Federal Energy Management Program

Program Areas

Federal Energy Management Program

The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is to reduce the cost of 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 relies on Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and other national labs to carry out its programs and provide expert assistance to federal agencies working to reduce their energy use and costs. The ORNL team plays prominent roles in FEMP's programs focused on:

  • technical assistance;
  • project financing;
  • energy security;
  • industrial facilities;
  • combined cooling, heat & power
  • geothermal heat pumps (GHPs);
  • metering prioritization,
  • training/outreach and
  • energy benchmarking.

Sample Results
ORNL analysis of FEMP Super ESPC program data show that interest premiums over index rates for Super ESPC projects (the component of the total interest rate that can be competed) have fallen to half of what they were before the ORNL- spearheaded reforms were implemented that require competition in ESPC financing.

An independent and objective 3rd party review by ORNL of a Florida Power and Light UESC proposal was instrumental in NASA Kennedy Space Center’s decision to move forward with an energy savings project that will save the federal government over $820,000 annually. The project de-couples 12 facilities from an inefficient central plant by installing 29 individual boilers and 6 water heaters sized to meet the space heating, dehumidification and water heating needs of the facilities where they are located. Additional benefits to NASA will come from the replacement and abandonment of deteriorated or failed infrastructure and the associated reduction in maintenance requirements, reduction to mission risk, avoided future capital outlays and improved safety.

ORNL has provided customized energy savings performance contract (ESPC) training for individual sites within a number of agencies including Air Force, General Services Administration, Army, Center for Disease Control, Department of Energy and others. These customized training sessions are designed to help federal site personnel unfamiliar with the ESPC process—including those with engineering as well as procurement responsibilities—get their concerns addressed before launching one of these multi-million dollar energy saving projects at their site.

These fact sheets highlight key areas of technical expertise ORNL brings to bear to support FEMP: