Logo for the Tennessee Valley AuthorityThe Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) meets twice per year to share success stories, information about Federal Energy Management Program activities, and other business.

Please note: The 2018 Spring FUPWG Seminar format is Thursday and Friday.

Hosted by: Tennessee Valley Authority

Registration

Registration opens in early February, and the deadline to register is April 10, 2018.

  • $175: Register by March 19, 2018, to qualify for the discounted early registration fee
  • $215: Registration fee after March 19, 2018

To foster open exchange of information with attendees, it is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives.

Agenda

Agenda will be posted in February.

Location

The 2018 Spring FUPWG Seminar will be held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hotel Reservations

Sheraton Music City Hotel
777 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN, 37214

FUPWG Seminar Rate: $170.00 for both Federal and Non-Federal attendees. Reserve today.

FEMP encourages you to reserve your room as soon as possible as these special rates will not be available after the block is full. Reference TVA FUPWG to receive the group rate. The hotel reservation cut-off date is Monday, March 26, 2018.

Please note: An early departure fee of one night’s room and tax will be charged to you if you check out prior to your confirmed check-out date.

Transportation and Directions

Options for getting to and from the hotel include the following:

Hotel Shuttle

  • Fee: Complimentary
  • Hours of operation: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
  • Contact: 615-885-2200
  • From baggage claim, proceed to the pickup area located one level down at ground transportation. Contact the hotel directly to request pickup information.

Taxi

  • Fee: $10 to $15: This is an estimated charge and is subject to change. Fees are not guaranteed by the hotel.
  • Travel time: 10 minutes

Related Information

Advanced Utility Energy Service Contract Training
Tuesday, April 17, through Wednesday, April 18

FEMP is helping agencies improve facility operations, upgrade infrastructure, and save taxpayer dollars by offering training and partnership opportunities with their serving utilities that explore contracting options available, including UESCs. A UESC, ideal for any size project, is a limited-source contract between a Federal agency and serving utility for energy management and demand-reduction services. This two-day advanced UESC training examines strategies and methods used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams from project development to contract award and post-acceptance. Attendees will work through exercises designed to develop a project using templates and samples.

This training is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and there is no registration fee to attend. CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of an online quiz following the workshop. Priority registration will be given to contracting officers, contracting specialists, and other federal employees. Attendees from private industry will be admitted as space allows (one per company). Register for this training.

FUPWG Forum
Wednesday, April 18 (4:15 p.m. to 5:15p.m.)

The FUPWG Forum is designed to provide a venue for individual sharing of information on topics relating to FUPWG and the FUPWG Seminar. All FUPWG attendees are welcome. 

Energy Lawyers and Contracting Officers Forum
Friday, April 20 (12:45 p.m. to 2:15p.m.)

This meeting is open to all FUPWG attendees with an interest in federal energy projects. The agenda is designed to provide an opportunity for an open exchange of information and discussion.

About the FUPWG Seminar and the FUPWG Seminar Code of Conduct

Initiated in 1994, the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group establishes partnerships and facilitates communications among federal agencies, utilities, and energy service companies. All seminar attendees are required to honor the FUPWG Seminar guidelines. Hospitality and social functions (on- and off-site) are strictly prohibited from conflicting with the timing of FUPWG Seminar activities listed in the schedule of events. Aggressive sales techniques are to be avoided while attending the FUPWG Seminar. Signs and flyers may not be displayed or distributed in the meeting or guestroom areas of the hotel reserved for FUPWG Seminar participants.

For more information, visit the FEMP website or contact Susan Courtney, 703-832-2456.

This webinar features experienced energy savings performance contract (ESPC) team members in a live question-and-answer period following a live or prerecorded webinar. Session 4 continues the successful Just in Time webinar series to help Federal agencies with specific areas of the ESPC process.

This session is intended for agency ESPC acquisition teams or individuals who are responsible and focused on transitioning agency resources into the contract administration phase of the project after task order award. The webinar will focus on best practices for common issues during the implementation/construction period.

Federal ESPC projects can present challenges during the implementation/construction period. Previous guidance for this ESPC project phase has paralleled conventional design-bid-build construction projects. But differences do exist:

  • There is an energy service company (ESCO) in the middle of the process, who must develop a firm fixed-price proposal based on the 30% to 60% design stage
  • The site may be managed by Federal employees or a management and operating contractor
  • Projects vary by size and complexity—from straightforward replacement projects (such as simple lighting upgrades) to new construction of cutting-edge technology (such as a combined heat and power plant)
  • Projects carry potential for cost, schedule, and scope exceedances which can affect the business case for these projects, particularly payback period and contract term
  • Construction execution issues can negatively affect the long-term energy and maintenance savings of these measures.

This webinar will provide agencies with lessons learned and best practices for implementing EPSCs with large design and construction efforts to help reduce agency risk associated with schedule slippage, scope changes, and other critical issues during this phase of the ESPC process.

After attending this webinar and successfully completing a quiz and evaluation, attendees will earn 0.3 continuing education units.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, learners will be familiar with examples of critical issues during the implementation/construction period, including:

  • Government witnessing of energy conservation measures (ECMs) installation and performance testing and related data collection in support of the measurement and verification plan (included in ESCO proposal at award)
  • Government ECM functional performance tests in commissioning to ensure that installed ECMs undergo test procedures and meet the commissioning plan design intent (included in design and construction plans)
  • Level of resources committed to participating in ESCO periodic meetings updating construction schedule (previous month and planned month construction activity)
  • Notification of contracting officer of deviations of installed ECMs and delays.

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Held at the University of California Irvine (UCI) in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, this workshop will include updated information about UCI’s Smart Labs Program and focus on topics that are important to workshop participants.

Intended for laboratory building owners and their teams (including facility operation staff, energy managers, safety managers, upper management staff, laboratory users and researchers, and engineers), this workshop offers participants the chance to experience firsthand the day-to-day operations of UCI’s Smart Labs Program.

The programmatic approach to designing, operating, and maintaining safe and efficient laboratories is continuously being improved. What started as a series of retrofits and dashboards in 2008 has become a platform for environmental health and safety and facilities management to cohesively manage complex space 10 years later. A 50% reduction in lighting and HVAC energy, longer equipment life, quieter lab zones, and fewer hot and cold calls are the tangible results that pay for the program.

Smart Labs goes beyond energy retrofits, consisting of the classification of buildings and lab space, understanding the effectiveness of dilution ventilation, tuning the systems, and ensuring the systems are functioning properly, Smart Labs is comprehensive in its approach to laboratory management.

During this workshop, UCI and its partners will cover what they have done, who does what, how they do it, and lay out a framework for you to adapt for your organization.

Planning Your Trip to UCI

There are three major airports near UCI. All airports offer ground transportation.

The following hotels provide lodging and shuttle service from John Wayne Airport and to UCI. Schedule your reservation before you travel to confirm availability and rates. When making your reservation, be sure to let the hotel know that you are visiting UCI and request the UCI-negotiated rate.

Find additional UCI-negotiated hotels close to campus.

The Energy Exchange is the Federal Energy Management Program's flagship event that brings together subject matter experts from a wide range of technical disciplines to share their knowledge of government best practices with the federal energy management community. From the opening keynote to the closing session, the Energy Exchange actively supports the development of federal energy efficiency champions by offering a comprehensive selection of training sessions and a technology-focused trade show.

Learn more about the 2018 Energy Exchange.

The Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) meets twice per year to share success stories, information about Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) activities, and other business. 

Southern California Edison

Registration

Register for the seminar.

  • $175: Register by October 25, 2017, to qualify for the discounted early registration fee.
  • $225: Registration fee after October 25, 2017.

It is recommended that companies limit attendance to three representatives.

Agenda

Download the agenda.

Location

The 2017 Fall FUPWG Seminar will be held at the Doubletree Ontario Airport.

Hotel Reservations

Doubletree Ontario Airport
222 N. Vineyard Ave.
Ontario, CA 91764

Non-Government Rate: $169
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Government Per-Diem Rate: $92
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Per-diem rooms are blocked for Federal employees only and government IDs will be required at check in for attendees reserving room in the government block. We encourage you to reserve your room as soon as possible; these special rates will not be available after the block is full. Reference Federal Utility Partnership Working Group to receive the group rate. The hotel reservation deadline is October 14, 2017.

Transportation and Directions

Airport shuttle serving Los Angeles/Ontario International Airport pick-up: call 909-937-0900. Visit the hotel website for additional details.

About FUPWG and FUPWG Code of Conduct

FUPWG, initiated in 1994, establishes partnerships and facilitates communications among Federal agencies, utilities, and energy service companies. All seminar attendees are required to honor the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar guidelines. Hospitality/social functions (on and off site) are strictly prohibited from conflicting with the timing of FUPWG Seminar activities listed in the schedule of events. Aggressive sales techniques are to be avoided while attending the seminar. Signs and flyers may not be displayed or distributed in the meeting or guestroom areas of the hotel reserved for FUPWG Seminar participants.

For more information, visit the FUPWG website or contact Susan Courtney, 703-832-2456.

This pre-Energy Exchange workshop (FWS#10) is designed to assist participants in moving beyond individual models of behavior change toward creating organizational change to achieve sustainability goals and maintain these achievements over time. The Federal Energy Management Program’s (FEMP) five-step framework for organizational change walks program designers through developing and implementing an action plan that is based in organizational change theory. Participants will work together to apply the framework to realistic scenarios and learn how to improve the effectiveness of action plans using eight social science-based principles.

Learning Objectives

  • Become familiar with theories of behavior and organizational change
  • Learn how to use FEMP’s five-step framework for organizational change
  • Be able to diagnose the organizational context (roles, rules, and tools) and use these findings in designing action plans
  • Identify strategies to increase the effectiveness of sustainability efforts by incorporating eight social science-based principles.

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This pre-Energy Exchange workshop (FWS#9) is an opportunity for agencies to learn in detail and ask questions and share ideas about achieving the 2016 Federal Guiding Principles for New Construction and Modernization and Existing Buildings. At the conclusion of this course, learners will be familiar with:

  • The broader policy and reporting framework
  • Key changes from the previous 2008 Guiding Principles
  • The elements and sub-elements of each Guiding Principle metric
  • Documentation examples and strategies
  • Frequently asked questions and common scenarios
  • The relationship to 3rd party certifications.

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This pre-Energy Exchange workshop (FWS#7) will offer an introduction to energy efficiency in data centers, explain why data center energy use is a concern, and identify key federal requirements related to data centers. In addition, this workshop will:

  • Define key data center energy-performance metrics
  • Explain standards for monitoring, analytics, and reporting
  • Offer best practices for data center energy efficiency
  • Explain the need to integrate acquisition, information technology, and facilities to optimize energy performance.

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This pre-Energy Exchange workshop (FWS#6) will provide agencies and energy service companies (ESCOs) with insights into the Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) ENABLE program by addressing the following learning objectives:

  • Educate participants on the procurement process
  • Assist participants in how to identify eligible energy conservation measures and recognize the opportunity for hybrid projects
  • Educate participants in how to identify opportunities for Energy Sales Agreements for renewable energy projects
  • Inform participants of considerations associated with favorable project financing.

The workshop will include speakers from the ESPC ENABLE team, the General Services Administration, and agencies and ESCOs who have been involved with the ENABLE program.

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This pre-Energy Exchange workshop (FWS#5) will provide information and best practices on cost-saving opportunities resulting from demand response and site-based load management. These cost-saving strategies are largely underutilized by the Federal government and allow up to a 10% savings on energy bills. 

This workshop will:

  • Cover common approaches such as participation in conventional demand response programs offered by both ISOs/regional transmission organizations and fully regulated utilities
  • Include load management strategies using conventional utility tariffs or dynamic pricing
  • Offer a brief overview of the strategies, methods and best practices used by experienced facility managers
  • Explain ways in which federal sites have been able to obtain—and retain (for their own use)—t hese savings, including federal-specific procurement mechanisms
  • Make the argument that this largely "unturned stone" of Federal cost savings is almost always available, in one form or another, to any federal facility with a peak load of roughly 500 kW or more.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what demand response is, in its broadest sense
  • Realize the multitudes of ways in which DR can be conducted
  • Recognize the potential for DR at your own site(s), at least largely, and know what research needs to be done to make a fully informed participation choice

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