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Federal Energy Management Program Technical Assistance

NREL supports the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) by providing project technical assistance and developing innovative financing mechanisms to help federal agencies achieve their legislated and executive-ordered energy environmental targets.

Department of Defense Energy Programs

NREL and FEMP actively support the U.S. Army Net Zero Energy Installation (NZEI) initiative, as well as supporting the Department of Defense and other military facilities in achieving strategic energy goals surrounding energy security and sustainability. Learn more about NREL's Department of Defense Energy Programs

Technical Assistance

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

  • 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.

  • The Labs21 approach, of which NREL is a founding member, to help FEMP tackle energy consumption at government, academic, and private sector laboratories from a holistic perspective rather than focusing on building components.

  • 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.

Financing Mechanisms

NREL works with FEMP to develop innovative financing mechanisms to assist government agencies with energy project development, including:

  • Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCS), which 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 Douglas Dahle.

  • Power Purchase Agreements (PPAS), which 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), which 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 financing mechanisms for federal agency projects.

Contact Us

To learn more about NREL's FEMP work, contact Robert Westby.