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In this Energy Exchange pre-conference workshop, Steve Greenberg and Dale Sartor, authors of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s “Small Data Center Energy Savings Guide,” will provide actionable guidance to save energy in small data centers. Small data centers (under 5,000 square feet of computer floor) are especially important because, while they house more than half of all servers (Shehabi et. al. 2016), they tend to have only fair energy management.

During this workshop, participants will learn about low-cost energy efficiency opportunities, acquire knowledge about free tools and resources to help achieve energy savings, learn about training opportunities, and more.

This workshop is particularly relevant to federal data centers implementing the Office of Management and Budget’s Data Center Optimization Initiative.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • Small data center energy saving best practices.
  • Available tools and resources for helping to save energy in a small data center.
  • The federal mandates regarding small and all data centers.

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Facility-related control systems (FRCS) help assure building comfort, safety, and efficiency but are vulnerable to a cyber attack, which could impact the performance of these systems and be used as a vector into other government information technology systems. Recent legislation and executive orders require assessments of these systems and plans to improve their defenses.

This Energy Exchange pre-conference workshop will provide an overview of control systems, identify potential cyber risks, review assessment processes, and introduce new tools to help ensure that these systems provide high performance and are cyber secure. In addition, it will also establish a baseline definition of systems and risks, then demonstrate the process needed to develop an assessment and a plan to protect key FRCS.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Be able to develop a baseline definition of facility control systems architecture, technologies, and terminology
  • Gain an understanding of the types and risks of cyber attacks
  • Understand the processes available to assess a system for cyber risk
  • Learn how to utilize tools to assess their FRCS security
  • Gain an understanding of how to plan and implement improvements to control systems for cyber resilience.

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This Energy Exchange pre-conference workshop will provide information and best practices about cost saving opportunities from demand response and site-based load management. These cost-saving strategies are largely underutilized by the federal government and can often save 10% or more on a site’s electricity bill.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Understand what demand response is in the broadest sense
  • Realize the multitudes of ways in which demand response and load management can be conducted
  • Recognize the potential for demand response and load management at your own sites and know what research needs to be done to make a fully informed participation choice.

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The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) can assist agencies with disaster recovery (e.g., hurricanes, forest fires). In particular, ESPC ENABLE provides turnkey design, installation, financing services with short implementation periods, while ESPCs can also be useful if actively managed.

With no up-front funding required, project planning and development can get underway despite the uncertainty surrounding the prospects for disaster-relief appropriations. When provided, they allow for resilience and security of supply and microgrid features that may not produce significant savings in and of themselves but are important for allowing sites to operate independently of the grid and prevent future outages. Combined with renewable energy and energy efficiency features, affected sites can often be made operational and resilient in less than a year.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the potential impacts of natural disasters on federal facilities
  • Understand the role of energy conservation measures in responding to disasters
  • Assess the suitability of ESPC ENABLE and ESPCs to implement responsive projects
  • Learn about examples of projects undertaken in response to disasters
  • Become familiar with applicable FEMP tools and services.

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Interest rates can represent a significant percentage of total energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project costs and can vary widely among ESPC projects. With interest rates rising from recent lows, these projects are becoming even more significant. The projects appear to be low risk, so many agencies lack a good understanding of the factors that can lead to interest rate variations amongst different project types and energy service companies (ESCOs). In this workshop, leading financiers will inform agencies about the factors affecting project interest rates related to specific project types.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Sources of project financing and associated considerations
  • Determinants of interest rate spreads (above market index)
  • Impacts on interest rate spreads related to project size; energy conservation measurements, measurement and verification, and ESCO characteristics
  • Feasibility of proactively addressing financing considerations in structuring notice of opportunities and selecting ESCOs
  • Structuring financier bidding to help obtain lowest possible interest rate spreads
  • Agency payment issues
  • Other agency task order finance concerns.

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50001 Ready is a no cost, self-guided approach to tracking and managing energy use and improving energy efficiency in your facility, campus, or base. Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, 50001 Ready is designed to complement and help satisfy a federal facility’s or federal agency’s energy-related requirements. Many agencies will find that they are already doing many of the 50001 Ready steps.

This Energy Exchange pre-workshop will discuss the benefits of an ISO 50001 energy management system standard, which 50001 Ready is built upon. Additionally, it will introduce the 50001 Ready Navigator tool and give hands-on instruction to kick-start your facility’s adoption of 50001 Ready.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Gain an understanding of the 50001 Ready program
  • Learn the benefits of 50001 Ready implementation
  • Learn what tools are available to support 50001 Ready, such as the 50001 Ready Navigator
  • Learn how the 50001 Ready EnMS supports meeting federal energy-related mandates
  • Know how to get one-on-one help with implementing the EnMS at their facility.

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This Energy Exchange pre-workshop discusses everything you need to know to manage motor vehicle fleets.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will understand:

  • Policies and procedures for managing a federal motor vehicle fleet, including how to manage a mix of leased and owned vehicles
  • Risk management principles and how they apply to the federal fleets
  • Legal compliance and reporting requirements for owning, leasing, or renting motor vehicles in the federal government
  • The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requirements, including acquiring vehicles and alternative compliance methods.

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This Energy Exchange pre-workshop offers an opportunity for agencies to learn details, ask questions, and share ideas about achieving the 2016 federal Guiding Principles (GPs) for new construction and modernization and existing buildings.

This workshop will cover GP-related policy and reporting framework, related third-party certifications, GP metrics, lessons learned, best practices, and agency examples.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will understand:

  • The broad GP policy and reporting framework
  • The elements and sub elements of each GP metric
  • The GP’s relationship to third-party certifications and standards such as LEED, Green Globes, and ASHRAE Standard 189.1
  • Documentation examples and strategies to achieve the GP
  • Best practices and lessons learned.

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This Energy Exchange pre-workshop provides an overview of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Resilience Planning Guidance System as well as offer practical steps from planning through execution of energy and water resilience projects at your site.

Instruction, along with real-world, interactive exercises, will be used to walk attendees through the process and address key resilience topics. Participants will be encouraged to share their feedback on the FEMP’s recommended approach and available resources and to identify additional needs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Establish a shared understanding of energy and water resilience (and its benefits) in the federal sector
  • Learn practical steps to establish and enhance energy and water resilience at the site level
  • Learn about available resources
  • Broaden your network for support.

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This Energy Exchange pre-workshop provides a brief overview of the strategies, methods, and best practices used by experienced contracting officers and their technical teams—from project development to contract award and post-acceptance.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the basis of the UESC authority as a tool for achieving energy and cost savings at federal facilities
  • Identify the Federal Acquisition Regulation part that addresses acquisition of utility services
  • Describe the resources the Federal Energy Management Program makes available to help agencies implement successful UESC projects
  • Describe the purpose and content of the initial project scope developed by the agency
  • Understand methods and strategies to develop and implement successful UESC projects
  • Explain best practices for a successful UESC.

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