FDA and NIH Projects Highlighted in New ESPC and UESC Videos

April 11, 2008

Photo of FDA White Oak Campus.
FDA White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD

The Federal Energy Management Program has released two new Web-based videos that feature successful examples of public-private partnerships for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades of Federal facilities. The videos focus on Super Energy Savings Performance Contracts (Super ESPCs) and Utility Energy Services Contracts (UESCs), two rapidly accelerating contracting mechanisms that allow the government to benefit from private sector investment in capital-intensive energy improvements paid for by the resulting energy savings.

Each video is divided into six distinct modules that focus on different aspects of the alternative financing process, from contract planning and award negotiation to project implementation and measurement and verification of results.

Photo of National Institutes of Health.
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

One video demonstrates a model Super ESPC construction project. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiated a $890 million General Services Administration construction project at the site of its new headquarters—a 1940s-era Navy efficiency measures and solar energy financed by private-sector base in White Oak, Maryland. Using a wide range of energy dollars, it has led to one of the government's largest Super ESPC projects. Learn how you can apply the FDA's energy management performance model to your Federal agency's construction or building renovation project by watching the video modules on FEMP's Web site at www.eere.energy.gov/femp/financing/superespcs_fda.html.

In another video, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) showcases UESCs. NIH estimates that it has saved at least $5 million annually in energy costs at its main campus in Bethesda, Maryland—the world's largest medical research facility. By drawing on resources offered by its local gas and electric utilities, the dollar savings allow more agency funds to be spent directly on medical research. Find out how your Federal facility can also benefit from a UESC by visiting www.eere.energy.gov/femp/financing/uescs_nih.html to watch the video.

In addition to viewing the videos on FEMP's Web site, limited copies are also available on DVD by calling the EERE Information Center at 1-877-337-3463.