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Project Facilitators for Federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts

Federal agencies developing U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy savings performance contract (ESPC) projects are required to work with a DOE-approved federal project facilitator (PF). PFs are experienced, unbiased advisors who guide the agency acquisition team through the ESPC process.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides PFs at no cost for the early development of ESPC projects through agency review of the energy service company's preliminary assessment. After that, services are provided on a reimbursable basis (covering labor costs and travel) executed through an interagency agreement with the DOE Golden Field Office. Agencies have the option of providing their own approved project facilitators. 

To start working on an ESPC project, contact a federal project executive.

Project Development

All DOE indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) ESPC projects shall be done with an approved PF or project facilitator team. The default for the use of the DOE IDIQ ESPC contract is to use a DOE-designated PF provided on a reimbursable basis as required by statute. For guidelines on how PFs can become DOE approved, see Project Facilitation and Quality Assurance for Federal ESPCs.

Agencies and DOE-approved project facilitators should review the FEMP ESPC Project Development Guide, which charts the FEMP process for providing project development support to agencies developing ESPC projects using the DOE IDIQ ESPC. The guide outlines: 

  • Resources that PFs and federal project executives are required to use in their lead role in the delivery of project development services
  • Minimum requirements for project documentation.