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On August 3, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Climate Smart Buildings Initiative (CSBI), which will leverage public-private partnerships to modernize federal buildings to better meet agencies' missions, create good-paying jobs, and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The CSBI is expected to:
- Catalyze over $8 billion of private sector investment by 2030 to modernize facilities through performance contracts.
- Create and support nearly 80,000 jobs.
- Achieve up to 2.8 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions annually by 2030.
- Increase investments from performance contracts to a sustained $1.2 billion per year by 2030.
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides agencies with expert assistance, guidance, and training to help them implement performance contracts, including both energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs).
The resources below can serve as a helpful starting point for agencies looking for training and best practices on implementing performance contracts.
Energy Savings Performance Contracts
- ESPC program overview
- Process for procuring an ESPC
- Workshops, webinars, and training
- Frequently Asked Questions regarding the scope of the ESPC statutory authority
- ESPC ENABLE: a streamlined procurement process for small federal projects
- ESPC energy sales agreement (ESA): uses the ESPC authority to implement distributed energy projects on federal buildings or land
- Case studies.
Utility Energy Service Contracts
- UESC program overview
- Process for procuring a UESC
- Resources for implementing UESCs
- UESC webinar series (no-cost and on-demand)
- Case studies.
Federal Project Executives
Federal Project Executives (FPEs) help agencies launch ESPCs, ESPC ENABLE projects, and UESCs by helping with acquisition planning tasks. This support can include helping to determine whether a performance contract project is feasible and helping to gain management support for a project. To learn more about FPEs and to access FPE contact information, please visit the FPE webpage.
AFFECT Funding Opportunity
The U.S. Department of Energy's Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) grant program assists selected agencies in maximizing external funds to implement energy conservation measures. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 provided $250 million in funding for the AFFECT program to promote innovative decarbonization strategies through performance contracting.
More information about the AFFECT program will be included here once the 2022 Federal Agency Call (FAC) has been issued. A summary of the AFFECT 2021 funding recipients can be found on the AFFECT 2021 recipients webpage.
Distributed Energy Resources
The following resources may help agencies incorporate distributed energy resources and/or carbon pollution-free electricity resources into a performance contract.
- Process for planning and implementing federal distributed energy projects
- REopt: The Renewable Energy Integration and Optimization platform recommends the optimal mix of energy technologies to meet cost savings, resilience, emissions reductions, and energy performance goals.
- Distributed energy interconnection checklist
- Technical specifications
- Carbon pollution-free electricity resources for federal agencies.