Federal Energy Management Program


As the largest single consumer of energy in the United States, the Federal government has both a tremendous opportunity along with a clear responsibility to lead by example with smart energy management. Energy management is one of the most challenging tasks facing today today's Federal facility manager given his array of responsibilities, changing mission requirements, and legislated and executive-ordered energy savings goals. Chartered in 1973, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) works to reduce the cost and environmental impact of the Federal government by advancing energy efficiency and water conservation, promoting the use of distributed and renewable energy, and improving utility management decisions at Federal sites. FEMP helps agencies find innovative solutions to their energy challenges, address their range of energy management responsibilities, and provide training and outreach materials to help establish or enhance their individual energy management program.

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has supported FEMP since the early 1980s by providing technological resources to ensure that key FEMP activities (Project Financing, Technical Guidance and Assistance, and Planning, Reporting and Evaluations) are completed in a timely and cost-effective manner. PNNL also actively transfers skills, knowledge, and solutions of energy management and resource utilization activities gained through working directly with agencies, foreign governments, or other DOE offices so that information can be shared with all agencies.

Through research conducted for the DOE Office of Building Technologies, PNNL is a establish leader in the area of automated diagnostics for building application, development of intelligent building systems, and development of advanced micro-scale HVAC technologies. This experience was utilized in the development of the ALERT protocols to quickly identify no-cost/low-cost energy savings opportunities at Federal sites as well as providing leadership of FEMP activities in the area of Operations & Maintenance, the FEMP Technical Transfer Initiative, New Technology Demonstrations, and providing direct technical assistance for specific agency projects.

PNNL research staff that support FEMP also work closely with the Laboratory Facility and Operations staff to provide expertise in the implementation of new and emerging energy efficiency technologies as part of laboratory operations and provide technical support regarding renewable power purchases. This allows the Laboratory to meet mandated energy reduction goals.

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Review: August 2011