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Sep. 17, 2021
For most of us, recycling is something we do without much thought. In other words, we have "operationalized" the routine to the point it is almost a reflex. Although society has not operationalized water efficiency to the same extent, proven success with notable Fortune 500 companies and a developing municipal water conservation program in Spokane, WA shows how a simple change in traditional water efficiency audits could be the missing link to a future where water efficiency is as common as recycling is today. Attendees will learn how to: 1. Emphasize lowering total operational costs; 2. Diagnose water efficiency opportunities at a Commercial, Institutional, or Industrial (CII) property; 3. Simplify the initial steps required to make water efficiency routine across CII Properties; and 4. Integrate proven "tricks of the trade" to make water efficiency part of daily routines.
Sep. 13, 2021
The DOE released the Solar Futures Study detailing the significant role solar will play in decarbonizing the nation’s power grid. The study shows that by 2035, solar energy has the potential to power 40% of the nation’s electricity, drive deep decarbonization of the grid, and employ as much as 1.5 million people—without raising electricity prices. The study’s findings call for massive and equitable deployment of clean energy sources, underscoring the Biden Administration’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis and rapidly increase access to renewable power throughout the country.
Sep. 13, 2021
This webinar features EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a powerful online tool that can help you track and manage your system's energy usage and energy savings from efficiency projects, including related greenhouse gas emissions for your inventories. We will discuss how Portfolio Manager benefits water and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) systems, and demonstrate how you can create an account and benchmark your systems at no cost to you. Discussion will include some of the most common energy-saving recommendations. Other topics may include additional energy and cost saving recommendations such as composting sludge and selling it as fertilizer, biogas generation from sludge, demand shifting, electricity rate plan changes, switching to LEDs, replacing motors with high efficiency ones, etc.
Sep. 8, 2021
Data centers are energy-intensive and opportunities exist to reduce energy use, but significant knowledge, training, and skills are required to perform accurate data center energy assessments. In order to accelerate energy savings, the data center industry and DOE partnered to develop the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program. The DCEP training program certifies energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers.
Sep. 8, 2021
Laboratory fume hoods are energy-intensive. This calculator estimates annual fume hood energy use and costs for user-specified climates and assumptions about operation and equipment efficiencies. To create comparative energy-use scenarios, vary inputs in the Assumptions panel as desired. The fume hood calculator is sponsored by the DOE and FEMP.
Sep. 8, 2021
Federal agency staff are facing increasing pressure to defend operational technologies against cyber intrusion. This webinar will provide an overview of new cybersecurity self-assessment tools focused specifically on facility related control systems (FRCS) funded by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). This webinar will focus on a new architecture generation interactive tool (ArcGen) that helps users to architect the operational technology (OT) network and discover security gaps and needed enhancements.
Sep. 8, 2021
This webinar will educate attendees (federal employees, utility and ESCO representatives) who work with performance contracts about how to follow the FEMP guidance on escalation rates and how to use the Energy Escalation Rate Calculator (EERC). It will focus on the importance of setting escalation rates responsibly (i.e., not unduly low, which raises interest costs and potentially sacrifices project scope, or high, which exposes the customer to the risk that actual monetary savings will fall short of contractor payments). In addition, this webinar will train attendees on the proper use of the online NIST/FEMP EERC tool, including the handling of carbon pricing.
Sep. 7, 2021
Document recommends the use of eProject Builder, which carries additional value in its simplification of federal agency reporting by dovetailing with the Federal Energy Management Program's EISA 432 Compliance Tracking System.
Aug. 27, 2021
To assist agencies with the incorporating 50001 Ready requirements to ISO 14001:2015 principles, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) developed a crosswalk guidance document. Using an Energy Management System (EnMS) enables an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. This means an EnMS, like an environmental management system (EMS) per ISO 14001, manages energy as a resource through a process-based approach rather than a project-based approach. DOE's Adaptation Guide lists actions you can take within your EMS to meet the requirements of DOE's 50001 Ready program. In addition, DOE Crosswalk identifies requirements that differ between ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 50001:2018 and provides tips and recommended actions to implement an energy management system (EnMS) that conforms to ISO 50001.
Aug. 25, 2021
This August 2021 edition of The Corps Environment highlights considering the environment when employing a risk management and systems approach, in support of Environmental Operating Principle #5. Content includes commentary from Mr. Richard Kidd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Environment and Energy Resilience), and highlights initiatives across the Army environmental community. Content includes:
  • U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) discusses their formation of a tiger team to tackle climate change
  • U.S. Army Environmental Command highlights how the Army's commitment to endangered species is enhancing training lands
  • USACE Far East District shares how they are leading biodiversity efforts for American forces in Korea
  • USACE Omaha District discusses how they are leveraging an innovative approach to clean up and restore a formerly used defense site
  • ERDC highlights how USACE and its partners received an international award for the Tyndall Coastal Resilience Study.
  • Aug. 24, 2021
    Get a better understanding of the many people and partnerships involved in deploying a new energy-saving technology in your buildings. According to the International Energy Agency, meeting carbon goals requires faster scale-up of technologies. As much as half of the carbon dioxide reductions needed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 must come from technologies that have yet to reach the market. This webinar will explore current real-world examples of deploying technologies developed by DOE and the National Labs. Participants will learn about DOE's ongoing efforts and opportunities to collaborate with the department.
    Aug. 24, 2021
    As building owners and operators reflect on the pandemic, organizations are making plans to increase preparedness, improve resilience, and enact responsive building operations that can reduce energy and scale occupancy. Improving operations during periods of low occupancy, such as temporarily decommissioning buildings, can reduce energy consumption and help building owners avoid unnecessary costs. Learn from DOE's National Laboratories and Better Buildings partners as they discuss changes to their own pandemic preparedness and response plans and best practices for navigating future events.
    Aug. 16, 2021
    WASHINGTON – (August 16, 2021) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing expanded efforts to drive energy efficiency improvements among U.S. data centers. Through its ENERGY STAR program, EPA has launched an updated specification for ENERGY STAR certification of data storage products, unveiled a brand-new website experience designed to serve as the go-to place for data center energy efficiency resources, and will be updating its 1-100 ENERGY STAR score for data centers.
    Jul. 12, 2021
    A bill to support and fund the Federal procurement of clean energy products. (Congressional Record: 28 May 2021 [House] Pages H2672-H2677)
    May. 25, 2021
    DOE in partnership with the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI), announced a $6.5 million request for proposals (RFP) to develop new technologies for purifying non-traditional water sources. The advancements in desalination technologies will help propel the modernization of America's water infrastructure, increase access to clean, potable water and move the country towards net-zero emissions by 2050.
    May. 4, 2021
    This collection of solutions provides guidance on establishing a green revolving fund to overcome a lack of dedicated capital. A green revolving fund is an internal capital pool dedicated to funding energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability projects that generate cost savings. A portion of those savings is then used to replenish the fund, establishing an ongoing funding vehicle to help drive energy efficiency and sustainability investment over time.
    Apr. 28, 2021
    U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) issued a $13 million solicitation for new energy projects that will help federal facilities improve the efficiency of their operations and reduce their carbon footprint. Through this Federal Agency Call (FAC), entitled, "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT),” DOE will help ensure that the federal government is leading by example in the effort to achieve the Biden Administration’s goal of a 100% clean-energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050.
    Apr. 19, 2021
    The American Clean Power Association will host CLEANPOWER 2021, which will feature topics related to utility-scale wind, solar, storage, and transmission. The focus is to bring together the different technologies that make up the renewables mix--land-based wind, offshore wind, solar, storage, and transmission--as well as the different segments within the industries: manufacturers, construction firms, owner-operators, utilities, financial firms, and corporate entities.
    Apr. 14, 2021
    Register now for the U.S. Department of Energy's annual Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit taking place May 17-20, 2021. This engaging, interactive virtual symposium brings together energy, finance, and sustainability professionals in the commercial, public, industrial, and residential building sectors. Industry leaders who partner with DOE will share their insights, expertise, and approaches for achieving organizational goals around energy efficiency, resilience, workforce development, low-carbon targets, and more.
    Apr. 7, 2021
    This document is a resource--to be used in concert with FEMP Audit Definitions, FEMP Consolidated Facility Management Guidance, and agency best practices and expert judgment--for agencies to use to determine the best approaches to evaluate their facilities. It features a decision tree that provides a framework for agencies to interpret gathered facility data to understand the existing conditions; benchmark the facility against others in the portfolio to determine whether an on-site or remote audit is appropriate for a facility; determine the best remote or on-site audit level of detail to meet agency facility auditing goals, such as meeting Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requirements and developing projects; and improve their energy and water management programs.
    Mar. 18, 2021
    The DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced its intent to issue three sustainable transportation technologies funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) in Spring 2021. These potential funding opportunities seek innovative research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) in the pursuit of technologies that will help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the transportation sector, the highest source of emissions in the United States.
    Mar. 18, 2021
    The Wastewater Energy Management Toolkit is a collection of resources that enables water resource recovery facilities to learn and benefit from the work of DOE's Better Buildings Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure of the Future (SWIFt) Accelerator. Toolkit resources support best practices and innovative approaches successfully used by wastewater facilities to establish and implement energy management and planning.
    Mar. 10, 2021
    This package of materials is intended to guide users through the specification, procurement, and selection of an Energy Management and Information System (EMIS) or related building performance monitoring and diagnostic technology. It includes a Request for Proposals (RFP) Template that can be filled out to create an organization- and project-specific RFP for vendors.
    Mar. 9, 2021
    The Department of the Interior today announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed the environmental analysis of the proposed Vineyard Wind I offshore wind project. This represents major progress in the Biden-Harris administrations goal to accelerate responsible development of renewable energy on public lands and waters as a key component of tackling the climate crisis and creating jobs. Vineyard Wind is proposing what is expected to be the first project developed in their lease area, an 800-megawatt wind energy project offshore Massachusetts. The proposed project would be located approximately 12 nautical miles offshore Martha's Vineyard and 12 nautical miles offshore Nantucket in the northern portion of Vineyard Winds lease area. If approved, it would be the first commercial scale offshore wind project in the United States.
    Mar. 9, 2021
    This Toolkit collects the DOE's Smart Energy Analytics Campaign's best resources including guidance, success stories, and webinars to help facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities and performance improvements from EMIS and ongoing monitoring practices.
    Feb. 19, 2021
    The U.S. Department of Energy and its National Laboratories released updated versions of their open-source, whole-building energy modeling tools, the EnergyPlus™ engine, and the OpenStudio™ Software Development Kit (SDK). Installation package downloads for Windows, Mac OS X, and Ubuntu Linux are available at Energyplus and OpenStudio, respectively. Peer-to-peer and developer support is available via the Unmet Hours forum. More information about all of DOE's building energy modeling software and research projects can be found at
    Feb. 5, 2021
    WETO's WINDExchange initiative continues to publish maps of wind resources at 100-meter hub height to provide easy-to-understand snapshots of wind energy potential based on validated data specific to different regions of the United States. Developed by experts at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, these maps depict the quality of available wind resources in different regions, which can aid preliminary efforts to understand wind resource availability in an area.
    Feb. 5, 2021
    The Wind Plant Integrated Systems Design and Engineering Model (WISDEM) is a systems engineering software tool that couples engineering and cost models to help engineers understand system-level tradeoffs of design tweaks and take a holistic, systemic approach to their designs. The software allows users to swap out the blades in a turbine design, for example, and then evaluate what the impact of this change would be on other components, as well as on the overall cost and performance of the whole turbine.
    Feb. 4, 2021
    (UPDATE 02/04/21 - repeat Energy & Water Efficiency webinar added for March 3): Join your fellow colleagues in attending any number of four virtual training webinars being offered in 2021 by the 2022 Federal Environmental Symposium Planning Committee. Topics include Environmental Compliance, Energy & Water Efficiency, Sustainability, and Environmental Management Systems. Please go to https://www.fedcenter.gov/fes2022 for more information or click the attachment below.
    Feb. 1, 2021
    Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad
    January 27, 2021
    The EO has three overarching objectives 1) promote safe global temperature, 2) increase climate resilience, and 3) support financial a pathway toward low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. The EO reinstates the Presidential Memorandum of September 21, 2016 (Climate Change and National Security), establishes the Climate Policy Office within the Executive Office of the President and establishes a National Climate Task Force. In addition, the EO aims to use Federal procurement to support robust climate action including a carbon pollution-free electricity sector, no later than 2035 and clean and zero-emission vehicles for Federal, State, local, and Tribal government fleets.
    Jan. 29, 2021
    Through Better Buildings, DOE works with organizations to make buildings and plants more energy-efficient. The Better Buildings team has collected renewables resources that help navigate alternative energy solutions and future energy options and address common challenges. One will find information on renewable energy basics, financing, green power procurement, and access to technical experts.
    Jan. 13, 2021
    The Department of Energy's FEMP congratulates the 27 winners of the 2020 Federal Energy and Water Management and the two winners of the FEMP Directors Award. Through the annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards competition, FEMP recognizes outstanding achievements in energy and water efficiency, resilience, technology, distributed energy, cybersecurity, and fleet management across the federal government. The Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize individuals, teams and organizations that have taken initiatives to cut energy waste, reduce costs, optimize performance, and advance Americas progress towards energy independence, resilience, and security. This year's Federal Energy and Water Award winners represent a broad spectrum of agencies across the federal government: U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army, U. S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and Defense Logistics Agency; U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Department of Transportation; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Office of Personnel Management; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Congratulations to the 2020 winners for demonstrating innovation and leadership! The award winners offer a rich opportunity to learn from examples and models and replicate successful strategies across the federal government.
    Nov. 23, 2020
    This edition highlights fostering sustainability as a way of life, in support of Environmental Operating Principle #1. Content includes: commentary from Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Milhorn, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Deputy Commanding General for Military and International Operations, discussing how sustainability ensures mission success in the present and future; and features sustainability initiatives across the Army environmental community. This issue also recognizes Mike Pomeroy, Detroit Dam Power Plant Operator with USACE Portland District, who in addition to protecting himself and our infrastructure during a wilderness wildfire, took additional action to protect the water supply for Salem, Oregon.
    Nov. 13, 2020
    The realities of climate change are already starting to affect corporate bottom lines, forcing C-Suite executives to seek new ways to mitigate risk in their business operations and supply chains. This short course turns random acts of greenness into a metrics driven strategy. We introduce strategies, practices and tools available to leaders at various levels of management that can reduce energy use, improve carbon footprint, and increase competitive advantage. Through over 20 case studies, we will examine strategies that worked across small businesses to the Fortune500 as well as cities to non-profits.
    Nov. 13, 2020
    This short course provides a practical introduction to the concept and practice of enterprise resilience--defined as the capacity for organizations to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of turbulent change. Natural and biological systems have evolved a variety of resilience mechanisms. Likewise, designing for resilience can help business enterprises to overcome disruptions--whether from human or natural causes--and to improve their adaptability to changing conditions. Resilience principles can be incorporated into the design of new technologies, products, processes, and competitive strategies. The course draws extensively on case studies of companies that have adopted resilience strategies and provides tools and methods for implementing "design for resilience."
    Nov. 13, 2020
    A key to understanding resilience is to know how the electric grid works and how renewable energy fits into it. This course provides participants with a grounding in the electric power grid and the knowledge needed to oversee, plan, finance and implement renewable energy projects.
    Nov. 13, 2020
    Electric vehicle are leading the way to electrification of the economy. Students will learn about the types of electric vehicles, the EV market and factors driving market growth, and barriers to growth and how the market may overcome them. Key to the modernization of the energy system is the integration of electric vehicles into the grid system.
    Oct. 21, 2020
    eProject Building 3.0 expands the tool's capability to accommodate two project types, utility energy service contracts (UESCs) and direct-funded projects, in addition to ePB's traditional focus, energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs). While it was technically possible to use ePB for these project types before, the modifications make the tool considerably "friendlier" for users pursuing UESCs and direct-funded projects. Some of the modifications relate primarily to terminology, but there are also functional changes. As an example, savings "guarantees" are eliminated for UESCs, and direct-funded projects do not include loan amortization schedules. In addition, ePB version 3.0 provides a new project data report output that can be directly uploaded to FEMP's EISA 432 Compliance Tracking System (CTS) to populate the CTS Initiated Projects Report.
    Oct. 21, 2020
    The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)'s Technical Resilience Navigator (TRN) helps organizations manage the risk to critical missions from disruptions in energy and water services. It provides a systematic approach to identifying energy and water resiliency gaps and developing and prioritizing solutions that reduce risk. The TRN enables organizations to be proactive in identifying and addressing vulnerabilities to their critical energy and water systems to reduce outage impacts, and support continuous mission operations.
    Sep. 30, 2020
    U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) has worked on ways to protect bats at wind farms. One solution is the development of an ultrasonic bat deterrent technology, from initial concept to recent commercial deployment at wind farms domestically and abroad.
    Sep. 30, 2020
    This course explains how and where distributed wind systems could be installed at federal sites. The training includes an overview of what distributed wind is and covers the wind-specific issues that need to be addressed to proceed through the Federal Energy Management Program's recommended project development and implementation process (i.e., what is needed to go from an initial screening to assessing procurement options). These issues include wind resource assessment, common wind myths, applicable policies and incentives, applicable regulations, land availability, mission compatibility, project costs, project sizing and siting, turbine technology, and other logistical, technical, and economic considerations.
    Sep. 11, 2020
    DOE, DOC, DoD, and Department of State launched the Federal Consortium for Advanced Batteries (FCAB) to accelerate the development of a robust, secure, domestic industrial base for advanced batteries. The Consortium provides a framework for cooperation and coordination among federal agencies having a stake in developing advanced battery technology and establishing a domestic supply of lithium batteries.
    Sep. 4, 2020
    U.S. Secretary of Energy announced the launch of the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform at NREL. Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) is a research platform that can match the complexity of the modern energy system and conduct integrated research to support the development of groundbreaking new energy technologies.
    Aug. 7, 2020
    FEMP recently released the FY 2019 annual data for federal energy, water, and associated performance metrics. The data were released to coincide with the White House Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ's) posting of its FY 2019 progress update, which includes agency progress charts and the FY 2019 Office of Management and Budget's Scorecards for Efficient Federal Operations/Management.
    Aug. 7, 2020
    This on-demand course explains how and where distributed wind systems could be installed at federal sites. The training includes an overview of what distributed wind is and covers the wind-specific issues that need to be addressed to proceed through the Federal Energy Management Program's recommended project development and implementation process (i.e., what is needed to go from an initial screening to assessing procurement options).
    Jul. 22, 2020
    EnergyPlus™ is a whole building energy simulation program that engineers, architects, and researchers use to model both energy consumption--for heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and plug and process loads--and water use in buildings.
    Jul. 22, 2020
    The Advisory Committee provides independent policy advice and recommendations to GSA's Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), to advance federal building innovations in planning, design, and operations to reduce costs, enable agency missions, enhance human health and performance, and minimize environmental impacts.
    Jul. 21, 2020
    The Wind Integration National Dataset (WIND) Toolkit is an update and expansion of the Eastern Wind Integration Data Set and Western Wind Integration Data Set. It supports the next generation of wind integration studies.
    Jul. 9, 2020
    On 7 July 2020, the DOE announced a solicitation for energy and water saving contracts to private-sector companies that will help improve the efficiency and address the infrastructure needs of federal facilities. DOE's will award IDIQ ESPC to multiple vendors.
    Jul. 1, 2020
    Earlier this month, more than 2,000 people attended this year's Virtual Leadership Symposium. Leaders from across the U.S. shared their expertise, insight, and experience as they engaged with attendees on topics including workforce development, healthy buildings, project financing, resilience, and more. View your favorite sessions from the 2020 Summit – or check out one you may have missed. Each recording is accompanied by a downloadable slide deck and transcript.
    Jun. 30, 2020
    On 29 June 2020 FEMP issued a Federal Agency Call titled, "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2020." The AFFECT 2020 FAC (DE-EE0002329) will provide funding to strengthen energy and water infrastructure across federal agencies. Projects will improve the energy efficiency of federal operations while stimulating economic development and creating jobs in construction, building trades, and other sectors.
    Jun. 25, 2020
    FEMP developed a web-based resource guide that provides federal agencies with best practices and technical clarifications for meeting the renewable electricity requirement, as directed by the CEQ in the Implementing Instructions for EO 13834. The guide provides three options that federal agencies may use to develop a strategy to meet the renewable electricity requirement: Install on-site renewable electricity, Purchase renewable electricity, and Purchase renewable energy certificates. Federal agencies can use these options to develop strategies that enable on-site generation, enhance energy resilience of federal facilities, and reduce costs.
    Apr. 30, 2020
    DOE has released a notice of intent to issue the "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2020" Federal Agency Call, which will help fund the development of federal energy efficiency, resilience, and security projects that use energy performance contracting
    Apr. 17, 2020
    The Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website is updated periodically based on Agency priorities and user requests. The following new features were recently added: • Links to EPA Inspection Reports and Enforcement Documents (no link) • Fiscal Year 2020 Data Downloads EJSCREEN Biosolids Annual Report Data Search AddedSearch for EPA Cases by Pollutant NPDES DMR Non-Receipt Status Search
    Apr. 17, 2020
    This Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) online document includes the PFAS Technical and Regulatory Guidance Document, PFAS Fact Sheets and Explainer Videos, Training Module Videos and external tables of data and information prepared by the ITRC PFAS Team. The document is designed specifically to support state and federal environmental staff, as well as others (including stakeholders, project managers, and decision makers), to gain a working knowledge of the current state of PFAS science and practice. The guidance document can be downloaded as a PDF.
    Apr. 15, 2020
    Replacing lighting with efficient LEDs continues to result in substantial savings for commercial buildings. Join this webinar to hear from three ENERGY STAR partners who have installed LED lighting and realized savings.
    Apr. 14, 2020
    The U.S Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue a funding opportunity to strengthen energy and water infrastructure across federal agencies. Projects will improve the energy efficiency of federal operations while stimulating economic development and creating jobs in construction, building trades, and other sectors.
    Mar. 30, 2020
    While most of the ENERGY STAR program's business can continue as usual, there are some exceptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In these cases, ENERGY STAR will strive to provide maximum flexibility while still maintaining the integrity of program and the health of all our team members and stakeholders. There will be impacts on applications for ENERGY STAR certification and ENERGY STAR scores and certification eligibility.
    Mar. 30, 2020
    The Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework (DERCF) provides U.S. federal agency sites with a tool to assess the cybersecurity posture (or health) of their distributed energy resource systems. The DERCF fills an important gap that expands upon existing cybersecurity frameworks for our nation's evolving energy networks.
    Mar. 30, 2020
    Complex models, robust data sets, custom capabilities--now users can dig into the code behind the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) REopt Lite™ web tool. REopt Lite Open Source is the latest way for federal researchers and software developers to use REopt Lite for research, analysis, and project development. The REopt Lite web tool helps users evaluate the economic viability of grid-connected photovoltaics, wind, and battery storage at a site; identify system sizes and battery dispatch strategies to minimize energy costs; and estimate how long a system can sustain critical loads during a grid outage.
    Feb. 27, 2020
    The eighth annual Building Technologies Office (BTO) Peer Review encompasses many of BTO's active research, development, validation, and systems integration projects. Independent experts will assess the progress and contributions of projects and portfolio activities toward BTO's mission and goals. These assessments will be used to enhance the management of existing efforts, gauge the effectiveness of projects, and design future programs. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to promote collaborations and partnerships. Out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. Department of Energy is postponing the Building Technologies Office's 2020 Peer Review (May 4-7, 2020) in Arlington, Virginia. If you have any questions, please email Jeremiah Freeman at btopeerreview@ee.doe.gov.
    Feb. 21, 2020
    The Federal Utility Partnership Working Group, initiated in 1994, was established to foster partnerships and facilitate communication among federal agencies and their regulated serving utilities to help agencies achieve their energy-related goals and mandates. The Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) meets twice per year to share success stories, information about Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) activities, and other business.
    Feb. 12, 2020
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the 2019 Year in Review outlining major accomplishments and environmental progress during the Trump administration.
    Feb. 3, 2020
    This February 2020 edition of The Corps Environment is an online quarterly news magazine published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is intended to provide information about USACE and Army environmental initiatives, policies and technologies.
    Jan. 15, 2020
    While policy and manufacturing can at times dominate the headlines, AWEA also understand the importance of siting and environmental compliance. Understanding all the aspects involved with siting and compliance is a critical component for both individual wind projects and a robust industry. AWEA's Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance conference is the place where industry leaders, experts and external stakeholders gather to learn from each other and discuss the most challenging issues of the day.
    Dec. 9, 2019
    FEMP recently presented its 39th annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards honor federal personnel and highlight their outstanding achievements related to energy and water cost savings, optimized energy and water use, and distributed energy at our nation's federal facilities.
    Nov. 11, 2019
    The presentations from the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium held on October 30-31, 2019 at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, are now available for viewing or download at https://www.fedcenter.gov/symposium2019-proceedings.
    Sep. 12, 2019
    The DOE has released annual market reports documenting data and trends in wind installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance through the end of 2018 for three sectors: utility-scale land-based, distributed wind, and offshore wind.
    Sep. 5, 2019
    This tool helps agencies create an NOO that complies with federal requirements and meets agency needs. It is a standard NOO template that is easily tailored via the tool. The tool produces an NOO in Word format that is further editable as needed. The tool also generates an editable NOO response evaluation form that incorporates the evaluation factors identified in the NOO.
    Aug. 27, 2019
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released annual market reports documenting data and trends in wind installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance through the end of 2018 for three sectors: utility-scale land-based, distributed wind, and offshore wind.
    Aug. 23, 2019
    WASHINGTON (August 21, 2019) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes federal facilities for conserving resources and saving taxpayers' money as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). The challenge is a national effort under the EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program, which encourages federal agencies to lead by example in reducing the federal government's environmental impact. Read more....
    Aug. 15, 2019
    A free web-based system for entering and tracking energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) data through the life of a project. Developed by FEMP, eProject Builder produces ESPC task order schedules and provides a secure online system for easily accessing, tracking and reporting ESPC project data through the life of the contract for your portfolio of projects. Will introduce energy service companies, their customers, and other interested parties to ePB, covering the benefits of using ePB, project workflow, a walk-through of the data template, and a live demonstration.
    Jul. 8, 2019
    WASHINGTON (June 19, 2019) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule – replacing the prior administration's overreaching Clean Power Plan (CPP) with a rule that restores the rule of law and empowers states to continue to reduce emissions while providing affordable and reliable energy for all Americans.
    May. 28, 2019
    GSA's online resource for professional development of federal buildings management personnel. This tool includes resources, links to training and a self-assessment function designed to help develop an individual's potential throughout their career.
    May. 22, 2019
    Through participation in the Better Buildings Initiative more than 900 public and private sector organizations have saved nearly 1.4 quadrillion British thermal units (Btus) of energy since the program began. This is a savings of nearly $8.5 billion and more than 80 million tons of CO2. Partners also have reduced their water use by more than 6.5 billion gallons.
    May. 21, 2019
    This year's Energy Exchange will offer a comprehensive range of technical-based training for the federal energy management community. View this years session line up in the Agenda at a Glance. Topics featured at this years event reflect the critical needs of the federal government. Sessions will cover the security and reliability of energy infrastructure, using advanced integrated technologies for portfolio adoption, and forecasting storage options to enhance resilience and more. Don't miss this unique opportunity to receive accredited training and updates on recent policy. Details about individual sessions (including speaker info and session descriptions) are coming soon.
    May. 2, 2019
    CLOSES FRIDAY MAY 3! The Federal sustainability community is cordially invited to attend the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium, October 30-31, 2019, hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Natcher Center campus in Bethesda, MD. This year's theme is Federal Agencies Leading Environmental Change, for the purpose of sharing best practices, success stories, partnerships, and challenges and achievements of the federal practitioner community. The event schedule, registration dates, call for presentation abstracts (closes Friday, May 3rd), and continuous updates to the event can be found on the conference website.
    Mar. 6, 2019
    The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework was developed by the federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board. The Bioeconomy Initiative is a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation's biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. The Framework will serve as a guiding document for the BR&D Board member agencies to increase government accountability and accelerate innovative and sustainable technologies that contribute to a secure, reliable, affordable, and enduring supply of U.S. energy and products.
    Mar. 6, 2019
    The date for the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium has moved to October 30-31, 2019 so that federal employees can attend both the August 20-22, 2019 Energy Exchange and the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium. Federal employees and sponsored contractors are invited to attend the Symposium, to be held at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH Bethesda Campus on October 30-31, 2019. The theme of the event will be Federal Facilities Leading Environmental Change, and it will bring together federal staff and their contractors to discuss environmental regulations, success and challenges. The event is FREE so mark your calendar and stay tuned to FedCenter for more information in the coming weeks! See attached flyer.
    Feb. 11, 2019
    The EPA's Enforcement and Compliance program establishes the National Compliance Initiatives (NCIs), previously called National Enforcement Initiatives (NEIs). EPA focuses its enforcement and compliance resources on the most serious environmental violations by developing and implementing national program priorities. These program priorities are communicated through the National Compliance Initiatives. Check out the 2019 NCIs for Air, Energy, Hazardous Materials, and Water as well as changes being contemplated for the FY2020–2023 cycle.
    Jan. 28, 2019
    This seminar covers the need for additional Combined Heat and Power resources, a review of the use of Combined Heat and Power in the Federal sector, a summary of various prime mover and thermally activated technologies and their applications. The course also covers case studies and best practices and the opportunities to develop alternative financing and project funding to support CHP technology deployment.
    Jan. 4, 2019
    The purpose of this course is to enable you to reduce operating cost and provide energy savings to the building you are responsible for. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a Building Re-tuning approach to detect energy savings opportunities and implement improvements.
    Jan. 3, 2019
    Throughout this course, you will learn the initial steps involved in re-tuning a building controlled via a building automation system (BAS). Interactive exercises are included to provide you "hands-on" practice of the re-tuning process within a virtual building. You will practice identifying opportunities for energy improvement and then deciding how to re-tune for more efficiency. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a Building Re-tuning approach to detect energy savings opportunities and implement improvements.
    Nov. 14, 2018
    Can your federal facility go green and save money? With the cost of solar energy declining, more federal facilities can add on-site solar for less than the cost of grid-based electricity. Learn how a team from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and EPA's Region 9 office can provide project implementation assistance. The team is called the Affordable Power Infrastructure Partnership (APIP). APIP assists federal agencies to explore the potential for on-site renewable energy projects and supports agencies through the project implementation process. This Federal Green Challenge (FGC) webinar was recorded 10 October 2018.
    Sep. 21, 2018
    The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) sponsors the annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to recognize individuals and organizations for significant contributions to energy and water efficiency within the federal government. Winners come from the Air Force, Army, Navy, VA, DOE, CDC, DHHS, DOI, and multiple other agencies.
    Aug. 31, 2018
    Federal agencies continue to demonstrate progress and performance on energy efficiency and sustainability. The Office of Federal Sustainability website has been updated with the FY17 sustainability progress data, agency OMB Scorecards, and the list of agency Chief Sustainability Officers.
    Jun. 19, 2018
    This seminar provides an overview of operations and maintenance best practices with a focus on corrective, preventive, and predictive infrastructure requirements and commissioning for existing buildings.
    May. 17, 2018
    April 2018 version 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 USACE and Army environmental actions, issues, policies and technologies.
    May. 11, 2018
    Through participation in the Better Buildings Initiative more than 900 public and private-sector organizations are driving energy efficiency in the U.S. economy. This includes 380 trillion Btus, or $3.1 billion in reported cumulative energy and cost savings. The newly released report highlights this progress in the commercial, industrial, residential and public sectors to improve energy productivity.
    Feb. 6, 2018
    The Cost Effective Upgrades Tool is designed to help identify upgrades and energy conservation measures that can enhance your building's sustainability. Get started by selecting your building size and climate zone. To help with procurement, you can generate reports outlining each upgrade, including its economic benefits. This tool is a part of GSA's SFTool.
    Jan. 31, 2018
    The OGP Federal Supplier Energy and Risk Management Tool combines federal contract data with data about federal suppliers' and contractors' corporate-level sustainability practices. Contracting, procurement, and sustainable acquisition professionals can research existing practices and performance when designing contracting mechanisms to encourage additional cost-effective energy and risk management. Federal suppliers and contractors can benchmark versus peers. Other sustainability professionals and organizational leaders can benchmark existing or planned sustainability programs. Plus, the public can learn how the federal government spends money, and how federal contractors are working to reduce costs, avoid risks, and protect the environment.
    Nov. 21, 2017
    By statute, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is required to publish scorecards on Federal agency performance on energy efficiency and sustainability. The scorecards available on this site assess agencies' fiscal year (FY) 2016 performance toward statutory and Executive Order goals, which were in place prior to the beginning of the current Administration. The information upon which the scorecards are based includes data, metrics, and scoring criteria that were developed in accordance with existing statutory and Executive Order requirements applicable in FY 2016.
    Sep. 1, 2017
    Visit the individual track pages and scroll down to the presenters for each session to download the presentations.
    Aug. 29, 2017
    DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has announced the winners of the 2017 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., to receive their awards at a ceremony to be held on November 2, 2017. Click for the winners.
    Aug. 3, 2017
    This is a collection of EPA webinars on energy efficiency for water and wastewater utilities.
    Jul. 18, 2017
    The course will instruct from the viewpoint of site personnel, and present legislative mandates, executive orders, presidential memorandums and other goals in terms of important action items and best practices for implementation. Instructors will discuss principle energy management concepts and strategies related to energy and water efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable acquisitions. Instructors will also offer the most current resources and tools for further information and education. The course provides a solid foundation for more in-depth study of critical topics such as renewable energy technology applications, energy efficiency improvements and energy conservation measures, energy efficient product procurement, and comprehensive water management.
    Jul. 12, 2017
    EPA recognizes the efforts of federal facilities that took steps to improve efficiency, save resources and reduce costs as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). Through their involvement, FGC participants reduced the federal government's environmental impact by reducing fuel oil consumption by more than 500K gallons, sending 310 tons of end-of-life electronics to third-party recyclers, saving 9.2 million gallons of industrial water, and diverting over 336K tons of waste from landfills. FGC awards are offered in two categories – data driven and narrative. Data driven awards, given in the six target areas of Waste, Electronics, Purchasing, Energy, Water and Transportation, are based on the greatest percentage of change over the previous year. Narrative awards are self-nominating and are given in the categories of Innovation, Education and Outreach, and Leadership.
    Jun. 21, 2017
    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 1 hour FEMP course will introduce learners to renewable energy system integration (ESI) from the building to the utility level. This course addresses how increasing amounts of intermittent renewable energy generation can be controlled to realize energy cost savings and improve system reliability.
    May. 22, 2017
    This tool is designed to help identify upgrades and energy conservation measures that can enhance your building's sustainability. Get started by selecting your building size and climate zone. The resulting information provides estimated payback time, capital cost, energy savings, and cost savings for a variety of potential upgrades and conservation measures.
    Apr. 6, 2017
    Join the experts on Portfolio Manager every Wednesday at noon ET for 30 minutes to ask questions. There is no specific topic or demonstration. This is a Q&A session.
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