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Federal Energy Management Program Technical Assistance

NREL helps the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) by providing project technical assistance and supporting project financing mechanisms that enable federal agencies to achieve energy management requirements and goals.

Technical Assistance

NREL technical assistance to FEMP covers a variety of areas, including:

  • Models and tools, facility screenings, training, project planning, resources assessments, and more to help federal agencies get the most out of their energy consumption, deploy renewable energy technologies, and inventory and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Feasibility assessments, commissioning assistance, and life cycle costing to help federal agencies apply sustainable design, operations, and maintenance practices to facilities.

  • A range of fleet analysis, training, information, and technical assistance to help federal fleets maximize their use of alternative fuels and compare strategies for reducing fuel use through FEMP’s Sustainable Federal Fleets program.

Project Financing

NREL supports FEMP's innovative project financing programs, which help agencies implement energy- and water-saving projects.

  • Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs): ESPCs allow federal agencies to form partnerships with energy service companies to avoid the up-front capital costs and special Congressional appropriations typically required for energy savings projects. For information about how NREL can assist with ESPCs, contact Colton Heaps.

  • Power purchase agreements (PPAs): PPAs enable private financing of renewable projects, allowing developers to benefit from tax incentives and accelerated depreciation while allowing federal agencies to reduce their exposure to risk and secure long-term electricity pricing. For more information about how NREL can assist with PPAs, contact Chandra Shah.

  • Utility energy service contracts (UESCs): UESCs enable agencies to partner with their franchised or serving utilities to finance energy improvements. For information about how NREL can assist with UESCs, contact Karen Thomas.

Get more information about federal energy and water efficiency project financing.

Contact Us

To learn more about NREL's FEMP work, contact Jerry Davis.