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The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) offers resources to help federal agencies implement utility energy service contracts (UESCs).

Essential Education

These resources offer helpful information about structuring sound UESC projects with sustained savings.

  • Utility Energy Service Contracts Guide: Key resource for acquisition teams developing UESCs includes a compilation of samples and templates to help contracting officers implement task orders under existing U.S. General Services Administration areawide contracts.
  • Performance Assurance Planning: Includes protocol and templates for emphasizing sustained performance to ensure projected savings are realized in a UESC.
  • UESC Project Development Report Template: Provides resources to discuss project priorities and objectives, establish deliverables and expectations, and negotiate and document agreed-upon scope and pricing for each deliverable.
  • UESCs: Enabling Documents: Presents legislative, executive, and agency mandates and legal opinions regarding UESCs and energy improvements in federal facilities.
  • UESC Lessons Learned: Describes recommended best practices generated by a growing group of innovative energy managers across multiple successful projects.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Offers answers to frequently asked questions about federal UESCs.
  • FEMP Utility Team Utility Energy Service Contract Scope of Support: Outlines activities and services offered by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) utility team.

Utility Toolkit

Are you a utility wondering how to launch a UESC program for your federal customers? FEMP's Utility Toolkit addresses the preliminary steps to prepare your stakeholders for UESCs. Starting a UESC program for your customers can involve a lot of behind-the-scenes preparation with internal utility stakeholders and resources. The toolkit addresses many aspects of planning, development, and marketing of a new UESC program and covers topics from a utility perspective that will prepare you to offer a successful UESC incentive.

    Phase 1: Acquisition Planning

    Documents, templates, and guidance for phase 1 of the UESC process.

    Phase 2: Utility Selection and Preliminary Assessment

    Documents, templates, and guidance for phase 2 of the UESC process.

    Utility Selection

    Preliminary Assessment (PA)

    Phase 3: Project Development

    Documents, templates, and guidance for phase 3 of the UESC process.

    Investment Grade Audit (IGA)

    Task Order Development and Award

    Performance Assurance Planning

    Establishing Escalation Rates for Financed Projects

    Proposal Review: Task Order Financial Schedules


    The investor deal summary (IDS) and standard financing offer (SFO) that are required for ESPCs have been modified for UESCs.

    Phase 4: Project Implementation and Construction

    Documents, templates, and guidance for phase 4 of the UESC process.

    Phase 5: Post-Acceptance Performance

    Documents, templates, and guidance for phase 5 of the UESC process.