Distributed Energy Procurement for Federal Agencies

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FEMP helps federal agencies meet their renewable energy goals, reduce environmental impacts, and improve resilience. FEMP’s procurement experts bridge information gaps to help agencies meet their distributed energy goals and requirements.

The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 requires no less than 7.5% of total agency electricity consumption to come from renewable energy in fiscal year 2013 and thereafter. Renewable electricity generated on federal agency land or buildings and used by that agency receives double credit toward this goal. 

There are two renewable energy procurement pathways available to federal agencies: 

Find Distributed Energy Procurement Training

FEMP offers a variety of training options to help agency personnel develop a better understanding of the distributed energy procurement options so they can determine how best to proceed with a project. Find distributed energy procurement training.

Get Distributed Energy Procurement Assistance

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides assistance to federal agencies interested in distributed energy procurement through experts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). To get started, contact Rachel Shepherd at DOE, Chandra Shah at NREL, or Gerald Robinson at LBNL.

These experts facilitate cooperation between the federal agency and:

  • Defense Logistics Agency-Energy: Offers acquisition support for facility energy requirements such as REC purchases and long-term distributed energy project development

  • General Services Administration: Acquires competitive electricity for the federal government, often using reverse auctions, and bundles renewable energy purchases with basic electricity to help multiple agencies meet their renewable energy needs. GSA purchases some energy through power purchase agreements and RECs

  • Western Area Power Administration: Facilitates long-term contracts for federal agencies in its service territory through the Renewable Resources for Federal Agencies Program.

Review FEMP’s resources and tools for planning distributed energy projects.