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Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) Funding Opportunity

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides project assistance through the Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding opportunity. AFFECT provides grants for the development of capital projects to increase the energy efficiency and renewable energy investments at Federal agency facilities.

AFFECT 2015 Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue on behalf of FEMP a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies, Fiscal Year 2015 (AFFECT 2015). In this Request for Information (RFI), FEMP seeks input from interested parties and stakeholders regarding the subject of the anticipated FOA (DE-FOA-0001203) and related details.

If the FOA is issued, it will likely provide grants to Federal agencies for highly leveraged renewable energy projects that are incorporated into a privately financed performance contract or financed through appropriations. Privately financed performance projects include energy savings performance contracts and utility energy service contracts, as well as projects, which are part of a renewable energy power purchase agreement. If the FOA is issued, it will be released at some point in fiscal year (FY) 2015, which began on October 1, 2014, and ends on September 30, 2015.

Key Details
  1. This is solely a RFI, not a FOA. EERE is not yet accepting applications.
  2. This is the second year that FEMP has sponsored the AFFECT grant program.
  3. Feedback for the RFI is solicited from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the appropriate subject(s) to be included in the FY 2015 and future AFFECT FOAs. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to no later than 5 p.m. Eastern time on November 13, 2014.
  4. All projects should lend themselves to follow-on replication efforts at additional Federal sites.

For more information, read the RFI.

AFFECT 2014 Funding Opportunity

On November 5, 2013, FEMP issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) on the EERE Exchange titled Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) DE-FOA-0000901. The release of the FOA followed the notice of intent, which was issued on July 9, 2013.

On September 22, 2014, FEMP announced  the following nine AFFECT projects.

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas): This 13.7 megawatt (MW) combined heat and power (CHP) system at the center is expected to net more than $29 million in energy savings over its lifetime. This will be NASA’s first CHP deployment. There is potential for 73 MW of CHP across the agency.
  • U.S. Department of Defense (Army Aberdeen Proving Ground in Edgewood, Maryland): This 7.9 MW CHP system, executed under an energy savings performance contract, will replace a steam generation plant being decommissioned in 2016. The new system will provide 86% of the site’s steam supply and offset 50% of current electricity use.
  • National Science Foundation (Arctic Program at Thule Air Base in Greenland): This 30 kilowatt (kW) CHP system will serve as a model for NSF facilities and assist agencies in evaluating the replacement of diesel generators at any remote, isolated government sites, such as DOD forward operating bases, FEMA emergency zones, forests and parks.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (12 Forest Service National Forests in California): The Forest Service will deploy a total of 220 kW of renewable energy installations, including photovoltaic (PV) systems at 14 locations across 11 national forests, along with a single small-scale hydroelectric turbine at one additional national forest. These off-grid systems will use battery backup and several different battery technologies to boost system performance. These will be prototype installations for replication at Forest Service locations nationwide.
  • U.S. Department of Justice (Bureau of Prisons in Oregon, New Jersey, and New York): The Bureau of Prisons will install a total of 1.5 MW of ground-mounted PV systems at three Federal prisons in Sheridan, Oregon; Fairton, New Jersey; and Otisville, New York. The project will serve as a pilot for 119 other Federal prisons.
  • U.S. Department of the Interior (National Park Service in Virginia and North Carolina): The National Park Service will deploy 350 solar-powered safety lights along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina. Almost all of the safety lights are now battery-powered and require frequent verification and replacement. The installation will significantly extend time between physical inspections, saving on fuel and maintenance costs.
  • U.S. Department of Defense (Air National Guard in Westhampton Beach, New York): This 1.56 MW rooftop PV system at the Gabreski Airport will cover 48% of the base’s electric consumption and is the site’s first renewable project.
  • U.S. Department of Defense (Army in Fort Campbell, Kentucky): This 5 MW ground-mounted PV system will be installed on an abandoned landfill, which is otherwise unusable land. The multi-megawatt project will encourage further solar deployment in an area of the country underserved by renewables. The Army can apply lessons learned to other large-scale, landfill-based PV projects.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (Federal Aviation Administration, FFA, in Peachtree City, Georgia): This 217 kW ground-mount PV system at the Terminal Radar Approach Control Station will be the FAA’s first large-scale renewable project in its eastern service area. It is expected to produce approximately 300,000 kWh annually.