Greetings from FEMP's Program Manager: Scott Richlen

April 11, 2008

Photo of Scott Richlen, Acting Program Manager of FEMP.
Scott Richlen, Acting Program Manager of FEMP.

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to introduce myself as the new Acting Program Manager of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). In my short time with FEMP, I have been impressed by Federal agencies' successes in energy management and their strong motivation to do their part in making America more energy efficient. It is an honor for FEMP to facilitate this through its leadership, technical support, communications, and reporting activities in service to the Federal energy community.

This issue of the FEMP Focus highlights many of the Federal government's impressive accomplishments in energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. From DOE's "Transformational Energy Action Management" (TEAM) Initiative to GSA's Achievements in Denver, Government agencies are working hard to reduce the Federal energy bill and increase the use of renewable energy. Also in this issue of FEMP Focus, you will find information on training sessions, Web casts, Webinars, and videos that FEMP offers. Other articles illustrate how FEMP serves the Federal energy community. A case study of Patrick Air Force Base identifies best practices. We also include articles that cover renewable energy guidance and the Energy Independence and Security Act. These will help educate Focus' readers about legislative issues.

The year 2007 was an important one for the Federal energy community. Last summer brought another successful GovEnergy conference along with Secretary Bodman's announcement of the DOE TEAM Initiative. The year ended with a new energy bill, the Energy Independence and Security Act, which presents new challenges and opportunities for FEMP and others interested in Federal energy management. The Federal energy community's response to these and other new challenges has been impressive thus far, and FEMP is currently redesigning its products, its processes, and itself to better serve you in meeting these opportunities.

With your help, 2008 will build on the momentum of past years to further reduce the Federal government's reliance on nonrenewable energy sources. With new Federal requirements and ever higher goals in mind, FEMP is working to improve its role as a customer service organization to better serve innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and Government employees such as you.

Scott Richlen
Acting Program Manager of FEMP