June 6–8, 2023, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MT

FEMP IACET: 0.8 per training

Level: Introductory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
Research Support Facility
Golden, Colorado

This three-day workshop educates attendees on how to implement energy and water projects through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). While each day is a stand-alone course, learners are encouraged to attend all three days as able.

The workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and is taught by experts in the field of performance contracting experts including a federal contracting officer, FEMP Federal Project Executive, DOE national laboratory experts, and other consultants with extensive backgrounds in ESPCs.

Registration is open to federal employees, DOE National Laboratories, and state and local government employees. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learning Objectives

Day 1

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

  • Explain the ESPC authority as a tool for energy and cost savings at federal agencies including the new laws and requirements
  • Describe how ESPCs re-allocate current spending and how agencies can ensure that their projects are of the highest possible value
  • Describe the project planning activities that will set the stage for a successful ESPC project including the Acquisition Team's critical rolesand responsibilities
  • Recognize the authorized contractor selection processes
  • Identify the purpose of the Preliminary Assessment.

Day 2

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

  • Describe why an agency needs measurement and verification (M&V) and why there is so much focus on M&V?
  • Explain the importance of the task order request for proposal (RFP) and why it is a departure from standard contracting
  • Demonstrate how to analyze task order schedules via assigned exercises
  • Identify the elements of the final proposal understanding that the contractor integrates findings from the investment grade audit with the requirements stated in the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) and task order RFP to produce the final proposal
  • Identify a key element for review in the Risk, Responsibility, and Performance Matrix
  • Recognize key elements of the technical proposal.

Day 3

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

  • Discuss how ESPC projects are financed and what constitutes a good deal for the government
  • Evaluate ESPC pricing and financing analyses, techniques, and review strategies
  • Identify the differences between traditional and performance contracting implementation/construction period activities and responsibilities
  • Recognize how to verify performance guarantees have been achieved
  • Identify the performance period or life of contract quality assurance agencies are required to maintain and the importance of a contract management plan.


Russ Dominy, BGS-LLC

Russ Dominy is an experienced acquisition professional having served as the former acquisition director/chief of contracts office at NAVFAC Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center. Russ was the department head responsible for overall management of 50 employees, including 40 contracting personnel.

Russ also held positions as the supervisory contracting officer, procurement contracting officer (PCO), administrative contracting officer, contract specialist, acquisition manager, and contracting officer representative. Russ served as the PCO and source selection authority for all large contract actions including over $1B in ESPC contracts. Russ was responsible for Command Government Commercial purchase card consisting of more than $2 million in transactions annually.

Scott Wolf, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scott Wolf is a federal project executive at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he supports FEMP.

Scott assists federal agencies in the western part of the country with launching successful third-party financed projects and has worked with most federal agencies in the field.

He has 30 years of energy technology and engineering experience including performing technical analysis and energy program development in the government sector. He is responsible for assisting a variety of federal agencies with implementing alternatively financed energy projects.

In this capacity, Scott provides expert advice and guidance to all levels of an organization that are responsible for completing multimillion-dollar energy project deals through energy saving performance contracts and other mechanisms.

Matt Joyner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Matt works as a project manager in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 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.

Kurmit Rockwell, U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program

Kurmit Rockwell serves as ESPC program manager where he oversees services, tools, and resources needed to assist agencies with implementing successful ESPC projects.

Over a career spanning 25 years, Kurmit's work included engineering and all aspects of ESPC project implementation for federal, state, and local governments. His work in the public and private sector energy services industry has focused on evaluation and implementation of energy and water cost saving technologies, smart building energy optimization services, renewable energy systems, and demand side management.

He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a master's degree in building systems engineering from the University of Colorado. He is a registered professional engineer in multiple states.

Phil Voss, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Phil Voss provides technical assistance for alternative financing programs and projects, supporting FEMP's ESPC, utility energy service contracts (UESCs), 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.

Phil Coleman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Phil Coleman has worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) since 1996. He is a technical advisor to the FEMP ESPC program, focusing particularly on utility rates and measurement and verification of savings.

Phil also spearheads an initiative to educate federal facilities on efficiency and renewable project incentives, demand response, utilities procurement, and "rate-responsive building operation."

Internationally, he has advised governments in Mexico, India, Chile, and Jordan on developing public sector energy conservation programs.

Phil received his bachelor's degree from Earlham College (1986) and his master of science in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania (1994). He also holds the Association of Energy Engineers' Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) designations.

Dr. Christine E. Walker, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Christine E. Walker works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) Integrated Building Deployment and Analysis in the Energy and Sciences Technology Division, supporting FEMP for ESPC, ENABLE, and UESC projects.

She provides technical assistance and training, performing engineering and economic analyses, managing the Life of Contract services and tracking project performance for FEMP's ESPC program in the implementation of energy, resiliency and cost savings projects at federal facilities.

Prior to this position, Dr. Walker worked in industry for energy service companies for over ten years, in the development of performance contracting projects in the public, private and federal markets. She has over 20 years of experience in leading and managing project development and engineering teams, addressing comprehensive energy management in the commercial, institutional, residential and industrial markets through analytics and building performance analyses.

Dr. Walker received her doctorate in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois and is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states. 

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.

FEMP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and awards IACET continuing education units (CEUs) upon the successful completion of select courses. FEMP training is provided through the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) learning management system.