March 21, 2024, 2–3 p.m. ET


Level: Introductory

This training will help learners understand the challenges, considerations, and best practices surrounding federal procurement of energy attribute certificates (EACs). Learners will receive an overview of the common procurement approaches used to acquire EACs in the federal sector, with a particular focus on the Indian Energy Purchase Preference provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The definition of EACs includes the most commonly traded product, renewable energy certificates (RECs), along with attributes associated with other carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) generation technologies. 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify what EACs are and understand that RECs are a type of EAC.
  • Describe different EAC markets.
  • Prepare EAC procurement strategies.
  • Describe how to buy/sell EACs.
  • Identify common challenges associated with EAC procurement.
  • Describe the concept of EAC "retirement."
  • Identify opportunities associated with the Indian Energy Purchase Preference requirement in EPAct 2005 for Tribes and Tribal Majority Owned Businesses.
  • Identify available FEMP and other resources to help agencies implement successful CFE procurement.


Tracy Niro is the utility program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (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.

Doug Gagne is a project analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He currently provides early-stage federal project development support for renewable energy and resilience projects, including techno-economic analyses to identify what mix of generation technologies will most cost-effectively meet a site's power needs. He also supports early-stage resilience project development and brings extensive federal procurement expertise.

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.