The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides project assistance to Federal agencies through competitive funding solicitations. Solicitations include the Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding opportunity, which was released in 2013. AFFECT provides grants for the development of capital projects to increase the energy efficiency and renewable energy investments at Federal agency facilities.
AFFECT Round 2 Funding Opportunity
FEMP plans to release AFFECT round 2 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.
AFFECT Round 1 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.
AFFECT Round 1 Key Details
- Up to $5 million in direct funding for combined heat and power and renewable energy projects.
- Only U.S. Federal agencies, sub-agencies, and national laboratory contractors were eligible to apply, and only Federal government-owned facilities are eligible.
- The funding level per award is up to $1 million.
- Agencies are expected to significantly leverage FOA funds using agency‐appropriated funds or alternative project financing mechanisms, such as energy savings performance contracts, utility energy savings contracts, or on-site renewable power purchase agreements to complete the projects.
- All projects should lend themselves to follow‐on efforts at additional Federal sites.
- Projects must demonstrate life cycle cost effectiveness per 10 CFR 436, Subpart A.