Renewable Energy Procurement for Federal Agencies

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FEMP’s Renewable Energy Procurement (REP) Program helps federal agencies meet their renewable energy goals, reduce environmental impacts, and improve resilience. The REP Program bridges information gaps to help agencies meet their renewable 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 Renewable Energy Procurement Training

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

Get Renewable Energy Procurement Assistance

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides assistance to federal agencies interested in renewable energy procurement through experts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). To get started, contact Tracy (Logan) Niro 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 renewable 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 renewable energy projects.

Need Assistance?

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Tracy (Logan) Niro | UESC and REP contact | 202-341-7601

Rachel Shepherd | RE and REP contact | 202-586-9209