FEMP Offers DER Project Development Workshops

April 1, 2002

FEMP is conducting a series of hands-on, project-focused Distributed Energy Resource (DER) workshops. The workshops will be held in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston over the coming year. The first workshop will be held May 23-24, 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshops will offer opportunities for Federal facility energy managers interested in applying DER technologies to meet and work with private industry representatives interested in supporting DER projects with financing and/or equipment. Other key actors for DER success including environmental regulators and utilities will also participate.

DER technologies include any decentralized energy storage and/or delivery systems located near the point of use, such as gas turbines, fuel cells, reciprocating engines, solar photovoltaic and combined heat and power (CHP) systems. The workshops will focus on providing information, resources, and contacts that will allow participants to identify where DER technologies can be cost-effective in supporting agency missions, and to help initiate sound DER project development. At each workshop, the agenda and speakers will reflect DER issues specific to the region in which it is held.

Who should attend? Officials from Federal, regional, and State organizations involved in energy management and procurement; private- and public-sector energy and environmental organizations; and regulatory, financing, legal, and energy service organizations involved with DER are encouraged to attend. The events will be particularly relevant for any Federal representative who wants to explore DER opportunities with potential partners and experienced colleagues. The workshops will highlight new FEMP resources to support agencies in assessing DER costs, benefits, and opportunities, such as an upcoming DER call for proposals and the screening available for CHP applications.

Workshop topics will include the following:

  • DER technologies and systems,
  • DER and energy security,
  • resources for developing DER projects,
  • financing DER projects,
  • case studies, and
  • getting your DER project started.

Subsequent workshops are tentatively scheduled for June, September, and October in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston. For more information and to register, see www.energetics.com/femp/atlanta.html or contact Jan Brinch at jbrinch@energetics.com.