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Apr. 18, 2014
Also known as the Battle of the Buildings, this is a national competition among commercial buildings to save energy and water, and fight climate change. Competitors will work off the waste through improvements in energy and water efficiency with help from EPA's ENERGY STAR program. Applications will be accepted through May 16, 2014
Apr. 15, 2014
The goal of this conference is to bring together the community of researchers, business leaders, government agencies, and economic development personnel to share and exchange research findings, ideas, and strategies for the common goal of sustainable development of wood-based bio-refineries for production of biofuels and co-products in the Pacific Northwest. USDA is one of the conference sponsors.
Apr. 14, 2014
The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive is pleased to announce that the nomination process for the White House Council on Environmental Quality's 2014 GreenGov Presidential Awards will begin on Monday, April 14th. We invite Federal civilian and military personnel to participate in the Awards to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama's Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance. The GreenGov Presidential Awards honor exceptional Federal personnel, teams, projects and facilities, and programs that exemplify President Obama's charge to lead by example in sustainability. The Awards nomination submission period will be from April 14th – May 23rd. More information on the background, award categories, and submission instructions can be found at https://www.fedcenter.gov/greengovpresidentialawards.
Apr. 14, 2014
Sponsored by the International Academic Forum (IAFOR), NACSEE 2014 will address the various dimensions of human sustainability as we invite scholars from around the world to address questions and search for synergies and solutions to complex issues surrounding sustainability, energy & the environment.
Apr. 11, 2014
Get ready for the 2014 Battle of the Buildings. Through this webinar, attendees will learn how to earn recognition for energy and water savings, and how to register for the competition. Join thousands of buildings from across the nation in this annual competition that leads to millions of dollars and kBtus of savings.
Apr. 8, 2014
Sponsored by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, this award recognizes leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners will be selected based on demonstrated excellence in the following categories: Energy Policy, Leadership, Implementation and Deployment, Research and Development (R&D). The awards will be presented at the 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 17 - 22.
Apr. 1, 2014
The Better Buildings Summit is the Department of Energy's annual meeting for Better Buildings Alliance partners to showcase demonstrated market solutions and highlight future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in commercial and public buildings, multifamily residential housing, and industrial plants and facilities.
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. 26, 2014
WINDPOWER is the annual conference and exhibition for the U.S. wind industry, hosted by AWEA. Wind energy professionals and those interested in learning about the industry can attend educational sessions, visit with exhibitors, and learn more about the wind energy economy.
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.
Mar. 4, 2014
Orlando, Florida Sessions include topics such as: Micro Grids and Energy Security; Response to National Disasters, and Current Practices.
Feb. 20, 2014
This 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. Learn about a multi-disciplinary process to streamline site visit planning and on-site discovery, recommend corrective measures, establish a "Master List of Findings," and complete the project handoff.
Feb. 20, 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.
Feb. 12, 2014
This three-day workshop educates attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The workshop consists of a basic introduction to the Department of Energy IDIQ contracts and how to get started with an ESPC project at your site. Training sections cover task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, risk and responsibility, measurement and verification, understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration. Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics provide the trainee with an opportunity to learn by doing. Whether you are at the beginning of acquisition planning and considering the ESPC approach or are already underway with a project, this workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of the ESPC process. The workshop is sponsored by DOE/FEMP and is taught by experts in the field of alternatively financed contracts including federal contracting officers (retired and active), federal financing specialists, DOE national laboratory experts, and other consultants with extensive background in ESPCs. Registration is open to Federal employees and DOE M&O contractors. The Introduction to ESPC webinar is a prerequisite for attending this course.
Feb. 12, 2014
This three-day workshop educates attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The workshop consists of a basic introduction to the Department of Energy IDIQ contracts and how to get started with an ESPC project at your site. Training sections cover task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, risk and responsibility, measurement and verification, understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration. Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics provide the trainee with an opportunity to learn by doing. Whether you are at the beginning of acquisition planning and considering the ESPC approach or are already underway with a project, this workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of the ESPC process. The workshop is sponsored by DOE/FEMP and is taught by experts in the field of alternatively financed contracts including federal contracting officers (retired and active), federal financing specialists, DOE national laboratory experts, and other consultants with extensive background in ESPCs. Registration is open to Federal employees and DOE M&O contractors. The Introduction to ESPC webinar is a prerequisite for attending this course.
Feb. 12, 2014
This three-day workshop educates attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The workshop consists of a basic introduction to the Department of Energy IDIQ contracts and how to get started with an ESPC project at your site. Training sections cover task order ordering procedures, contractor selection, energy saving technologies, risk and responsibility, measurement and verification, understanding task order schedules, pricing and financing aspects of the project, and post award contract administration. Breakout sessions focusing on technical and contracting topics provide the trainee with an opportunity to learn by doing. Whether you are at the beginning of acquisition planning and considering the ESPC approach or are already underway with a project, this workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of the ESPC process. The workshop is sponsored by DOE/FEMP and is taught by experts in the field of alternatively financed contracts including federal contracting officers (retired and active), federal financing specialists, DOE national laboratory experts, and other consultants with extensive background in ESPCs. Registration is open to Federal employees and DOE M&O contractors. The Introduction to ESPC webinar is a prerequisite for attending this course.
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. 19, 2013
Topics range from sediment management, remediation, sustainability, and carbon footprint and lifecycle analysis to contamination at military installations.
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. 28, 2013
The theme of the conference is "INNOVATION: From Cutting Edge to Common Place."
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.
Oct. 7, 2013
The theme of this year's conference is "The Next Generation: Reaching for High Energy Savings."
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. 14, 2013
This symposium focuses on green/renewable energy technology and innovations in existing technologies as the vantage point in the new economy creating and maintaining jobs, contract and exporting opportunities, and new policies leading to economic vitality and a healthier planet.
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. 18, 2013
This new standards updates the baseline energy performance standards for the construction of new Federal commercial and high-rise multi-family high-rise residential buildings. The rule updates the Federal commercial standard to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1-2010. This rule is effective 9 September 2013. POC is Mohammed Khan, tel 202-586-7892, email: Mohammad.Khan@ee.doe.gov (Federal Register; 9 July 2013 [Rules and Regulations], pages 40945 - 40953).
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.
May. 30, 2013
The 2013 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Sustainability Awards strive to continuously recognize teams and individuals for their outstanding sustainability contributions, including accomplishments in managing pollution, waste, energy, water, and vehicle fleets. Winners will be recognized in fall 2013 for their outstanding contributions. Nominations will be accepted through the new DOE Sustainability Awards Database. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 28, 2013. ***Only DOE personnel are eligible to nominate and qualify for this award.
May. 21, 2013
In April 2013, EPA announced the winners of the Federal Green Challenge. Nationally during FY12, nearly 300 participating agencies, representing over 500,000 federal employees, "walked the walk" to reduce their environmental footprint. The result was an estimated cost savings of more than $32 million to U.S. taxpayers. For details on winners and specific locations, see the website.
May. 16, 2013
DOE has published a new series of protocols for determining savings from energy efficiency upgrades in homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities. Developed in close collaboration with the nation's leading technical experts under the Uniform Methods Project, these protocols offer a straightforward approach for calculating energy savings made possible from common residential and commercial efficiency measures in utility-based energy efficiency programs.
May. 13, 2013
FEMP has released reports and data illustrating progress made by federal agencies in meeting the requirements of Section 432 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). This publically-available data set is now available from FEMP's EISA 432 Compliance Tracking System (CTS). EISA requires federal agencies to identify "covered facilities" that constitute at least 75% of their total facility energy use and designate an energy manager responsible for implementing the requirements at each covered facility.
May. 6, 2013
Offered as a part of the Whole Building Design Guide, this course provides hands-on learning and practice to teach professional about finding, specifying, and selecting energy-efficient products. The course outlines the financial and enviornmental benefits of buying energy-efficient products and summarizes the legal requirements underpinning Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), which mandatre the purchase of ENERGY STAR, low standby power, and FEMO-designated products, This training covers both fundamental and intermediate topics, including how to integrate energy-efficiency into the procurement process and overcome potential barriers. The 4.5-hour course is worth 4.5 learning units and 0.5 FEMP continuing education credits.
Apr. 23, 2013
The Federal Center South Building in Seattle has been named as one of AIA's Top Ten Green Projects for 2013. For details on the design and innovations which led to the building being names one of the top ten, see the website.
Mar. 26, 2013
AFMSA is winning the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for successfully using ENERGY STRA resources as the foundation to meet its target of reducing energy intensity by 30 percent by 2015. AFMSA of the Air Force Medical Service provides facility management services to 17 million square ft of healthcare facilities worldwide.
Mar. 18, 2013
EPA's Green Power Partnership works with a wide variety of leading organizations -- from Fortune 500® companies to local, state and federal governments, and a growing number of colleges and universities. Usage figures are based on annualized Partner contract amounts (kilowatt-hours), not calendar year totals. These rankings are updated on a quarterly schedule.
Feb. 7, 2013
(WASHINGTON, D.C., February 7, 2013) – Continuing the Obama Administration's commitment to lead by example and cut waste, pollution, and costs in Federal operations, Federal agencies today released their 2012 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans. President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance in October 2009, setting aggressive targets for reducing waste and pollution in Federal operations by 2020. The Sustainability Plans build on three years of progress under the Executive Order and provide an overview of how agencies are saving taxpayer dollars, reducing carbon emissions, cutting waste, and saving energy.
Jan. 28, 2013
"Calculator inputs are organized by project type, performance factors, and cost factors, and calculator results compare your choice of boiler with the lifetime energy cost savings of a boiler that meets FEMP minimum efficiency requirements."
Dec. 19, 2012
The Annual Energy Outlook 2013 (AEO2013) Reference case has been released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The report presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040. These projections include only the effects of policies that have been implemented in law or final regulations.
Nov. 8, 2012
This course provides Federal energy and facility managers with the knowledge and skills to take full advantage of the benefits of advanced electric metering systems. The course discusses the components of an advanced electric metering system that meet Federal requirements and help sites take full advantage of metered data. Emphasis is placed on the data analysis, including selecting the appropriate software tools and conducting analyses that achieve quantifiable results. This course is offered by FEMP.
Nov. 8, 2012
Focused on managing the Energy Assessment process in federal facilities, this course assists the Federal Energy and Facility Manager to comply with executive orders and legislative mandates and meet the requirements of Section 432 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. A properly planned and executed energy assessment provides a roadmap for making cost-effective improvements that drive energy and operational efficiencies. This course provides a framework for determining the type of energy assessment to conduct and an overview of how the energy assessment process systemically reviews key facility components including building envelope; mechanical systems such as HVAC; and electrical systems such as lighting. This course focuses on key applications of energy assessments in specific Federal applications such as data centers and laboratories, incorporating best practices and practical advice from experts in Federal energy assessments. This course is offered by FEMP.
Nov. 8, 2012
This course covers PV technologies typically installed at Federal sites along with installation options, PV module ratings and testing, and warranties. Roof vs. ground mounted PV arrays, fixed vs. tracked PV arrays, and other options are discussed in terms of logistical, technical, and economic considerations. This course is offered by FEMP.
Nov. 8, 2012
This course provides Federal facility managers with practical information and action-based strategies to change individual and organizational behavior in support of energy efficiency and strategic sustainability goals. While advanced technologies are increasingly effective at reducing energy and resource intensity in buildings and facilities, optimal results cannot occur unless multiple strategies are employed to change individual and organizational behavior. This course emphasizes the link between individual behavior and institutional change. It introduces the framework of "rules, roles, and tools" to guide the systematic design, development, implementation, and evaluation of multiple strategies to achieve-and maintain over the long term-individual and institutional change.
Nov. 7, 2012
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recently released its "Annual Energy Management Report" for Fiscal Year 2011. The 441-page document details DOD activities to promote energy security and leverage new energy technologies, focusing on energy at its fixed installations. This annual report discusses a variety of energy issues, including DOD efforts to manage its facility energy program and reduce energy consumption in part by increasing the supply of renewable energy.
Nov. 7, 2012
This report is the most recent in a series of GAO reports examining the nexus between energy and water. The report looks at the vast amounts of water used by the U.S. in energy production, from cooling thermoelectric power plants to the growth of feedstocks for biofuel production to oil and gas extraction. It also examines how water and energy are inextricably linked in the treatment of drinking water and wastewater. The GAO report noted several factors likely to affect future supply and demand for both energy and water, including climate change, population growth, and demographic shifts.
Oct. 4, 2012
This DOE document, dated September 2012, provides specific guidance to agencies on the implementation and follow-up of energy and water efficiency measures identified and undertaken per Section 432 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) (42 U.S.C. 8253(f)(4) and (5)) This guidance also provides context for how these activities fit into the comprehensive approach to facility energy and water management outlined by the statute and incorporates by reference previous DOE guidance released for Section 432 of EISA and other related documents.
Oct. 2, 2012
Sponsored by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), the Commit to Efficiency campaign allows those involved in Federal purchases to commit to buying energy-efficient products. This effort is implemented by 1. Taking a pledge; 2. Buying and specifying energy-efficient for every purchase; and 3. Spreading the word.
Sep. 6, 2012
This course is offered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The purpose of this course is to enable you to reduce operating cost and provide energy savings to the building a student is responsible for. Students will learn the initial steps involved in re-tuning a building controlled via a building automation system (BAS). Interactive exercises are included to provide students "hands-on" practice of the re-tuning process within a virtual building. Students will practice identifying opportunities for energy improvement and then deciding how to re-tune for more efficiency. The intended audience for this course is onsite employees responsible for day-to-day building operations; offsite contractors (retro-commissioning agents or control vendors) hired to improve a building's energy efficiency; and college students interested in entering this field. The focus is on large (100,000 sq. ft.) commercial buildings (office buildings, malls, and schools), but the concepts and techniques presented can be applied to any type and size of facility that has a BAS.
Aug. 20, 2012
Originally presented 3 May 2012, this presentation was a part of the FEMP First Thursday series. Achieving Energy Security in Federal Facilities builds competency in protecting critical missions by integrating energy security measures into all aspects of operations. Employ critical principles, such as diversity, redundancy, reducing demand, planning, and emergency management as you consider energy security. Consider technologies that support energy security and develop an understanding of key issues related to short- and long-term energy disruptions, including storage and maintenance issues.
Aug. 20, 2012
This FEMP-webinar was originally presented 24 February 2011. This course covers the implementation phase of Federal renewable energy projects from creating and issuing a request for proposal (RFP) to project closeout.
Aug. 20, 2012
This FEMP webinar will provide an overview of the Guiding Principle: Optimize Energy Performance for Existing High-Performance Sustainable Buildings. The webinar will also discuss planning, strategies, documentation, reporting and data integrity for compliance.
Aug. 20, 2012
This FEMP webinar was originally presented 24 January 2012. This webinar provides attendees with an exterior SSL technology update, an overview of product and application-related support resources available from FEMP, and case studies of exterior SSL applications. Focus is placed on a performance specification that energy managers can use to help ensure that their SSL sites deliver high-quality lighting while saving energy and minimizing maintenance requirements.
Aug. 20, 2012
This FEMP webinar was originally presented 25 January 2012. This webinar provides attendees with an exterior SSL technology update, an overview of product and application-related support resources available from FEMP, and case studies of exterior SSL applications. Focus is placed on a performance specification that allows the user to select SSL, induction, or fluorescent technology, and apply it in a manner that helps ensure energy-efficient, high-quality lighting results.
Aug. 20, 2012
This FEMP webinar was originally presented 12 July 2012. Implementing Deep Retrofits: A Whole Building Approach fosters competency in developing retrofit solutions that demonstrate integrated, holistic, and synergistic approaches to energy-efficient retrofits. The goal is to yield higher performance results than are achieved with standard, individual, and routine energy conservation measures. Develop skills in scoping opportunities and drafting a statement of work; building system synergies and areas of technology integration; and selecting a contractor. Success stories will also be reviewed.
Aug. 20, 2012
This FEMP webinar was originally presented 7 July 2011. Labs, Data Centers, and High-Tech Facilities outlines Executive Order (E.O.) 13514 requirements and best practices for improving the energy and environmental performance of Federal laboratories, data centers, and high-tech facilities.
Aug. 20, 2012
This FEMP webinar was originally presented 2 February 2012. This webinar illustrates the uses and benefits of spectrally enhanced light (SEL) and solid-state lighting (SSL), such as LED technologies. Topics include best deployment opportunities, correct applications, project examples, and measurement and verification protocols.
Aug. 20, 2012
This FEMP webinar was originally presented 5 April 2012. The webinar demonstrates how to use the FEMP Technology Deployment Matrix to identify and select clean energy technologies that have high potential of immediate deployment into agency energy-use reduction programs; assess potential benefits; execute market-based deployment strategies; and develop performance metrics to validate effectiveness and justify project funding.
Aug. 1, 2012
This webinar, originally presented 18 July 2012, provided an introduction to the new 30-meter high-resolution wind maps developed for the small and distributed wind markets. Included in the discussion was the methodology behind the wind maps, how these maps leverage the learning that occurred in the development of the utility-scale wind maps, and the appropriate use of the maps.
May. 3, 2012
This FEMP 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.
Dec. 20, 2011
This webinar will provide an overview of wind turbine and wildlife issues, including a summary of research plans by the American Wind and Wildlife Institute. Other topics will include an update of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wind regulations and bat/wind turbine interactions. The webinar is free; no registration is required. The webinar is sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Wind Powering America Newsletter.
Dec. 8, 2011
DOE has released the latest version of its building energy modeling software EnergyPlus, which calculates the energy required to heat, cool, ventilate, and light a building. EnergyPlus is used by architects and engineers to design more efficient buildings, by researchers to investigate new building and system designs, and by policymakers to develop energy codes and standards. The advanced physics calculations within EnergyPlus allows it to model a wide range of residential and commercial buildings and HVAC system types, including passive building designs and low-energy systems.
Nov. 16, 2011
(WASHINGTON, November 16, 2011) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information that can help them choose a more efficient new vehicle that saves them money and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. While fuel efficient vehicles come in a variety of fuel types, classes, and sizes, many new advanced technology vehicles debut on this year's annual list of top fuel economy performers. Fuel economy leaders within each vehicle category – from two-seaters to large SUVs – include widely available products such as conventional gasoline models and clean diesels.
Nov. 7, 2011
Energy Star's Portfolio Manager, an online energy measurement and tracking tool, will now include the updated hospital methodology. The updated Energy Star national energy performance scale methodology for hospitals now includes data inputs for the number of MRI machines and personnel and adjustments to weather normalization to reflect the amount of energy used to cool the building. Additionally, the methodology's 5 million square foot size cap was removed, allowing larger hospitals to take advantage of the online tool.
Sep. 12, 2011
This FEMP workshop is provided for Federal procurement teams, providing an overview of the contracting options and services available from serving utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. Participants will be walked through the typical project process spanning the audit phase to commissioning the equipment.
Jul. 20, 2011
Obama Administration Officials and Industry Leaders Unveil Federal Strategy to Promote U.S.-Based Electronics Recycling Market and Jobs / Dell Inc., Sprint and Sony Electronics sign agreement with EPA to encourage certified recycling, protect public health, and support best practices in electronics stewardship.
May. 24, 2011
On May 24, 2011, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, General Services Administrator Martha Johnson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced a major step in moving the Federal fleet further towards advanced vehicles and decreased petroleum consumption, while also cutting costs associated with fuel consumption. Furthering the Administration's goals to cut oil imports by one-third by 2025 and to put one million advanced vehicles on the road by 2015, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum today directing agencies to implement governmentwide fleet management practices that will ensure the Federal Government is leading by example in fuel efficiency and innovative technology. Implementation of these new requirements will move the government to purchasing 100 percent alternative fuel vehicles by 2015 and drive agencies to meet the required 30 percent decrease in petroleum consumption by 2020 under Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance signed by President Obama in October 2009.
Apr. 22, 2011
The Army has released a list of installations that are participating in an energy-conserving pilot program to only use as much energy as they create by 2020. The initiative, called Net Zero, will focus on energy as well as water and waste usage procedures, explained Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.
Jan. 21, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the launch of a new online collaboration tool and data resource focused on bioenergy. The "Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework" allows researchers, policymakers, and investors to share large data sets, as well as the latest bioenergy research. The Framework also facilitates collaborative production, integration, and analysis of information. Registered users will be able to contribute additional data sets that can then be shared, growing the body of knowledge, better informing this growing industry, and eliminating "information silos." The Framework allows simultaneous geographic mapping of complex data sets such as biomass feedstock production, fueling stations, and biorefineries on a national, state, and even county-level basis – providing the bioenergy industry an analytical tool for identifying new opportunities for research, supportive policies, and project investment. The Framework is part of the Obama Administration's commitment to developing homegrown, sustainable, and plentiful sources of clean energy, like biofuels.
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