January 31–February 2, 2023, 12–2 p.m. ET


Level: Introductory

To achieve decarbonization and other federal goals, it is increasingly critical for agencies to consider the value of utility energy service contracts (UESCs) as a tool for upgrading energy and water infrastructure and installing on-site carbon pollution-free (CFE) projects, with little to no upfront costs.

This three-day workshop will help attendees understand the fundamental elements of a UESC and how these limited-source performance contracts can be used to maximize investment into energy and water conservation measures.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) national labs will present best practices aimed at assisting agency staff, utilities, and energy service companies (ESCOs) in the successful development of UESCs, including topics such as acquisition planning, contractor selection, site assessments, proposal review, and performance assurance.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

    • Describe the basis of the UESC authority as a tool for achieving energy and cost savings at Federal facilities;
    • Understand how UESCs can be an effective tool for meeting energy efficiency and decarbonization goals;
    • Identify unique characteristics of UESC projects, including allowable energy conservation measures, performance assurance/measurement and verification, and funding/financing considerations; and
    • Describe common UESC contracting options and the process for leveraging GSA areawide contracts to streamline the contracting process.


    Tracy Niro, Program Manager, DOE

    Tracy Niro is the utility program manager at FEMP. Tracy is a recognized expert in energy policy, federal utility service contracting, and utility energy service contracts. She also oversees electric and natural gas utility acquisitions for DOE sites nationwide and serves as the chair of the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group. Tracy was a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow, has completed detail assignments to the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the International Energy Agency, and was awarded a Fulbright Professional Scholarship to conduct energy research in Australia. Tracy began her career as a staff accountant for an investor-owned utility and has 20 years of experience in the energy industry including past experience leading the DOE FEMP Power Purchase Agreement Program and serving as coordinator for floating offshore wind regulation in Hawaii at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

    Chandra Shah, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Chandra Shah is a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She has been supporting FEMP since 1998—helping agencies purchase off-site renewable energy, implement distributed energy projects, and achieve energy/water goals through UESC and other utility partnerships. She is a CEM and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

    Deb Vasquez, Senior Program Leader, NREL

    Deb Vasquez is the NREL technical lead for the FEMP UESC team. She provides technical support, training, and resource development for federal government energy projects that leverage utility industry capabilities and private financing to improve federal government facilities infrastructure.

    Phil Voss, Senior Project Leader, NREL

    Phil Voss provides technical assistance for alternative financing programs and projects, supporting FEMP's energy savings program contract (ESPC), UESC, and distributed energy initiatives. His work includes cross-coordination of these initiatives, performance-period support for ESPC projects, training development and delivery, and efforts to advance implementation of energy sales agreements at federal facilities. Phil also has experience managing project technical assistance, strategic energy planning, and representing NREL with a range of federal and non-federal clients. Phil has a B.S. in architectural engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.

    Jeff Gingrich, Project Manager, NREL

    Jeff Gingrich manages program and training development for the FEMP utility team at NREL. He is an advisor in supporting the development of UESC projects and develops resources and curriculum for the internationally accredited UESC training courses for federal agencies and regulated utilities. In addition, Jeff supports a portfolio of projects at NREL that include energy savings performance contracts and Integrated Urban Services in the ASEAN region.

    John Myhre, MBA, Project Manager, NREL

    John works for NREL, providing training, technical analysis, and support for FEMP in the areas of performance contracting and distributed energy procurement. Prior to joining NREL, John served as a construction manager and public works operations manager in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and as a mechanical engineer for the General Services Administration's Region 9 in San Francisco.

    Matt Joyner, Project Manager, NREL

    Matt works as a project manager in NREL's Project Development and Finance Group within the Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support Center. His work is primarily focused on supporting FEMP in performance contracting and distributed energy procurement. Prior to joining NREL, Matt was an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and worked as a construction project manager with NORESCO. He has experience overseeing and managing projects that include building management system and HVAC control upgrades, LED lighting retrofits, boiler and chiller installations, and combined heat and power plant build outs.

    About FEMP Training

    The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides live and on-demand training to foster and maintain a high-performance workforce that constructs, operates, and maintains energy-efficient and cost-effective federal facilities. Choose from over 120 free courses spanning topics like project financing, facility and fleet optimization, fleet management, resilience, sustainable product procurement, and more.

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