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The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) helps federal agencies plan and implement federal distributed energy projects including on-site electric and thermal renewable energy and energy storage technologies.

FEMP's process for successfully implementing distributed energy projects is comprised of six phases, each consisting of a series of steps. By following FEMP's distributed energy project process, agencies can efficiently implement projects that are technically sound, reduce energy costs for the federal government, and support agency needs and missions.

Process Phases

Phase 1: Project Identification
Define project goals, collect site energy and cost data, and screen technologies at a single site or portfolio of sites to identify technologies and locations for an in-depth distributed energy assessment.
Phase 3: Project Validation
Perform a feasibility study to validate the project, identify and address potential barriers to implementation, and explore procurement options.
Phase 5: Construction and Performance
Complete project design; construct, commission, and accept the project; perform regular operations and maintenance; and decommission the project at the end of the performance contract.
Phase 2: Project Team Formation
Assemble a project team including an energy champion, a contracting officer, pertinent personnel, external experts, and stakeholders. Develop a project team plan and scope.
Phase 4: Procurement
Develop an acquisition plan, issue solicitation documents, and award a contract. The process used will depend on the selected procurement option.
Phase 6: Federal Reporting
Gather renewable energy data and provide annual performance reporting on system performance.

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