase of 1 percent from the 2013 level. U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions remain about 10% below the 2005 level.
Nov. 24, 2015
The GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama's Federal Sustainability goals. They honor Federal civilian and military personnel, agency teams, agency projects, facilities, and programs that exemplify President Obama's charge to lead by example.
On November 23, the White House announced eight awards in seven different categories to individuals and teams. These honorees exemplify our Federal workforce's commitment to meeting the President's directive to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nation's prosperity, promote energy security, protect the interests of taxpayers, combat climate change, and safeguard the health of our environment.
Nov. 16, 2015
Have LEDs, high performance fluorescents and electronically ballasted ceramic metal halides made lighting controls obsolete when it comes to saving energy? While increasingly efficient lighting has diminished the energy saving impact of occupancy sensors, photo controls and advanced controls, there are benefits from these technologies that go beyond controlling the lights. Join us to discuss all the benefits of advanced lighting controls--when to use them and why.
Oct. 19, 2015
This site is a one-stop shop for finding energy- and water-efficient technologies and products that can help agencies meet federal facility goals and requirements. Find technologies and products by category or efficiency program, or use the Advanced Search to sort by program, topic, or campaigns and resources.
Oct. 7, 2015
This training series covers the fundamentals of renewable energy systems, including primary components, requirements, and best practices for utilizing renewable energy for electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications at Federal facilities. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) certificate series are groupings of eTraining core courses that allow learners to reach a higher level of expertise in certain series topic areas. Learners receive a certificate upon successfully completing all of the courses in a FEMP certificate series. They will also receive continuing education units from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
Oct. 7, 2015
This training series covers utility energy service contracts as a contracting vehicle to fund and implement energy efficiency measures at Federal facilities. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) certificate series are groupings of eTraining core courses that allow learners to reach a higher level of expertise in certain series topic areas. Learners receive a certificate upon successfully completing all of the courses in a FEMP certificate series. They will also receive continuing education units from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
Oct. 7, 2015
This training series covers energy savings performance contracts as a contracting vehicle to fund and implement energy conservation measures and make energy improvements at Federal facilities. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) certificate series are groupings of eTraining core courses that allow learners to reach a higher level of expertise in certain series topic areas. Learners receive a certificate upon successfully completing all of the courses in a FEMP certificate series. They will also receive continuing education units from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
Oct. 5, 2015
This version of the workbook must be used for comprehensive reporting of fiscal year (FY) 2015 energy, costs, square footage, and associated operational data. The data report is an Excel workbook that collects agency-aggregated data that are necessary for calculating scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas emissions in the commonly used native units of energy consumption and fugitive emissions, as well as activity data for estimating scope 3 indirect emissions. It provides users with the summation of their calculated emissions, as well as the performance results for other energy and sustainability goals. The Annual Greenhouse Gas and Sustainability Data Report for FY 2015 is due on 29 January 2016.
Oct. 5, 2015
President Obama has proclaimed October 2015 as Energy Action Month. This DOE website leads you to ideas and resources on how to celebrate Energy Action Month.
Sep. 21, 2015
This course provides experienced energy savings performance contracts (ESPC) practitioners with insight into gaining additional savings from ESPC projects. Course modules focus on four specific energy conservation measures (ECMs) that are underutilized in federal ESPCs due to common implementation barriers, such as savings-flow uncertainty or unevenness, baselining difficulties, and measurement and verification (M&V) process ambiguities. Featured ECMs include demand response, cogeneration/CHP, irrigation efficiency improvements, and retro-commissioning. After completing a course evaluation and multiple-choice assessment, participants will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for continuing education units.
Sep. 17, 2015
This publication states that a Zero Energy Building is "an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy." This definition also applies to campuses, portfolios, and communities. In addition to providing clarity across the industry, this new DOE publication provides important guidelines for measurement and implementation, specifically explaining how to utilize this definition for building projects.
Sep. 15, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released QTR 2015 that describes the current energy landscape, the potential for improvement in systems and technologies, and a wide-ranging set of related research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) opportunities.
Aug. 24, 2015
Sponsored by FEMP, the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize individuals, groups, and agencies for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities.
Aug. 17, 2015
The new Submetering Wizard (https://sftool.gov/plan/submetering
) enables the user to learn about submetering techniques and benefits as they relate to gas, water and electrical (circuit, system & end-use device) systems. The Agency Green Building Practices (https://sftool.gov/learn/10129/agency-practices
) section is a detailed repository of education and information about policies, strategies, case studies and tools developed in the process of greening their buildings and shared with the Interagency Sustainability Working Group (ISWG).
Aug. 12, 2015
First presented in May 2015, this webinar uses of real world examples and an enhanced understanding of the design process to empower project managers and design team members to utilize energy modeling on their projects. From contract language to communications, the webinar will address the key components you need to understand in order to successfully incorporate energy modeling into the design process.
Aug. 11, 2015
(August 11, 2015) - According to two reports released today by the Energy Department, the U.S. wind energy industry continued growing at an impressive rate in 2014, further solidifying America's position as a global leader in wind energy. Wind power is a key component of the President's all-of-the-above energy strategy and Clean Power Plan to reduce climate-changing carbon pollution, diversify our energy economy, and boost America's economic competitiveness by bringing innovative technologies online. With rapidly increasing wind energy generation, fast-growing demand, and steadily decreasing wind energy prices--the lowest ever seen in the United States-- the U.S. wind energy market remains strong.
Aug. 3, 2015
Clean Cities Now is the official biannual newsletter of Clean Cities, an initiative designed to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector by advancing the use of alternative and renewable fuels, fuel economy improvements, idle-reduction measures, and new technologies, as they emerge.
Jul. 1, 2015
Continue to learn about EPA's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data. Multiple dates available.
Jun. 30, 2015
July 2015 issue of the quarterly publication of "The Corps Environment" newsletter, published by the USACE Environmental Community of Practice. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information about Corps environmental actions, issues, policies and technologies. Click here for the July 2015 edition
Jun. 17, 2015
The 2015 symposium was the platform for releasing the new implementing instructions for EO 13693 as well as providing updates on numerous other sustainability efforts by Federal Agencies. See the website for a full list of presentations and speakers. The symposium was held on 10 June 2015 and hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and George Washington University.
May. 29, 2015
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. General Services Administration, and the U.S. Navy Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam are all winners in the 2015 Advanced RTU Campaign. The estimated energy savings for all the winners combined total over 100,000,000 kWh and $10 Million per year from efficient RTU replacements, retrofits, and quality management.
May. 29, 2015
This course will: describe the most common energy efficiency measures specific to data centers; explain where different data center energy efficiency measures apply and don't apply; discuss the pros and cons associated with data center energy efficiency measures; and how to estimate the expected savings associated with data center energy efficiency measures.
May. 28, 2015
The presentation will 1) provide Federal requirements for exterior lighting (FEMP Designated levels), 2) provide an overview of the Lighting Energy in Parking (LEEP) Campaign resources for federal users and how to join the campaign, and 3) demonstrate how LED Lighting Facts for Federal Users can be used to identify LED exterior lighting products that meet FEMP designated levels and other performance parameters.
May. 27, 2015
EO 13693 requires that monthly performance data for covered buildings be entered into Portfolio Manager. This This website provides a series of PDF files and videos covering the ins and outs of ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager.
May. 26, 2015
This eTraining core course explains how Federal performance contracting mandates require agencies to evaluate their facilities, identify potential savings, and appropriately leverage private and public sector funding to invest in comprehensive projects. This course introduces learners to best practices for establishing partnerships with energy services companies (ESCOs) through energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) to meet this challenge.
May. 26, 2015
This webinar addresses the responsibilities of agency contracting and technical personnel for administering an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) task order during the post-acceptance performance period. It also discusses life-of-contract (LOC) services and training provided by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to agencies with ESPCs in the performance period. The purpose of LOC services is to help agencies maintain compliance and high value in their ESPC projects.
May. 4, 2015
Signed by President Obama on 30 April 2015, this act mandates the GSA Administrator develop model commercial leasing provisions and best practices to promote energy efficiency and water efficiency in Federal and other buildings. This act also amends the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Apr. 17, 2015
Public Works Digest is an unofficial publication of the U.S. Army Installation
Management Command, under AR 360-1, The Army Public Affairs Program. The April/May/June edition covers various environment and sustainability news and activities throughout the Army. See attachment
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
(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: email@example.com
(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
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.