In this track, attendees will learn how Federal installations and utilities are working together to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and achieve resiliency in operations. Explore the sessions below:
Maximizing Utilities Privatization Contract Benefits
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Description: A panel of federal and industry experts will discuss successes and failures related to utilities privatization (UP) initiatives and answer your questions about UP.
Microgrids and Smartgrid Applications
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: Learn best practices from industry experts related to microgrids/smart grids that can be applied cost effectively to federal installations.
Engaging Your Utility Partner
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Description: Learn the right questions to ask to get to the right person at the utility to support your needs. Whether you need insights on potential incentives/rebates, new service requests, utility energy service contract support, outages, etc., this panel can provide advice on how to find the right person. The audience will have a chance to ask questions and relay their own experiences of trying to talk to the right person at the utilities.
Campus Utility Distribution Systems
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 8:30am – 10:00am
Description: Learn how to save energy in a campus environment and determine whether to decentralize. Learn the benefits of central chilled water and steam systems and the potential savings from thermal energy storage and combined heat and power systems. Learn the benefits of central chilled water and steam systems, potential savings from insulation and trap monitoring, and potential savings from thermal energy storage.
Utility as a Service
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Description: Discuss and learn about an emerging acquisition model to consolidate multiple contract authorities into a single contract action to acquire long-term energy and utility services. This energy/utility as a service would include the operation and maintenance of an installation energy infrastructure (production and distribution assets) and the implementation and integration of renewables, energy conservation measures, microgrids, and storage to achieve better long-term energy reliability and resilience.
Connecting to the Utility Grid
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: Panelists provide the dos, don’ts, and lessons learned from connecting distributed generation to the grid (key system design components, interconnect agreements, etc.) from each stakeholder in these types of transactions.
The Future of Utility Procurement
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Description: With deregulation coming and going throughout the country, the options for utility procurement are not always clear. This session will examine re-regulating, utility as a service, tailored utility grids, and self-generation.
Federal Utility Partnerships Part 1: What the Government Needs from the Utility
Date: Thursday, August 17, 8:30am – 9:30am
Description: This is a panel of key federal leaders (the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration, etc.) who will discuss their needs from utilities, including what has worked and where disconnects exist. Sub-topics include the utility community capacity to assist the government with utility project management, utility-driven management fees, energy policy, tariff implications, and incentives capable of providing energy savings solutions. There will be an extensive question-and-answer session at the end.
Federal Utility Partnerships Part 2: What the Utility Needs from the Government
Date: Thursday, August 17, 9:45am – 11:15am
Description: This is a panel of key utility leaders who will discuss key areas where they need help from federal facilities/leaders. This discussion will include what has worked and where disconnects exist. There will be an extensive question-and-answer session at the end. Sub-topics include contracting officer utility energy service contract understanding, experience, and availability; project coordination and engineering understanding; “buy-in” of local agency energy/facility management to the headquarters’/contracting office’s needs; identification of a very specific decision-making process and decision makers; and how project-specific points of contact can simplify communication and prevent scope creep.