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The focus of the Energy program area is energy conservation, alternative sources of energy, and energy management programs.

Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, was signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015. Section 16 of this EO revokes the following:

  • Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007;
  • Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009;
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 2, 2011 (Implementation of Energy Savings Projects and Performance-Based Contracting for Energy Savings);
  • Section 1 of Presidential Memorandum of February 21, 2012 (Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 5, 2013 (Federal Leadership on Energy Management); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of May 24, 2011 (Federal Fleet Performance).

The goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Federal Agencies shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified, promote building energy conservation, efficiency, and management by reducing agency building energy intensity measured in British thermal units per gross square foot by 2.5 percent annually through the end of fiscal year 2025, relative to the baseline of the agency's building energy use in fiscal year 2015 and taking into account agency progress to date.

Federal Agencies shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified, improving data center energy efficiency at agency facilities by:

  • ensuring the agency chief information officer promotes data center energy optimization, efficiency, and performance;
  • installing and monitoring advanced energy meters in all data centers by fiscal year 2018; and
  • establishing a power usage effectiveness target of 1.2 to 1.4 for new data centers and less than 1.5 for existing data centers.

Federal Agencies shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified, ensure that at a minimum, the following percentage of the total amount of building electric energy and thermal energy shall be clean energy, accounted for by renewable electric energy and alternative energy:

  • not less than 10 percent in fiscal years 2016 and 2017;
  • not less than 13 percent in fiscal years 2018 and 2019;
  • not less than 16 percent in fiscal years 2020 and 2021;
  • not less than 20 percent in fiscal years 2022 and 2023; and
  • not less than 25 percent by fiscal year 2025 and each year thereafter.

NOTE: This is not a comprehensive representation of all of the requirements detailed in EO 13693.

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Regulations, Guidance and Policy
 
Federal Legislation & Policy
This Army memo establishes policy and guidance to use only efficient light bulbs that meet standards outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007.
Policy memorandum issued October 23, 2007 underscoring DoD's desire to be the leader in energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of renewable energy and emerging technology.
Signed by President Obama on 30 April 2015, this act mandates the GSA Administrator develop model commercial leasing provisions and best practices to promote energy efficiency and water efficiency in Federal and other buildings. This act also amends the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975.
Overview for the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and a section by section review of EISA and how it applies to FEMP.
Full text of the Energy Independence and Security Act, signed December 19, 2007 by President Bush, for the purposes of moving the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government.
This act was signed into law on August 8, 2005. the Act contains a multitude of provisions covering energy production, distribution, storage, efficiency, conservation, and research. The Act requires efficiency standards for certain large appliances and extends Daylight Saving Time to reduce consumption. It provides funding to improve efficiency in low-income housing and expands the Energy Star program. It also requires the federal government to increase the efficiency of its buildings and vehicles and provides tax credits for certain energy efficient purchases or improvements. Other topic of note are: renewable energy, expanding of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, fuel production access in federal lands, the banning of drilling in the Great Lakes, electricity reliability, hydrogen vehicles, vehicle efficiency and alternative fuels, ethanol and motor fuels.
The purposes of this Act primarily relate to increasing fossil fuel supply and development of energy conservation programs.
Dated February 2016, this document updates and replaces the December 2008 Guiding Principles to: 1) Reflect the evolution of sustainable building design, construction, and operating practices since 2008, 2) Incorporate other building-related E.O. 13693 requirements, 3) Increase the economic and environmental benefits of Federal investments in facilities, 4) Enhance occupant health, wellness, and productivity, 5) Include climate resilience in building design, construction, and operations, and protect Federal facilities investments from the potential impacts of climate change, and 6) Provide information on tracking agency green building performance.
This memorandum was issued to all executive departments and federal agencies and establishes new goals for renewable energy as well as new energy-management practices.
This memorandum, dated 1 August 2016, defines a framework for achieving the data center consolidation and optimization requirements of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), the criteria for successful agency data center strategies, and the metrics OMB Office of the Chief Information Officer (OFCIO) will use to evaluate the success of those strategies.
States lead by example (LBE) by establishing programs that achieve substantial energy cost savings within their own buildings and operations, and demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of clean energy to the larger market. This EPA guide identifies best practices and state examples of clean energy activities; highlights the benefits and costs of taking action; and identifies issues, strategies, and resources for implementing key steps in the development of a comprehensive LBE program. The appendices provide additional examples and information resources. The guide was created as part of EPA's State Climate and Clean Energy Program, which assists states in developing and implementing clean energy policies and climate change solutions.
This DA memo establishes policy and guidance to use only efficient light bulbs that meet standards outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007.
Federal agencies are required to purchase either energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR qualified, or EPEAT-registered products(computers, monitors, and laptops). The activation of power management settings on computers is also required. This page is designed to assist you in fulfilling these requirements.
This memorandum, jointly issued by OMB and CEQ, encourages all agencies to promote the use of Energy Savings and Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Services Contracts (UESCs).
Developed by the collaboration of more than 60 energy, environmental and other organizations the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency Vision for 2025, provides a framework for states, utilities and other stakeholders to consider when seeking policies and programs to achieve all cost effective energy efficiency measures. A key component of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency is stakeholders committing to take action to advance the Recommendations in their spheres of influence. The website gets you to the Plan and to stakeholder Public Statements & Commitments in Support of the Action Plan.
The website is intended to provide an overview of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, an objective and policy-neutral understanding of associated public policies, and a snapshot of the alternative energy resource base in each state.
Executive Orders
Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use
18 May 2001
This EO establishes the mandate for federal agencies to prepare a Statement of Energy Effects when undertaking certain agency actions.
Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade
19 March 2015
The goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015. Section 16 of this EO revokes the following:
  • Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007;
  • Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009;
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 2, 2011 (Implementation of Energy Savings Projects and Performance-Based Contracting for Energy Savings);
  • Section 1 of Presidential Memorandum of February 21, 2012 (Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 5, 2013 (Federal Leadership on Energy Management); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of May 24, 2011 (Federal Fleet Performance).
Need help understanding Executive Order (EO) 13693? Want to know more about how to take action and turn your building into a high-performance building? The Sustainable Facilities Tool can walk you through EO 13693. Click through the annotated text for definitions, strategies, and links.
This GSA-developed chart summarizes the major provisions of Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability for the Next Decade, and how they differ from prior authorities.
These instructions, dated 10 June 2015, provide Federal Executive departments and agencies with clarifying instructions for implementing EO 13693.
Guidance Documents
To assist agencies with the transition between the 2008 Guiding Principles and the updated 2016 Guiding Principles, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) developed a crosswalk guidance document to explain and highlight the differences between the 2016 and 2008 versions of the Guiding Principles for existing buildings. The crosswalk is based on the evaluation criteria included in the Guiding Principles compliance document and provide an overall comparison of the major scoring and applicability changes between the two versions. It walks through each of the 2016 Guiding Principles and highlight major changes or significant new requirements.
To assist agencies with the transition between the 2008 Guiding Principles and the updated 2016 Guiding Principles, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) developed a crosswalk guidance document to explain and highlight the differences between the 2016 and 2008 versions of the Guiding Principles for new construction and modernization. The crosswalk is based on the evaluation criteria included in the Guiding Principles compliance document and provide an overall comparison of the major scoring and applicability changes between the two versions. It walks through each of the 2016 Guiding Principles and highlight major changes or significant new requirements.
This September 2015 DOE publication states that a Zero Energy Building is "an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy." This definition also applies to campuses, portfolios, and communities. In addition to providing clarity across the industry, this new DOE publication provides important guidelines for measurement and implementation, specifically explaining how to utilize this definition for building projects.
States lead by example (LBE) by establishing programs that achieve substantial energy cost savings within their own buildings and operations, and demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of clean energy to the larger market. This EPA guide identifies best practices and state examples of clean energy activities; highlights the benefits and costs of taking action; and identifies issues, strategies, and resources for implementing key steps in the development of a comprehensive LBE program. The appendices provide additional examples and information resources. The guide was created as part of EPA's State Climate and Clean Energy Program, which assists states in developing and implementing clean energy policies and climate change solutions.
Revised in October 2016, this FEMP document is an in-depth, step-by-step guide for incorporating efficiency requirements into solicitations. It covers a wide range of service and product solicitation types including information technology (IT) and electronics, appliances, lighting replacements, building renovation, design/build, operations and maintenance, food services, and laundry services. Each project type includes information on relevant covered product categories, a checklist for writing effective solicitations, and model contract language.
Description: This document is a companion to the revised "2016 Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings" and metrics for agencies to use to evaluate compliance with the Guiding Principles.
Federal agencies are required to purchase either energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR qualified, or EPEAT-registered products(computers, monitors, and laptops). The activation of power management settings on computers is also required. This page is designed to assist you in fulfilling these requirements.
This updated document reflects the requirements of the 5 December 2013 Presidential Memo on "Federal Leadership on Energy Management." The updated guidance clarifies the criteria for "metered buildings" subject to the requirements of Section 432 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) (42 U.S.C. § 8253(f)(8)) and designates the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Portfolio Manager as the sole benchmarking tool for Federal agencies to use in fulfilling the benchmarking requirements. The criteria and process for requesting non-disclosure of building performance for national security reasons are also described in the guidance.
This November 2014 guidance defines which Federal buildings are appropriate to meter, provides metering prioritization recommendations for agencies with limited resources, and discusses the requirement for agencies to submit metering implementation plans the U.S. Department of Energy.
This template is intended to assist agencies in complying with the new Federal Building Metering Guidance.
This document, dated June 2016, provides basic information for Federal staff who are new to the concept of renewable energy and renewable energy certificates (RECs), and are seeking to better understand the options for using RECs to meet Federal renewable energy targets. This guide serves as the "CEQ REC Guidance" referenced in the E.O. 13693 implementing instructions and is intended to assist agencies in understanding the use of RECs to meet the statutory and Executive Order goals for renewable energy. It does not specifically address the process for agencies to report renewable energy consumption. Agencies should refer to the most recent Department of Energy reporting guidance2 for instructions on how to report renewable energy consumption. The document is issued by the Office of Federal Sustainability, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
This GSA bulletin FMR B-33 provides guidance to Executive agencies regarding the acquisition of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) for law enforcement (LE) and emergency vehicle fleets. This bulletin is effective on 15 November 2011 and will remain in effect until specifically superseded or cancelled by the GSA.
Issued June 2016 by the Office of Federal Sustainability, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) this document provides guidance on the installation, operation, and maintenance of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations for privately owned PEVs in parking areas used by Federal employees and authorized users. This initial guidance, developed by CEQ in consultation with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, supports the implementation of EO 13693 by outlining how agencies can provide workplace charging opportunities under the FAST Act and provides an approach for a uniform fee for the use of existing and new alternating current (AC) Level 1 charging receptacles, commonly known as wall outlets, for the purposes of seeking reimbursement under the FAST Act. This guidance applies to Federal buildings not under the jurisdiction, custody, or control of the GSA.
This guidance outlines how Federal agencies can take advantage of workplace charging opportunities under the FAST Act, and provides an approach for a uniform fee for the use of existing and new hard-wired electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) with cordsets including alternating current (AC) Level 1 EVSE, AC Level 2 EVSE, or direct current fast chargers (DCFC), for the purposes of seeking reimbursement under the FAST Act. The document also describes how Federal agency Chief Sustainability Officers should coordinate with Federal agency fleet managers to report annually on the implementation of workplace charging in the Federal Automotive Statistical Tool (FAST). The guidance is effective 19 October 2016.
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.
This FEMP-sponsored March 2015 document provides facility/energy managers and practitioners with useful information about energy and resource metering, the relevant metering technologies, communications, applications for data, and ideas for developing and implementing an effective metering plan. In addition, the guide assists in the implementation of metering requirements in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Developed by the collaboration of more than 60 energy, environmental and other organizations the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency Vision for 2025, provides a framework for states, utilities and other stakeholders to consider when seeking policies and programs to achieve all cost effective energy efficiency measures. A key component of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency is stakeholders committing to take action to advance the Recommendations in their spheres of influence. The website gets you to the Plan and to stakeholder Public Statements & Commitments in Support of the Action Plan.
The website is intended to provide an overview of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, an objective and policy-neutral understanding of associated public policies, and a snapshot of the alternative energy resource base in each state.
Supporting Information and Tools
 
Databases/Software Tools
EEPC is intended to help policymakers, state governments, utility operators, and other stakeholders estimate the multi-pollutant air quality benefits of energy efficiency policies and compare both the benefits and the costs with more traditional approaches to reducing pollution. The results provided by this tool are high-level estimates intended to provide the user with an idea of the magnitude of the costs and the impacts of these options on energy use and pollution.
This website compiles, and makes searchable, practical and ready to replicate solutions. Designed to be quick reads and to help you not recreate the wheel, these solutions include checklists, questionnaires, calculators, and other tools for use in your energy savings projects and programs.
The Center, launched by DOE, is an online tool designed to provide building professionals with fast, free and reliable building science and efficiency knowledge. The tool is designed to enable professional homebuilders, remodelers, architects, designers, building science educators, researchers and code officials to have access to proven innovations and best practices from Energy Department-approved building science research for hundreds of high-performance home technologies. The Building America Solution Center brings together recommendations from the country's top building science experts to help participating builders and remodelers continuously improve their construction practices. At the heart of the Building America Solution Center are the guides -- a compilation of content covering eight critical topics for applying each individual measure. Users can also use a browser to view galleries of content - such as images, CAD files or case studies - or filter the results by keyword.
This collection of building energy software tools is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). DOE developed this directory because many Office of Building Technology, State and Community Program (BTS) programs develop software tools to help researchers, designers, architects, engineers, builders, code officials, and others involved in the building life-cycle to evaluate and rank potential energy-efficiency technologies and renewable energy strategies in new or existing buildings.
BPD, sponsored by DOE, unlocks the power of building energy performance data. The platform enables users to perform statistical analysis on an anonymous dataset of tens of thousands of commercial and residential buildings from across the country. Users can compare performance trends among similar buildings to identify and prioritize cost-saving energy efficiency improvements and assess the range of likely savings from these improvements.
This DOE tool is an interactive framework that lets users explore the energy and carbon implications of altering the current U.S. energy profile. Using 'what-if' scenarios, users are able to adjust inputs to the electricity generation, buildings, industry and transportation sectors in order to compare outcomes to baseline reference cases.
Developed by the World Resources Institute, this is a Microsoft Excel-based program that enables corporate energy managers to compare the emissions and financial impacts for a range of energy-efficient and renewable energy projects.
This site provide actionable "how to" guidance on ways to improve building interior lighting efficiency and reduce energy consumption, without compromising quality design criteria. Strategies include the use of high performance commercially available products, daylighting, and lighting controls, all within the context of integrated designs supported by performance specifications. The interactive Web tool is designed to help commercial building owners improve lighting efficiency by at least 30% over ASHRAE 90.1-2004.
A part of the SFTool, 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.
The Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) Tools are "early stage" profiling tools designed for data center owners and operators to diagnose how energy is being used by their data centers and determine ways to save energy and money.
This site provides access to a compilation of datasets from multiple Federal agencies (i.e., DOE, EPA, GSA) concerning multiple aspects of energy. Examples of available datasets include data about: Energy Star products; Energy Star buildings; energy use analysis; hydropower generation data; DOE NEPA documentation, and EPA geospatial data.
This is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.
This tool allows users to input location and terrain information about a potential wind system site in the United States and predict the energy output and environmental benefits of that site. The tool is designed to help potential wind energy system consumers choose the most effective site for their wind energy project. The standard version of the tool was developed in partnership with the U.S Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The standard version is free.
This is a portal to information about various forms of green energy, including solar, wind, bioenergy, and others. This free search of green energy DOE technical report literature, green energy patent information, and much more is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information.
A one-stop shop for finding energy- and water-efficient technologies and products that can help agencies meet federal facility goals and requirements. Find technologies and products by category or efficiency program, or use the Advanced Search to sort by program, topic, or campaigns and resources.
This Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) system tracks agency performance of energy and water evaluations, project implementation and follow-up measures, and annual building benchmarking requirements. This data is collected as part of FEMP's responsibility for tracking Federal agency progress toward meeting Section 432 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 for Federal facility energy and water management and benchmarking. Public reports and data are made available.
This is a free plugin for the Google SketchUp 3D drawing program. The plugin makes it easy to create and edit the building geometry in your EnergyPlus input files. The plugin also allows you to launch EnergyPlus simulations and view the results without leaving SketchUp. The Energy Design Plugin was created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.
This database maps the energy available in the nation's tidal streams.
Provide tips and information on how to save energy and protect the environment in the workplace.
This tool provides consumers with customized recommendations for improving energy efficiency and comfort at home.
This is an energy analysis and thermal load simulation program. Based on a user's description of a building from the perspective of the building's physical make-up and associated mechanical and other systems, EnergyPlus calculates heating and cooling loads necessary to maintain thermal control setpoints, conditions throughout a secondary HVAC system and coil loads, and the energy consumption of primary plant equipment.
A free web-based system for entering and tracking energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) data through the life of a project. ePB was developed, and is being maintained by, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab on behalf of DOE. The initial version, which went live in June 2014, was developed primarily for federal projects, but has since been modified to accommodate performance contracts from all sectors.
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. Most of the work required in the form of data entry is done by the ESCO, as with the current TO and proposal process. FEMP anticipates little or no additional work expected from agency contracting officers.
These calculators allow users to enter their own input values (e.g., utility rates, hours of use, etc.) to estimate the energy cost savings from buying a more efficient product. Calculators are available for, but not limited to: compact fluorescent lamps, commercial unitary air conditioners, air cooled chillers, water-cooled chillers, commercial heat pumps, boilers, refrigerators, freezers, beverage vending machines, computers, monitors, faxes, printers, copiers, faucet/showerheads, toilet/urinals, central air conditioners, gas furnaces, electric/gas water heaters, clothes washers, and dish washers.
FRED is an open platform to help state and local governments, energy planners and policy-makers, private industry, and others to effectively visualize, analyze and compare energy-use data to make better energy decisions and sustainable strategies. FRED gathers complex, disparate energy datasets and distills them down into simple, easy-to-understand graphics, useful to a wide audience, from expert energy planners to non-energy professionals and the interested public. FRED strives to become an open exchange where users can compare and share their own data against others in FRED, becoming a resource for energy policy decision-making.
The database allows users to access details for more than 170 GTP-funded projects. Users can interactively search for projects by state, awardee, technology, partner, and more. Summaries provide details such as participants, funding level, background, objectives, and possible impacts on projects dealing with Enhanced Geothermal Systems, geothermal energy production, ground source heat pumps, innovative exploration technologies, and the National Geothermal Data System. Projects in the database are revised regularly when updates from project teams become available.
Click on your state to find information about green power options available to you.
This is GSA's innovative green building learning simulation which is a part of GSA's SFTool. Green the Building places you in the role of a resource-constrained decision-maker, charged with greening buildings through strategic energy, waste, water and occupant satisfaction improvements. You must choose technologies, implement best-practices, support behavior changes and plan carefully to create buildings that conserve resources, reduce waste, save money and keep occupants happy and healthy. Need help? Don't worry! Embedded links connect you directly to the clear explanations you've come to expect from SFTool.
A do-it-yourself energy audit tool.
This tool allows users to enter characteristics about their community, learn about and customize policy options, draw on a database of energy and economic data, and compare the estimated impacts of different policy choices across time. Outputs include energy savings, cost savings, pollution reduction, net jobs, and others. Currently the tool includes policies focused on two economic sectors: existing public buildings and existing residential buildings. LEEP-C was developed by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Developed by the U.S. DOE's Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program, this database that provides up-to-date information on marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy in the United States and around the world. The fully searchable database allows the user to search among both technology types and specific projects, based on a number of criteria including geographical location, resource type, and technology stage or project status. Users can easily access details on a device or project's size, dimensions, and mooring methods, as well as project details, including information on permitting, power purchase agreements, partnerships, or even an interactive GPS mapping feature that allows the user to pinpoint certain project locations worldwide.
This is an online open-source platform that facilitates the discovery and use of geothermal data, enabling researchers to speed geothermal energy development. This online tool will allow academia and industry to access quantifiable, technical data in digital format. The goal of the NGDS is to accelerate research and development in order to drive down the cost and improve the accuracy of subsurface exploration, while also encouraging investment in geothermal energy production. The public data platform encompasses thousands of databases, geologic maps, and reports, drawing from millions of digitized records that were previously unavailable. This can aid discovery of new data on geologic features, faults, seismicity, heat flow, geochemistry, drilling, and temperatures at various depths and in specific geographic areas.
The roster search and referral system is accessible to anyone contemplating the use of consensus building and dispute resolution services where environmental, natural resources, or public lands issues are involved.
A free, online database of solar permitting requirements for cities and counties across the country.
This is a linked open data platform bringing together energy information to provide improved analyses, unique visualizations, and real-time access to data. The site was developed and populated by DoE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other National Laboratories. The site currently houses more than 60 clean energy resources and data sets, including maps of worldwide solar and wind potential, information on climate zones, and best practices. NREL will continue to develop, monitor, and maintain the site.
This is a collaborative effort between government, industry, and the public that will develop a comprehensive database of photovoltaic (PV) installation data for the United States. The project is the largest installation database with over 50,000 entries. The project will provide a Web-based resource for users to easily understand the current status and past progress of the PV industry from the data that show current and recent trends of the PV market. Additionally, users may add their own PV installation data, browse PV data entered by others, and view statistics. Moving forward, NREL will add additional data and use this information to drive further analysis of market growth.
Developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), OpenStudio is the foundation for a number of end-user tools that help architects, building engineers and building energy modelers produce building simulations with more consistent results. It is a cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) collection of software tools to support whole building energy modeling using EnergyPlus and advanced daylight analysis using Radiance. OpenStudio is a free, open source project to facilitate community development, extension, and private sector adoption. OpenStudio includes graphical interfaces along with a Software Development Kit (SDK).
This is an online tool developed by EPA to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment. Section 3, paragraph a.1.C of EO 13693 requires monthly performance data be entered into Portfolio Manager for covered buildings.
Developed by DoE, and released on 2/6/08, the Pumping System Assessment Tool helps industrial users assess the efficiency of pumping system operations.PSAT uses achievable pump performance data from Hydraulic Institute standards and motor performance data from the MotorMaster+ database to calculate potential energy and associated cost savings. Available for free.
REED, a project of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, allows users to generate reports and download underlying data showing the impacts of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. REED will help inform a broad range of policy issues, including energy, economic, and air quality planning, and help demonstrate the long-term, money-saving benefits of energy efficiency investments. The database currently includes 2011 electric and gas energy efficiency program data and will expand this fall to include 2012 data from Delaware and the District of Columbia, as well as the states currently in the database.
This web tool helps building owners evaluate the economics of grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage at commercial sites. It identifies the optimal PV system size and battery dispatch strategy to minimize the life cycle cost of energy at a specific site. The web tool also estimates the amount of time a PV and battery system can sustain the site's critical load during a grid outage. The REopt Lite web tool was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Energys (DOEs) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, and the nonprofit Clean Energy Groups Resilient Power Project, with support from The Kresge Foundation.
This tool guides interested parties through a process to screen sites for their suitability for solar photovoltaics or wind installations. The tool addresses the following types of sites: potentially contaminated sites (Superfund, Brownfield, RCRA, mine site); landfill (municipal solid waste, construction and demolition or similar unit); underutilized (abandoned parcels, parking lots; and rooftop (Solar PV only; Commercial / Industrial roofs).
Sponsored by the American Council For an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the database includes comprehensive information on energy efficiency policies currently implemented at the state and local level. The database tracks policy activity across multiple sectors, including state and local governments, utilities, transportation, buildings, combined heat and power, and appliance standards. Users can click on a state or city on the database map to learn more about the specific policies that encourage energy efficiency. Users can also look at a particular policy type and compare the approaches of all states or cities to that topic.
Use the Submetering Wizard to learn about submetering techniques and benefits by system. You can also mark which benefits you've already attained and print or export your customized list of benefits. Start by selecting the type of system you want to meter.
This website allows users to enter a zip code and identify utilities which will send their data automatically into the user's Portfolio Manager account via software tools called web services. The interactive map shows the service territories of the utilities providing customers with energy benchmarking data.
From DOE, this is an interactive Web platform that enables electric utilities across the country to show both residential and commercial customers, in a simple way, the data they can access on their electricity use. The tool highlights local access to electricity data and allows consumers to compare their electricity data access to others in their state and across the country. The data access maps display different features of consumer electricity data including the time period and timeliness of data--informing consumers, for example, whether their utility supplies same-day electricity use information--and the extent to which the data can be shared.
This is a browseable collection of web applications that provide online users up-to-date industry information and unique visualizations of energy-related data. This is a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) site.
This is a public/private consortium with broad industry representation, working with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop and deliver technology, policies, and practices to achieve a market transition to Zero Net Energy Commercial Buildings by 2030.
Directories/Catalogs/Newsletters
Newsletter issued by OEI highlighting Army energy activities. OEI was formerly The Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF).
This is the quarterly newsletter for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Program. Each issue provides information to improve energy efficiency of new and existing commercial and residential buildings.
The U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program (SEP) publishes Conservation Update bimonthly to summarize renewable energy and energy projects of state energy offices.
A free email bulletin that announces new and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. Issued as developments occur.
A free weekly newsletter that summarizes the latest news from EERE as well as the latest national news about renewable energy and energy efficiency.
FEMP's quarterly newsletter that promotes energy awareness, recognizes successes, and communicates information about saving energy and dollars to the Federal community.
A Free weekly newsservice from Western’s Renewable Resource program covering green power, renewable energy, and market research strategies provided for educational purposes.
Libraries/Repositories
The Center, launched by DOE, is an online tool designed to provide building professionals with fast, free and reliable building science and efficiency knowledge. The tool is designed to enable professional homebuilders, remodelers, architects, designers, building science educators, researchers and code officials to have access to proven innovations and best practices from Energy Department-approved building science research for hundreds of high-performance home technologies. The Building America Solution Center brings together recommendations from the country's top building science experts to help participating builders and remodelers continuously improve their construction practices. At the heart of the Building America Solution Center are the guides -- a compilation of content covering eight critical topics for applying each individual measure. Users can also use a browser to view galleries of content - such as images, CAD files or case studies - or filter the results by keyword.
The Department of Energy-led center of expertise demonstrates national leadership in decreasing the energy use of data centers. The COE partners with key influential public and private stakeholders. It also supplies know-how, tools, best practices, analyses, and the introduction of technologies to assist Federal agencies with implementing policies and developing data center energy efficiency projects.
The FEMP site offers complete annual data sets of agency aggregated annual energy and water consumption and costs by end-use sector, efficiency investment information, and progress toward key goals outlined in the National Energy Conservation Policy Act, as amended; Energy Policy Act of 2005; and Executive Order 13514. Historical data tables of agency energy use and costs by facility and mobility sectors by energy type are also available for FY 1975 through FY 2013. Detailed annual comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories by federal agency are presented along with progress toward achieving scope 1 and 2 GHG and scope 3 GHG reduction targets. The data tables may also be filtered by numerous variables (agency, year, sector) and are exportable to Excel.
This is an online resource to help the commercial building sector implement "green leases"-rental agreements that encourage energy efficiency. The library include sample lease language, guidance, and best practices case studies.
The site provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1994 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. Legacy documents are added as they become available in electronic format. The Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE's mission.
This is a collection of DOE protocols for determining energy savings from energy efficiency measures and programs. The first protocols were published in April 2013.
Organizations/Programs
Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders. The Alliance to Save Energy supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions and advocates energy-efficiency policies that minimize costs to society and individual consumers, and that lessen greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the global climate. To carry out its mission, the Alliance to Save Energy undertakes research, educational programs, and policy advocacy, designs and implements energy-efficiency projects, promotes technology development and deployment, and builds public-private partnerships, in the U.S. and other countries.
ACEEE a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.
ALA is a trade association representing the lighting industry. Members include lighting, dimming controls and ceiling fan manufacturers, retail showrooms, sales representatives and professional residential lighting designers. The ALA Web site is a primary customer and professional resource for home lighting information and ideas for various types of lighting. ALA is a co-sponsor of the Lighting for Tomorrow competition.
The mission of the American Wind Energy Association is to promote wind power growth through advocacy, communication, and education.
The center provides technological and economic solutions to environmental problems resulting from energy production, industrial, manufacturing, and commercial activities, and land use practices. The Center is affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Through the supply of technical support, tools, best practices, analyses, and the introduction of technologies, the Center of Expertise assists federal agencies and other organizations implement data center energy efficiency projects.
This is a consortium of efficiency program administrators from across the U.S. and Canada who work together on common approaches to advancing efficiency. Through joining forces, the individual efficiency programs of CEE are able to partner not only with each other, but with other industries, trade associations, and government agencies. CEE is a co-sponsor of the Lighting for Tomorrow competition.
The CEII center will provide technical assistance, a single point of access for information, connections to other relevant government programs across the Administration, and consolidate public information on early-stage projects and companies that are currently engaged in partnerships with DOE. Moving forward, DOE will work to mobilize a broad range of philanthropists and impact investors to scale up investments throughout the energy innovation pipeline, from laboratory R&D to startup funding to growth-stage financing.
The EERE Information Center answers questions on EERE's products, services, and 10 technology programs, refers callers to the most appropriate EERE resources, and refers qualified callers to the appropriate expert networks.
To assist federal agencies in meeting energy reduction goals, FEMP designed the ENABLE program to encompass a standardized and streamlined process for small federal projects to install targeted energy conservation measures (ECMs) in six months or less. The program provides facilities an opportunity to implement specific ECMs, including lighting; water; simple heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) controls; HVAC system replacement; and solar photovoltaics. FEMP uses a set of pre-established procurement and technical tools to administer projects through the GSA Federal Supply Schedule 84, SIN 246-53. Note that this schedule comprises numerous highly qualified small business energy service firms federal agencies can utilize to meet small business goals.
An ESPC is a contracting vehicle that allows agencies to accomplish energy projects for their facilities without up-front capital costs and without special Congressional appropriations to pay for the improvements. Congress and the President encourage agencies to use ESPCs to finance and implement efficiency improvements and meet their energy goals.
Investing in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change policies and programs is an important way for state and local governments to achieve multiple goals: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and people's health, and saving money. EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program offers expertise about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change policies and programs to interested state, local, and tribal governments.
The Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) works to reduce the cost and environmental impact of the Federal government by advancing energy efficiency and water conservation, promoting the use of distributed and renewable energy, and improving utility management decisions at Federal sites.
The Standby Power Data Center provides procurement information for federal buyers and serves as a vanguard reference site for energy efficiency and standby power data. The site provides information about standby power, federal purchasing requirements and measuring standby power. Users can also search product lists or submit new products.
The Portal will allow federal agencies to submit and track requests for assistance meeting their renewable energy and energy efficiency related goals. During the first phase, portal assistance is geared toward renewable energy projects. Other project types will be included in later phases.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) supports Federal agencies in identifying energy- and water-efficient products that meet Federal acquisition requirements, conserve energy, save taxpayer dollars, and reduce environmental impacts. This is achieved through technical assistance, guidance, and efficiency requirements for energy-efficient, water-efficient, and low standby power products.
The Green Grid is a consortium of information technology companies and professionals seeking to lower the overall consumption of power in data centers around the globe. The organization is chartered to develop meaningful, platform-neutral standards, measurement methods, processes and new technologies to improve energy efficient performance of global data centers.
This is a voluntary EPA program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.
GSA's CPES BPA helps agencies achieve their energy, greenhouse gas, and water conservation goals using a streamlined acquisition process.
Here you'll find information about the Interagency Sustainability Working Group, including tools and resources that help agencies meet the requirements in Executive Order (EO) 13423 and other legislative requirements; publications and resources for the group; and minutes and presentations from the working group meetings.
The U.S. EPA and the U.S. DOE have initiated a joint national data center energy efficiency information program. The program coordinates a wide variety of activities from the DOE Industrial Technologies Program Save Energy Now initiative, the DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), and the EPA ENERGY STAR program. One activity is the development of an ENERGY STAR rating for data center infrastructure by initiating a nationwide data collection effort. Toward this end, ENERGY STAR is calling on data center owners and operators to collect data for twelve months on energy use and operating characteristics in existing data center facilities.
A national initiative to drive a 25 % reduction in industrial intensity in 10 years. The program provides an expert-led assessment to identify ways of decreasing energy use. This is a part of DOE's Industrial Technologies Program (ITP). Assessments are offered to facilities of all sizes.
Access to information on state energy programs.
IPGT provides a forum for government and industry leaders to coordinate their efforts, and collaborate on projects. Partners share information on results and best practices to avoid blind alleys, limit unnecessary duplication, and efficiently accelerate the development of geothermal technologies.
A tool for partnerships between Federal agencies and their franchised or serving utilities. With a UESC, the utility typically arranges financing to cover the capital costs of the project. Then the utility is repaid over the contract term from the cost savings generated by the energy efficiency measures. With this arrangement, agencies can implement energy improvements with no initial capital investment; the net cost to the Federal agency is minimal, and the agency saves time and resources by using the one-stop shopping provided by the utility.
This organization's website provide a social networking function as well as the latest news on the wind industry.
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CHP systems can qualify for the ENERGY STAR(r) CHP Award, if they demonstrate considerable fuel and emissions savings over comparable, state-of-the-art separate heat and power generation. Information on current and past winners is provided as well as an overview of the application process.
Each year the U.S. Department of Energy, in conjunction with the Federal Interagency Energy Policy Committee ("656" Committee), sponsors the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These awards honor individuals and organizations making significant contributions to the efficient use of energy and water resources in the federal government.
FGC awards are given in two categories - data driven and narrative. Data driven awards are in the wares of Waste, Electronics, and Purchasing, Water, and Transportation. Narrative Awards are given in the categories of Innovation, Education and Outreach, and Leadership.
Co-sponsored by EPA and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), these annual awards serve to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, suppliers, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources.
Awards are presented in categories related to energy efficiency, energy management, and water conservation.
Since 1979, DOE has recognized extraordinary staff with awards presented through its In-House Energy Management Program, which is now part of FEMP under the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The program recognizes staff for their outstanding contributions toward energy and dollar savings at DOE facilities and field organizations.
Alternative Energy
A basic description of biomass energy such as biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts and how it can be used.
This is a portal to information about various forms of green energy, including solar, wind, bioenergy, and others. This free search of green energy DOE technical report literature, green energy patent information, and much more is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information.
The largest study of its kind conducted in the United States to date, the study evaluates the future operational and integration impacts of up to 30% wind energy penetration into the power system in the study year 2024. The study encompasses the majority of the utilities in the Eastern Interconnection. The study also includes a high-level analysis of transmission needed to deliver the wind energy to load centers and a cursory analysis of carbon pricing impacts. The study was released by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory January 20, 2010.
A basic description of what geothermal energy is and how it can be used.
A basic description of using hydrogen as a power source and its use in fuel cells.
A basic description about using flowing water as a source of energy.
This May 2009 report examines Concentrating Solar Thermal power (CST), a renewable energy resource that presents policy-makers and investors with a significant potential for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector.
A part of EPA's Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series, this 2014 document identifies how local governments can work with utilities, local businesses, nonprofit groups, residents, state agencies, and green power marketers and brokers to plan and implement on-site renewable energy generation projects at local government facilities and throughout their communities.
A basic description of passive and active use of solar energy and what solar energy can power.
A Solar Power Purchase Agreement (SPPA) is a financial arrangement in which a third-party developer owns, operates, and maintains the photovoltaic (PV) system, and a host customer agrees to site the system on its roof or elsewhere on its property and purchases the system's electric output from the solar services provider for a predetermined period. This financial arrangement allows the host customer to receive stable, and sometimes lower cost electricity, while the solar services provider or another party acquires valuable financial benefits such as tax credits and income generated from the sale of electricity to the host customer.
This report, issued December 2011, provides first-hand perspectives on the effects of variable energy sources, including wind power plants on grid operations. It also supplies grid operators with practical tools and information to help them tackle the challenge of integrating more renewable energy resources into the nation's power grid.
These decision trees were developed by EPA and the Department of Energy s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), to screen potentially contaminated and underutilized sites for solar and wind potential. While the decision tree focuses on potentially contaminated sites, this tool also provides information on rooftop and other applications in order to support complimentary evaluations. These decision trees can be used to screen individual sites for their solar or wind potential or for a community-scale evaluation of multiple sites.
Interior Secretary Gale Norton has signed a record of decision (ROD) that establishes guidelines for wind energy development and expedites approval of proposed projects in Western states. The programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) for wind energy development establishes mitigation measures, best management practices, and other guidelines for wind energy development on Bureau of Land Management lands. The document, completed as a requirement of NEPA, will serve as the basis for environmental reviews of individual projects. By "tiering" off the programmatic EIS, individual projects would require less lengthy environmental assessments, and as a result, proposed wind projects could be approved in less than 1 yr, as opposed to 2 yr or longer.
Developed by the Bureau of Land Management. This is a guide to wind energy, wind energy development, technology and issues, photos, maps, and links.
From the Department of Energy, these maps help locate and quantify wind resources. The maps are available in utility-scale or community-scale.
Case Studies
A collection of projects and practices which Federal agencies have implemented to achieve green building goals. Information is categorized by the headings "Policies and Strategies," Tools and Training," and "Best Practices and Case Studies." Subjects covered within these categories include, but are not limited to: water conservation, energy efficiency, metering, NetZero, lighting, green leasing, sustainable acquisition, and design.
This December 2012 FEMP case study concerns a 2011 recipient of Federal Energy and Water Management Award. The focus of the study is the aviation-related fuel efficiency practices implemented by the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command (AMC). The intent of this case study is to showcase how other agencies can augment their efforts through adopting similar efficiency standards.
The initial 4 case studies were issued May 2011 and each case study focuses on one vital element in the execution of an energy efficiency upgrade program-Getting Started, Program Design, Workforce, and Driving Demand. The case studies are designed and written to highlight the most successful and replicable components of the BetterBuildings partners' programs.
This report examines the current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the U.S. energy sector at the regional level. It provides illustrative examples of climate resilience actions that have been taken, and identifies potential opportunities and challenges to develop and deploy climate-resilient energy technologies. This report also supports the Obama Administration's efforts to support communities in their climate change preparedness and resilience planning -- and to advance the Energy Department's goal of promoting energy security.
Plug and process loads (PPLs) consume about one-third of the primary energy in U.S. commercial buildings. PPLs cover a wide variety of electronic, computer, refrigeration, and cooking devices, including essential equipment for information processing, medical treatment, and food service businesses. The December 2015 decision guides found in this resource were created to help building owners find the right control strategy for PPLs in their buildings. Developed by the Better Building Alliance, the guides are developed for different building types and outline the costs, potential savings, complexities, and user friendliness of various control strategies and their applications to each building type. The guides also aim to help building owners determine whether a control is appropriate for particular project applications such as staged retrofit projects, whole-building retrofits, new construction projects, and projects that involve tenants and landlords. Lastly, the guides provide links to additional resources that can further help building owners assess and reduce the energy use that is associated with PPLs, find rebates for PPL control measures, and procure the right control types for their building equipment.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 required the Comptroller General to report on the Department of Defense's renewable energy initiatives, including projects involving the installation of solar panels. This report, dated 26 April 2010, contains the briefing for the Committees on Armed Services, United States Senate and House of Representatives. It includes a list of 454 projects.
Developed by DOE, this is a compilation of case studies, guidance and real-world best-practices adopted by cities and utilities to help building owners measure and track energy use, and benchmark the energy performance of their buildings. The Toolkit describes the best practices that enabled partners to provide data access solutions that benefit building owners, utilities, and state and local governments.
Issued by EPA, this 2011 document is subtitled "A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs" and is a part of the Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series. This guide describes how local governments can lead by example and achieve multiple benefits by improving the energy efficiency of their new, existing, and renovated facilities and their day-to-day operations. It is designed to be used by facility managers, energy and environment staff, other local government agencies, and mayors and city councils.
Issued December 2009 by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), this report examines multiple energy-efficiency programs implemented prior to the passage of ARRA that can be used across U.S. cities as guidelines as they develop initiatives of their own. Programs included in the report range from building retrofits and energy audits to financial/tax incentives to low-income initiatives.
This guide, dated June 2012, includes descriptions of several air-to-air energy recovery devices and methods as well as water-to-water heat recovery systems which can be used in laboratories. This guide is part of a series on energy recovery best practices for laboratories. It was produced by Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs 21), a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
In support of the Federal Government's dedication to improving its energy efficiency, an interagency advisory committee was formed to accelerate deployment of innovative clean energy technologies in the Federal sector. The Senior Executive Committee for Technology Deployment, a subcommittee of the Interagency Technology Deployment Working Group brings together leaders of technology deployment programs from across the Federal government to reduce energy use in agency facilities. These technology briefs were produced to share knowledge gained through the various technology evaluation programs.
To help the Army and Fort Carson achieve their Net-Zero goals, GSA partnered with them to conduct the Fort Carson Energy Research Project. The research team tested and analyzed strategies to minimize energy use, including both improving building systems and influencing occupant behavior. The researchers targeted strategies with the highest return on investment over the lifecycle of the buildings studied. This report was issued in 2014.
Dated February 2014, this report for the U.S. Department of Energy summarizes the lessons learned from 16 government, educational and nonprofit groups that received grants to advance the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Participants in projects across 24 states and the District of Columbia assessed the barriers to and opportunities for PEV deployment in their regions and prepared and executed readiness plans. The report is designed to be an accessible primer to the key issues in PEV deployment and a roadmap to the detailed research, toolkits, and sample language for local policies contained in the readiness plans.
This case study, released April 2017, by DOE's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Office, was prepared by Energetics, Inc. for DOE's Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office. The study focuses on many aspects of existing federal workplace charging programs.
This Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) website was developed 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.
Released by the U.S. DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) September 2010, this report details the technical analysis performed and the resulting design guidance that will enable large hospitals to achieve whole-building energy savings of at least 50% over the above standard. The large hospitals report also documents the modeling methods used to demonstrate how the design recommendations will help institutions meet or exceed the 50% energy-savings goal. This report found 50% energy savings can be achieved in large hospitals across all eight U.S. climate zones.
The report includes a detailed assessment of the nation's offshore wind resources and offshore wind industry, including future job growth potential. The report also analyzes the technology challenges, economics, permitting procedures, and the potential risks and benefits of offshore wind power deployment in U.S. waters.
Large-Scale Renewable Energy Guide: Developing Renewable Energy Projects Larger than 10 MWs at Federal Facilities (KEYWORDS: federalfacilities, renewableenergy, renewableresources, uesc, energy) This guide provides a comprehensive framework, including active project management strategies, common terms and principles that promote partnerships among the federal government, private developers and financiers. Federal project managers who use the guide to design and develop their projects will learn best practices for private-sector financing across a variety of funding options and competitive acquisition processes. The guide was developed by FEMP and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, with contribution and assistance provided by the U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force.
This February 2016 document provides a framework for measurement and verification (M&V) of energy savings, performance, and user satisfaction from lighting retrofit projects involving occupancy-sensor-based, daylighting, and/or other types of automatic lighting. It was developed to provide site owners, contractors, and other involved organizations with the essential elements of a robust M&V plan for retrofit projects and to assist in developing specific project M&V plans.
This 2015 Fact Sheet is the result of research conducted by GSA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at the Fort Carson Army Base near Colorado Springs, CO, evaluated opportunities for Fort Carson buildings to provide superior lighting with minimal energy use.
Released by the U.S. DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) September 2010, this report evaluates the potential for new large office buildings to achieve a 50% net onsite energy savings compared to a baseline standard (as defined by ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004). The report found 50% energy savings can be achieved in both low-rise and high-rise office buildings in a broad range of U.S. climates. The analysis was conducted in 16 cities that represented different climate zones, such as hot and humid, hot and dry, marine, cold and humid, and cold and dry.
This December 2012 FEMP case study concerns a 2011 recipient of Federal Energy and Water Management Award. The focus of the study is U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort and their efforts to establish an energy and water-saving culture. The intent of this case study is to showcase how other agencies can augment their efforts through adopting similar efficiency standards.
The case studies on this FEMP website showcase utility energy service contract (UESC) projects conducted by both DoD and non-DoD Federal agencies.
This website enables users to search for case studies concerning technology deployment at Federal Facilities in the arenas of water conservation and energy conservation (i.e., lighting, heating and cooling, appliance and plug loads, renewable energy, metering and grid improvement, and windows and building envelopes. This interactive map features real-world examples of efficient technologies that have been successfully deployed in federal facilities across the country. The map shows U.S. climate zones and allows users to sort case studies by technology type or by federal agency.
Data Centers
This EnergyStar resource provides a general overview of the most commonly used energy efficiency strategies in data centers.
This March 2011 FEMP document provides an overview of best practices for energy-efficient data center design which spans the categories of Information Technology (IT) systems and their environmental conditions, data center air management,cooling and electrical systems, on-site generation, and heat recovery.
The Department of Energy-led center of expertise demonstrates national leadership in decreasing the energy use of data centers. The COE partners with key influential public and private stakeholders. It also supplies know-how, tools, best practices, analyses, and the introduction of technologies to assist Federal agencies with implementing policies and developing data center energy efficiency projects.
This Guide is developed by FEMP in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The Guide is an introduction to a temporary wireless mesh assessment kit, a data center monitoring system which can be used to reduce equipment costs and shorten the time frame of a traditional data center energy use assessment. The assessment kit helps to create an accurate evaluation of data center operation, air management, and Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) at lower cost and with greater efficiency. The guide also details the advantages of the wireless assessment kit versus traditional data center monitoring, the process for installing and operating the assessment kit, and basic information and background on data center monitoring and evaluation. The guide is intended for personnel responsible for managing data center energy use, including IT and facilities managers.
This is a comprehensive list of recommended efficiency actions for data centers. The Master list also feeds into the Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) tool to provide tailored recommendations for improvement.
This Guide is intended to help Data Center owners and operators gather the necessary data to participate in the Better Buildings Challenge (BBC). The BBC process includes supplying data that is at least partially metered, and this Guide describes the requirements and how to implement a metering system that will provide the necessary data. Focus is on calculating the power usage effectiveness (PUE) metric.
This Case Study estimates the impact of energy efficiency measures under four distinct deployment scenarios at NOAA's High Performance Computing data center. The study is unique in that it estimates the impact of both energy efficiency measures that have already been applied and new opportunities for improvement.
This Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Case Study outlines possible energy efficiency improvements at three Federal data centers representing a broad cross section of the federal data center space. By leveraging known energy saving strategies, these three data centers could implement the recommended energy efficiency measures (EEMs) with an estimated payback of only approximately two years with cost savings upwards of $100,000 annually at each site.
Energy Conservation
Provides information on your options for saving energy and using renewable energy at home, at work, in your community, and while driving.
Every drop of water saved in the U.S. saves energy, and every unit of energy saved saves water. That overlap has come to be known as the "energy-water nexus." This report, from the American Council for an Energy -Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency combines the energy efficiency community and the water efficiency community. The report develops a blueprint for future joint efforts and envisions a policy agenda that could drive actions at the federal, state, local, and watershed levels.
These guides offer contractors and designers the tools, including recommendations for practical products and off-the-shelf technology, needed for achieving a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999. These guides have been developed through the collaboration of ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with support from the Department of Energy (DOE), to help meet all of an owner's energy performance requirements. Sector-specific guides are available for: small hospitals and healthcare facilities; lodging facilities; small warehouses and self-storage; schools; small retail buildings; small office buildings. ASHRAE and its partners have made these guides available for download (PDF) at no charge.
This guide provides the tools, including recommendations for practical products and off-the-shelf technology, needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. The guide applies to small to medium office buildings up to 100,000 ft2, including a wide range of office types and related activities such as administrative, professional, government, bank or other financial services, and medical offices without medical diagnostic equipment. Also provides a greater emphasis on integrated design as a necessary component in achieving 50% energy savings.
Issued September 2013, this is part of a series of retrofit guides commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy. By presenting general project planning guidance as well as detailed descriptions and financial payback metrics for the most important and relevant energy efficiency measures (EEMs), the guides provide a practical roadmap for effectively planning and implementing performance improvements in existing buildings.
Multiple Army installations are participating in an energy-conserving pilot program to only use as much energy as they create by 2020. The initiative will focus on energy as well as water and waste usage.
Issued by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), this report, dated 1 December 2008, highlights combined heat and power (CHP) as a realistic solution to enhance national energy efficiency, ensure environmental quality, promote economic growth, and foster a robust energy infrastructure.
This technical support document, dated September 2009, was created by the DOE national laboratories under the direction of DOE's Building Technologies Program. It describes the assumptions, methodologies, and analyses used to reach 50% energy savings over ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. This report provides recommendations and user-friendly design assistance to designers, developers, and owners of highway lodging properties and is intended to encourage steady progress towards net-zero energy performance in these buildings.
This is a toolkit designed to help organizations implement an energy management system (EnMS) through an organized step by step process at three different levels: Foundational, ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance. It includes forms, checklists, templates, examples, and guidance to assist the Energy Team throughout the implementation process. The five major steps of the eGuide start with the decision to utilize an EnMS. They proceed through implementation and system maintenance using a proven continual improvement process building off the International Standard for Energy Management Systems, ISO 50001.
A fact sheet on how energy conservation methodologies can be implemented at wastewater treatment facilities.
An ESPC is a contracting vehicle that allows agencies to accomplish energy projects for their facilities without up-front capital costs and without special Congressional appropriations to pay for the improvements. Congress and the President encourage agencies to use ESPCs to finance and implement efficiency improvements and meet their energy goals.
This guide is offered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). The FEMP guide walks users through renewable energy options to help select appropriate types of renewable energy technologies and integrate these technologies into all phases of new construction or major renovation projects. This Guide also provides introductory information on why Federal agencies should consider renewable energy, specific guidance on major renovations, and guidance and resources for training and outreach for projects that use renewable energy.
Published in August 2010, this report presents an assessment and planning process to examine military installations for net zero energy potential. Net Zero Energy Installation (NZEI) assessment offers a systematic framework to analyze energy projects at installations while balancing other site priorities such as mission, cost, and security. This report is the result of a joint initiative formed between DoD and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2008 to address military energy use led to a task force to examine the potential for net zero energy military installations, which would produce as much energy on-site from renewable energy generation, or through the on-site use of renewable fuels, as they consume in buildings, facilities, and fleet vehicles.
Produced by the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), this is a comprehensive resource for the procurement of green energy. The Guide is designed to help institutions understand and compare green power based on sound environmental analysis, as well as concerns about cost, quality, and supply of green power. The Guide includes model energy policies and contract specifications from a variety of organizations; information on green power standards such as Green-e Energy and EcoLogo; and an online database of certified, green energy products.
This 2015 Fact Sheet is the result of research conducted by GSA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at the Fort Carson Army Base near Colorado Springs, CO, evaluated opportunities for Fort Carson buildings to provide superior lighting with minimal energy use.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created this simple checklist to help users assess whether a manufacturing facility should consider ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP) as a next step or if a site would benefit more from foundational energy management programs, such as the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR for Buildings and Plants.
This is a collection of DOE protocols for determining energy savings from energy efficiency measures and programs. The first protocols were published in April 2013.
Training, Presentations, and Briefings
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.
This webinar explores energy and HVAC control strategies, with an emphasis on reliability and best practices related to the new American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning (ASHRAE) 9.9 Data Center Class Guidelines for controlling temperature, and air volume in high-intensity data centers. The seminar included project examples demonstrating cost-effective operations and payback periods that result from an in-depth engineering approach. This webinar is offered by FEMP.
This FEMP course will provide an overview of the current status of LED technology as it relates to maturing applications, cautions, control options, and tools and resources to federal facility managers who make informed decisions.
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.
This FEMP 1.5 hour course covers the best known methods for reducing the energy-intensity of data centers by utilizing server-virtualization, optimizing the temperature within the data center, selecting energy-efficient cooling options, how to arrange server racks and aisles and many other efficiency opportunities. It emphasizes the need for server administrators to work with, rather than independent of facility operators.
This FEMP 1.5 hour course addresses the six areas that are most responsible for energy waste in laboratories including the air handling systems and fume hoods and provides numerous suggestions for reducing energy use.
The FEMP webinar series provides comprehensive instruction on the most current interior and exterior lighting system applications, including lighting sources, technologies, controls, and emerging trends, as well as federal procurement guidance, requirements, and resources.
This FEMP certificate series provides guidance for turning information from metered data into operational, cost-saving best practices. Course instruction describes opportunities to reduce costs, optimize system performance, and maximize investments using the latest metering standards and analytical methods.
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.
Facility managers, energy managers, contractors, and others need to understand the latest information about energy and water management in order to help the Federal government be save energy and money and meet energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation goals.
The use of natural sunlight, known as daylighting, to illuminate a building can save energy, reduce operating costs, create visual appeal, and enhance occupant health and productivity. The U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) rating system encourages the use of daylighting to achieve high performance buildings. This course provides an introduction to the use of daylighting in commercial spaces. The course objective is to show why daylighting should be considered, the basic guidelines of using daylighting and some words of caution when using certain daylighting techniques.
Data traffic has grown tremendously in recent years, with no signs of slowing. Close to half of all the servers handling that data live in data centers less than 5,000 square feet; however these smaller data centers are often overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency. There are compelling benefits for deploying energy saving strategies in small data centers for institutions, state and local governments, utilities, and private companies. Learn about why effective energy management is worth your attention in small data centers, and which low-cost, high-win strategies can reduce energy demand.
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.
This FEMP webinar covers how metered energy data can be measured, analyzed, and presented to support informed decision-making. Understand the various uses for metered data, methods and techniques to perform analysis, and effective tools to gather and evaluate metered data.
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.
This course is designed for Energy and Facility Managers who manage commissioning processes for existing Federal buildings. Focusing on proven strategies in the Federal sector, the training is designed to achieve the maximum benefits of commissioning efforts. Specific Federal applications such as laboratories and data centers are discussed within the overall context of helping Federal staff maximize operational efficiencies including cost and energy savings. There is an emphasis on employing best practices to select and execute improvements that incorporate processes to ensure the persistence of the efficiency outcomes. This course is offered through the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and the National Institute of Building Sciences.
This free online course provides a concise overview for procuring energy-efficient products and services, including actionable guidance as it applies throughout the contracting process.
This FEMP training series covers best practices to achieve high-performance, energy-efficient data centers, including maximizing savings through software and information technology efficiency, optimizing environmental conditions, and more.
DOE has partnered with industry to develop a Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) certificate training program to accelerate energy savings in the dynamic and energy-intensive marketplace of data centers.
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.
Renewable energy, leveraged from natural, renewable resources, delivers electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications to Federal facilities and fleets. This course focuses on the planning and implementation of distributed-scale renewable energy projects, those smaller than 10 megawatts. The course outlines a detailed 10-step process from technology screening to project closeout. Explored are online tools and resources available for the selection of cost-effective renewable energy projects on federal sites.
This FEMP seminar will describe a step-by-step method to conduct an "energy efficiency expert evaluation"- a customized process to meet site-specific energy goals. This approach combines the most effective features of an energy audit and retro-commissioning, while avoiding the limitations of each.
This is a collection of EPA webinars on energy efficiency for water and wastewater utilities.
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.
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
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).
Offered through the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), this 8-hour course is divided into sixteen modules which can be taken at one time or separately. Students will earn eight DAU/FAI Continuous Learning Points (CLP) for the course following the successful completion of the course modules and a multiple-choice assessment. This module 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.
This eTraining core course explains how Federal performance contracting mandates require agencies to evaluate their facilities, identify potential savings, and appropriately leverage private and public sector funding to invest in comprehensive projects. This course introduces learners to best practices for establishing partnerships with energy services companies (ESCOs) through energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) to meet this challenge.
In this FEMP course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of energy saving performance contracts (ESPC), an alternative financing vehicle that allows Federal agencies to complete energy-savings projects without up-front capital costs and special Congressional appropriations by partnering with an energy service company (ESCO). Learners will be introduced to ESPC basics, including key concepts, timelines, authorizing legislation, and stakeholder roles and responsibilities, as well of the five phases of the ESPC development process.
This webinar addresses the responsibilities of agency contracting and technical personnel for administering an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) task order during the post-acceptance performance period. It also discusses life-of-contract (LOC) services and training provided by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to agencies with ESPCs in the performance period. The purpose of LOC services is to help agencies maintain compliance and high value in their ESPC projects.
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.
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.
FEMP offers webinars, classroom training, and on-demand training addressing issues such as lighting, energy efficient products, fleet management, renewable energy, greenhouse gases, and water efficiency.
This course provides Federal energy and facility managers and contracting officers with knowledge and skills to develop an on-site renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) on a Federal site. This course will describe the components of a PPA, including the benefits of PPAs, getting a PPA contract underway, PPA project development considerations, and requesting and evaluating PPA proposals. Early "go or no-go" considerations are reviewed, along with technical, legal, and contractual requirements of PPA. This course is offered through the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and the National Institute of Building Sciences.
This training series covers the fundamentals of renewable energy systems, including primary components, requirements, and best practices for utilizing renewable energy for electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications at Federal facilities. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) certificate series are groupings of eTraining core courses that allow learners to reach a higher level of expertise in certain series topic areas. Learners receive a certificate upon successfully completing all of the courses in a FEMP certificate series. They will also receive continuing education units from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
This training series covers utility energy service contracts as a contracting vehicle to fund and implement energy efficiency measures at Federal facilities. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) certificate series are groupings of eTraining core courses that allow learners to reach a higher level of expertise in certain series topic areas. Learners receive a certificate upon successfully completing all of the courses in a FEMP certificate series. They will also receive continuing education units from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
This training series covers energy savings performance contracts as a contracting vehicle to fund and implement energy conservation measures and make energy improvements at Federal facilities. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) certificate series are groupings of eTraining core courses that allow learners to reach a higher level of expertise in certain series topic areas. Learners receive a certificate upon successfully completing all of the courses in a FEMP certificate series. They will also receive continuing education units from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
Registrants will learn how to utilize life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) to improve Federal economic-based decision making, determine the total cost of ownership of project alternatives, and make informed decisions on energy and water efficiency investments. In addition, participants will apply key requirements and supplemental economic measures to federal investment decisions such as those for individual and interdependent building system acquisitions for new construction and major renovations.
Link to the presentations from previous GovEnergy conferences. Topics include: building O&M, contracting, Energy 101, sustainability, legislation, energy security, metering, financing, and renewables.
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.
First presented in May 2015, this webinar uses of real world examples and an enhanced understanding of the design process to empower project managers and design team members to utilize energy modeling on their projects. From contract language to communications, the webinar will address the key components you need to understand in order to successfully incorporate energy modeling into the design process.
This FEMP webinar covers the use of project funding tools to plan and implement energy and water saving measures and renewable energy systems in Federal facilities.
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.
This course is designed for Energy and Facility Managers, Contracting Officers, and others want to develop and implement energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects on Federal sites under a Utility Energy Services Contract. Focusing on proven templates, contracts, and methods in the Federal sector, the training provides key considerations a site team should follow to partner with their serving utility to establish a UESC. This course covers initial steps to develop a UESC, how to build a solid team, ways to evaluate financing and contracting options, and early steps to initiate a UESC with a serving utility. This course is offered through the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and the National Institute of Building Sciences.
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.
This FEMP training outlines federal requirements and drivers for metering and provides best practices to select and prioritize metering projects. Learn to identify and comply with applicable federal metering requirements and evaluate how metered data can be used to improve building performance and reduce costs.
Presentation given during the 2010 DOI Conference on the Environment in April 2010.
Presentation given during the 2010 DOI Conference on the Environment in April 2010.
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.
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.
EO 13693 requires that monthly performance data for covered buildings be entered into Portfolio Manager. This website provides a series of PDF files and videos covering the ins and outs of ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager.
Every Wednesday at noon Eastern there will be a Portfolio Manager "Ask the Expert" session. It's a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. Want to talk to a "real" person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join the webinar, and get all your questions about ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager answered in this public forum.
Continue to learn about EPA's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data. Multiple dates available.
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
This course provides experienced energy savings performance contracts (ESPC) practitioners with insight into gaining additional savings from ESPC projects. Course modules focus on four specific energy conservation measures (ECMs) that are underutilized in federal ESPCs due to common implementation barriers, such as savings-flow uncertainty or unevenness, baselining difficulties, and measurement and verification (M&V) process ambiguities. Featured ECMs include demand response, cogeneration/CHP, irrigation efficiency improvements, and retro-commissioning. After completing a course evaluation and multiple-choice assessment, participants will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for continuing education units.
This eTraining introduces a five-phase process for implementing federal on-site renewable energy projects to meet agency goals. The course reviews current statutory and Executive Order renewable energy goals, introduces available procurement pathways, reviews best practices from successful federal projects, and provides up-to-date technical tools and resources to support project success. The course is part of FEMP's four-course Certificate Series, Planning and Financing Renewable Energy Projects, which discusses the fundamentals of renewable energy systems, including primary components, requirements, and best practices for utilizing renewable energy for electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications at Federal facilities.
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective biomass energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Biomass energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications. This course is offered by FEMP.
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective geothermal energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Geothermal energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective hydropower and ocean energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Hydropower and ocean energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
This eTraining core course addresses how increasing amounts of intermittent renewable energy generation can be controlled to realize energy cost savings and improve system reliability. Renewable energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications. This course will introduce learners to renewable energy system integration from the building to the utility level.
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective photovoltaic (PV) and daylighting technologies and common implementation considerations. Solar energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity at life-cycle cost effective rates.
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective solar thermal and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies and common implementation considerations. Solar energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
This eTraining core course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective wind energy technologies and common implementation considerations. Wind energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications.
Developed by the DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, this purpose of this course is to enable you to reduce operating cost and provide energy savings to the building you are responsible for. 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 building automation system (BAS).
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.
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.
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.
This course will: describe the most common energy efficiency measures specific to data centers; explain where different data center energy efficiency measures apply and don't apply; discuss the pros and cons associated with data center energy efficiency measures; and how to estimate the expected savings associated with data center energy efficiency measures.
Explains how metered data can identify system-level or facility-wide changes and ways to use dashboards to present information tailored to stakeholders. Understand how to apply metered data analysis to improve operational efficiency, interpret building load profiles, and use metered data to analyze utility bills.
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.
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