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Developing Renewable Energy Projects Larger Than 10 MWs at Federal Facilities (Book)

Description: To accomplish Federal goals for renewable energy, sustainability, and energy security, large-scale renewable energy projects must be developed and constructed on Federal sites at a significant scale with significant private investment. The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) helps Federal agencies meet these goals and assists agency personnel navigate the complexities of developing such projects and attract the necessary private capital to complete them. This guide is intended to provide a general resource that will begin to develop the Federal employee's awareness and understanding of the project developer's operating environment and the private sector's awareness and understanding of the Federal environment. Because the vast majority of the investment that is required to meet the goals for large-scale renewable energy projects will come from the private sector, this guide has been organized to match Federal processes with typical phases of commercial project development. The main purpose of this guide is to provide a project development framework to allow the Federal Government, private developers, and investors to work in a coordinated fashion on large-scale renewable energy projects. The framework includes key elements that describe a successful, financially attractive large-scale renewable energy project.
Date: March 1, 2013
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Initial Application of the FEMP Measurement and Verification Guidelines in Super ESPC Delivery Orders: Final Report; May 2000

Description: Schiller Associates examined the measurement and verification (M and V) plans and activities for seven Western Region Super Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) projects to learn how federal agencies are implementing M and V and what factors influence M and V plan development. This report describes the method used to examine the M and V plans and presents the findings. The goals were to find common factors that influenced M and V plan development and implementation, assess risks to the agency as a result of particular M and V plans, and develop recommendations for improving M and V plan development and implementation. Participating agencies and sites were: (1) National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, CA; (2) Veterans Affairs, VA Medical Center, San Francisco, CA; (3) US Forest Service, USFS Laboratory, Corvallis, OR; (4) Federal Aviation Administration, ATRCC, Auburn, WA; (5) US Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center, Monterey, CA; (6) US Coast Guard, Coast Guard Station, Alameda, CA; and (7) US Navy, Pt. Mugu, Oxnard, CA.
Date: September 5, 2000
Creator: Jump, D. & Stetz, M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Super Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Program Overview (revision)

Description: This four-page publication describes the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) streamlined energy savings performance contracting, or ''Super ESPC,'' process, which is managed by DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Under a Super ESPC, a qualifying energy service company (ESCO) from the private sector pays for energy efficiency improvements or advanced renewable energy technologies (e.g., photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, or geothermal heat pumps, among others) for a facility of a government agency. The ESCO is then repaid over time from the agency's resulting energy cost savings. Delivery orders under these contracts specify the level of performance (energy savings) and the repayment schedule; the contract term can be up to 25 years, although many Super ESPCs are for about 10 years or less.
Date: July 5, 2001
Creator: Pitchford, P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

FEMP case study: Regional super ESPC saves energy and dollars at NASA Johnson Space Center

Description: This case study describes the new energy-efficient equipment being installed at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to save nearly $2 million per year in energy and utility costs. The work is being done under a delivery order by Honeywell, Inc., as part of a US Department of Energy ``super'' regional energy savings performance contract, or Super ESPC. These are streamlined contracts that allow Federal agencies to contract with competitively selected energy service companies in their region for a variety of energy- and water-efficient products and services. The service companies pay up-front capital costs and are reimbursed with part of the agency's utility cost savings. In this work, NASA Johnson Space Center will get new energy-efficient lighting and compressed-air systems, water-conserving fixtures, and improved controls.
Date: October 5, 1999
Creator: Pitchford, P. & Dominick, J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Inspection and Short-Term Measurement of a National Park Service Photovoltaic/Fuel Cell Remote Hybrid Power System at Kirby Cove, California: Preprint

Description: This paper reports short-term performance measurements of a hybrid photovoltaic/fuel cell power supply system at Kirby Cove Campground, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California. The system operated reliably for two years from June 1999 to June 2001. A combination of solar power and power from the fuel cell supplied the campground host power load. In 2001, reports of power outages prompted an investigation. Data are reported for 13.5 days from September 2 to September 15, 2001. Over this time, the photovoltaic array delivered 42.82 kWh, the fuel cell delivered 1.34 kWh, and the net energy from the battery was 6.82 kWh. Photovoltaic efficiency was measured at 8.9%, and fuel cell efficiency at 42%, a typical value. But fuel cell power output was only 35 W, not 250 W, the rated power. Replacing a burnt fuse restored fuel cell power to 125 W, but several cells had low voltage, so the fuel cell was removed for repair or replacement. After the fuel cell failed, loads exceeding the solar capability discharged the batteries; the total for the eight power outages was 48 hours. This paper describes the system's daily operation, presents performance indicators, identifies some causes of performance degradation, and recommends improvements.
Date: February 1, 2002
Creator: Walker, A.; Barker, G.; Christensen, J. & Rawlings, L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Federal Energy Efficiency through Utility Partnerships: Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Program Overview Fact Sheet

Description: This Utility Program Overview describes how the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) utility program assists Federal energy managers. The document identifies both a utility financing mechanism and FEMP technical assistance available to support agencies' implementation of energy and water efficiency methods and renewable energy projects.
Date: July 30, 2001
Creator: Beattie, D. & Wolfson, M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Laboratories for the 21st Century: Best Practices; Modeling Exhaust Dispersion for Specifying Acceptable Exhaust/Intake Design (Brochure)

Description: This guide provides general information on specifying acceptable exhaust and intake designs. It also provides various quantitative approaches that can be used to determine expected concentration levels resulting from exhaust system emissions. In addition, the guide describes methodologies that can be employed to operate laboratory exhaust systems in a safe and energy efficient manner by using variable air volume (VAV) technology. The guide, one in a series on best practices for laboratories, was produced by Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21), a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Geared toward architects, engineers, and facility managers, the guides contain information about technologies and practices to use in designing, constructing, and operating safe, sustainable, high-performance laboratories. Studies show a direct relationship between indoor air quality and the health and productivity of building occupants. Historically, the study and protection of indoor air quality focused on emission sources emanating from within the building. For example, to ensure that the worker is not exposed to toxic chemicals, 'as manufactured' and 'as installed' containment specifications are required for fume hoods. However, emissions from external sources, which may be re-ingested into the building through closed circuiting between the building's exhaust stacks and air intakes, are an often overlooked aspect of indoor air quality.
Date: September 1, 2011
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

FEMP program overview

Description: The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), part of the U.S. Department of Energy, helps agencies reduce their costs, increase energy efficiency, use renewable energy, and conserve water.
Date: July 1, 1999
Creator: Epstein, K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department