Department of Energy Boosts Climate Change Mitigation at Federal Facilities through Efficient, Clean Energy Projects

On April 27th, 2021, the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) issued a $13 million solicitation for new energy projects that will help federal facilities improve the efficiency of their operations and reduce their carbon footprint. Through this Federal Agency Call (FAC), entitled, “Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT),” DOE will help ensure that the federal government is leading by example in the effort to achieve the Biden Administration’s goal of a 100% clean-energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050.

“Achieving President Biden’s  ambitious goals for America’s energy economy will require unprecedented efforts by the federal government—the largest energy consumer in the country,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kelly Speakes-Backman. “The projects funded under this initiative will both decarbonize and strengthen the critical energy and water infrastructure at our federal facilities, ensuring continuous operations in times of crisis.”  

The AFFECT 2021 FAC will fund efficient, clean-energy projects that directly address climate change mitigation and adaptation. To increase the scope of these initiatives, federal agencies will use privately financed performance contracts, such as energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs), ESPC ENABLE, and utility energy services contracts (UESCs).  These performance contracts will leverage the $13 million available in AFFECT grants into an estimated $260 million or more in project investments.

 AFFECT 2021 FAC projects will yield examples that can be replicated at other federal facilities, while also expanding a diversified workforce within the clean-energy economy in construction, skilled trades, and engineering.

To apply to the AFFECT 2021 FAC, applicants must register and submit application materials through EERE Exchange. The application deadline is July 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Questions regarding this FAC can be sent to AFFECT2021@ee.doe.gov.

Updated information on this funding opportunity will be posted on FEMP’s website as it becomes available.

News Source: https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/department-energy-boosts-climate-change-mitigation-federal-facilities-through

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