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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.

CSBI Planning Tool

FEMP developed a CSBI planning tool to help agencies estimate greenhouse gas reductions from their planned performance contracts.

This tool helps agencies fulfill the White House Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) requirements to submit Appendix D: Net-Zero Emission Building Strategic Plan for FY 2024.

Access the CSBI Tool and instructions.

Learn More About the CSBI Tool

This video provides an overview of the tool, including its purpose, how to use the tool, and other considerations. The speakers also provide a demonstration of the tool.

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Video courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Savings Performance Contracts

Utility Energy Service Contracts

Federal Project Executives

Locate the FPE for your region to begin working on an ESPC, UESC, or ESPC ENABLE project.

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. 

    Read more about the 31 federal agency projects receiving the first of three disbursements and subscribe to the FEMP Digest for important Phase 2 updates.

    Distributed Energy Resources

    Learn more about a comprehensive approach to CFE planning and procurement.

    The following resources may help agencies incorporate distributed energy resources and/or carbon pollution-free electricity resources into a performance contract.