This Energy Exchange pre-workshop will provide 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.
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.
- Tracy (Logan) Niro, Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program. Read Bio.
Tracy (Logan) Niro is the Utility Partnerships Program manager and Federal Utility Partnership Working Group chair at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program. Tracy also advises the Distributed Energy and Energy Procurement program and oversees utility acquisitions at DOE. Tracy was a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow and was awarded the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Climate Change and Clean Energy to Australia in 2013. Tracy’s career in energy began as a staff accountant for an investor-owned utility. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. Close Bio
- Karen Thomas, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Read Bio.
Karen Thomas serves as the national laboratory lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program’s (FEMP) utility energy services contracting team. She also provides technical support to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for Federal agencies and utilities (nationwide) to implement energy- and dollar-saving projects in Federal facilities. Karen is the lead instructor for FEMP’s utility energy services contracting workshops and provides technical support to Federal acquisition teams. An additional aspect of her lead role is growing the number of utilities providing UESCs through strategic partnership building with key utilities and leveraging private sector investment (approximately $200 million annually) in Federal energy projects. Karen serves on the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Steering Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Morgan State University and pursued graduate studies in Howard University’s MBA Program. Close Bio