This track will enlighten and inspire attendees about the value of performance and alternative contracting mechanisms. Learn from experienced professionals about how to develop and implement your energy and infrastructure project. Explore the sessions below:
Selecting a Contracting Vehicle
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Description: This session will outline the different options for performance/alternative contracting. Speakers will outline the advantages and limitations of each, and compare and contrast the options to enable the attendees to take the first step and identify the path that best fits their need. The session will overview options such as energy savings performance contracts, utility energy service contracts, energy service agreements, power purchase agreements, enhanced use leases, and the streamlined ENABLE path. Hear first-hand from agency contract vehicle decision-makers.
Pillars of the Performance Contracting Process
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: This session will outline the key process steps for developing a project and then dive into key topic areas associated with these types of contracts. An expert panel will address project foundational topic areas such as measurement and verification (M&V), witnessing, the value of centralized contracting, leveraging appropriations, life of a contract, and other areas where success is critical to ensuring the best value and enduring project performance.
Savings Validation in Performance Contracts
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Description: This session examines how measurement and verification (M&V) and performance verification factor into the energy performance contracting process to ensure that the savings used to underwrite a project are realized. It will cover how to address the various elements of risk inherent in an energy project, considerations for determining the protocols to use in a project, and the responsibilities of both parties—the government and energy service company/utility—in the execution of the savings validation effort.
Alternative Contracting Tools and Resources
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 8:30am – 10:00am
Description: This session will overview key tools available to project builders for performance and alternative contracts and how agencies can leverage them to develop better and more successful projects. The overviews will include tools such as eProject Builder, the Energy Services Agreement Toolkit, the ENABLE Investment Grade Audit tool, the energy service company Selector Tool and the Energy Escalation Rate Calculator.
Underutilized Technologies in Performance Contracting
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Description: During this session, federal representatives will discuss their experiences applying alternative financing to achieve specific goals. Featured case studies will include projects with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Department of Defense. Attendees will gain insight concerning successful development and management practices for implementing alternative financed projects.
Private Sector Perspectives on Alternative Contracts
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: Join the discussion with an interactive forum of industry professionals directly involved with alternative contract vehicles and third-party financing. Panelists from energy services companies, utilities, and financiers will discuss the role of alternative contracts in developing and implementing energy projects. The discussion will include lessons learned, innovative approaches, and best practices associated with different contract mechanisms, including energy savings performance contracts, utility energy service contracts, energy service agreements, power purchase agreements, and enhanced use leases. Bring your questions and topics for discussion.
Government Perspectives on Alternative Contracts
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Description: Legal and contracting issues are important drivers in the development and implementation of federal energy projects. Join this session with contracting officers and energy lawyers to discuss cutting-edge issues and lessons learned in delivery infrastructure projects pursuant to a variety of federal alternative contract mechanisms utilized to implement partnerships—including energy savings performance contracts, utility energy service contracts, energy service agreements, power purchase agreements, and utilities privatization. Bring your questions, issues, and ideas and join the discussion.
Financing Distributed Energy
Date: Thursday, August 17, 8:30am – 9:30am
Description: Distributed generation systems (such as combined heat and power, wind turbines, solar facilities, energy storage, and fuel cells) can be an important component of energy infrastructure for federal agencies. Discover the alternative contracting mechanisms that are available and best suited to develop, implement, and finance such projects. Explore the challenges, lessons learned, and best practices from experts involved in distributed energy projects at federal installations.
Financing Energy Resilience and Security
Date: Thursday, August 17, 9:45am – 11:15am
Description: This session explores one of the more challenging concerns facing the military services and many federal civilian agencies: how to ensure energy/utilities support for mission-critical facilities. The session will examine how these facilities are identified, how reliability of the utilities supporting these facilities is assessed, making the best use of assets currently available, and interactions with the grid/utility providers. It will also address strategies to provide funding for energy reliability enhancements identified for these facilities.