Energy Department Partners with Industry to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Energy Costs

November 10, 2005

Photo of four representatives from the DOE and ESC shaking hands. The men pictured are Rick Khan, Doug Faulkner, David Weiss, and Brian Conner.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Energy Solutions Center, Inc. (ESC) partner up to train federal energy managers. Photo of representatives from the DOE and ESC includes (from left to right): Rick Khan, FEMP Program Manager; Doug Faulkner, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Acting Assistant Secretary; David Weiss, ESC Executive Director; and Brian Connor, FEMP Team Lead Internal Departmental.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Energy Solutions Center, Inc. (ESC) are partnering to train federal energy managers to accelerate the acceptance and use of new technologies that can reduce federal sector energy consumption and reduce energy costs.   

"By partnering with Energy Solutions Center, Inc., the Department of Energy is taking the next step in reducing energy consumption through energy efficiency for the federal energy sector, the largest single consumer of energy in the country," said Douglas L. Faulkner, Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "The federal government can and should lead the way in using energy resources wisely and lowering energy costs."  

ESC is a technology commercialization and market development organization that represents energy utilities, municipal energy authorities, and equipment manufacturers and vendors.  

Together, DOE and ESC will provide federal energy managers, natural gas utilities, and manufacturers with training on energy-efficient gas-fueled technologies. The training will provide instruction on commercially available energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.  

The initial curriculum will focus on distributed energy resources and combined heat and power technologies.  Check FEMP's Training Calendar in early 2006 for class schedules.  The workshops and courses will also highlight ways that federal agencies can fund alternative energy projects at their sites.  This work coincides with the work of DOE's Energy Saving Expert Teams that are currently assisting federal facilities and the private sector in reducing energy use to cut anticipated high energy bill this winter.  

For more information on this new public-private partnership, see the full press release or contact Shawn Herrera at shawn.herrera@ee.doe.gov