Utility Program and Utility Energy Service Contracts for Federal Agencies
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Administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), the Utility Program has fostered collaboration among federal agencies and their serving utilities for more than 25 years.
FEMP's Utility Program helps agencies leverage their utility budgets to meet energy- and water-efficiency, renewable-energy, and energy-resilience objectives, while helping utilities meet the needs of their federal customers.
To help establish and enhance federal agency-utility working relationships, the Utility Program convenes stakeholder meetings to discuss best practices and lessons learned, the state of the industry, and the latest approaches to cost-effective energy management at federal sites. It also hosts on-site, on-demand, and live online trainings on how to execute utility energy service contract (UESC) projects—a key form of agency-utility partnership—and provides expert technical support in implementing them.
Defines UESCs and the benefits of using, describes existing contract types, and explains how to report UESC project data.
UESC Project Support
Outlines FEMP's UESC support options including using project facilitators, training opportunities, and technical assistance.
FEMP utility team contacts offer expert assistance with implementing federal utility energy service contracts.
Lists resources, including the UESC Guide, to help federal agencies implement UESCs.
Start a Project
A UESC between U.S. Army and Pueblo Chemical Depot's serving utility supported the installation of a new electrical substation.
Guide for acquisition teams includes samples and templates to help contracting officers implement task orders under existing GSA areawide contracts.
Document recommends the use of eProject Builder, a project development and archiving tool for energy projects.
Guide includes protocol and templates for emphasizing sustained performance to ensure projected savings are realized in a UESC.
Provides resources to discuss project priorities and objectives, establish deliverables, and negotiate agreed-upon scope and pricing for deliverables.
Presents legislative, executive, and agency mandates and legal opinions regarding UESCs and energy improvements in federal facilities.
Describes recommended best practices generated by a growing group of innovative energy managers across multiple successful projects.
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) offers answers to frequently asked questions about federal utility energy service contracts (UESCs).
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