Digital Digest #2

Renewable Energy series

National Facilities Management & Technology Conference and Exposition (NFMT)

March 10-12, 2015  Baltimore, MD

Attention Energy and Facility Managers: the NFMT is coming to Baltimore in March! FREE!  
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2015 Building Energy Summit

March 25, 2015  Washington, DC

This one-day Building Energy Summit in the Nation’s Capital will be packed with educational sessions, networking events, and a resource pavilion.  > Read more


NREL releases Renewable Energy Data Book showing upward trends.   > Read more



Google invests $1.5 billion in solar and wind projects.   > Read more



Better Buildings Challenge Partners share these tips for sustainable change.   > Read more

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PV Experts Demo O&M Best Practices

This effective 90-minute course includes 20 concise, hands-on video demos that pinpoint proactive ways to keep your system running at optimal capacity.  > Read more

Just for Feds

DOE FEMP has released a series of 5 one-hour courses to help agencies comply with mandates for high-performance and sustainable buildings.   
Not a Fed? – includes best practices for any organization.  > Read more

2015 NASEO Energy Policy Outlook Conference

State and local energy officials will
meet to discuss improving America’s energy infrastructure.  Network and
partner with public and private sector experts on solutions.
Washington, DC, Feb 3-6.  > Read more


2014’s Clean Energy Top Ten

Keep your eye on these developments identified by the staff at the Rocky
Mountain Institute!
> Read more

2015 US Green Building Trends

The US Green Building Council’s Colorado chapter predicts green building trends for 2015. 
Do you agree?  > Read more

Americans Want to Run on Renewables

Harvard 12-year study finds Americans “overwhelmingly” choose solar and wind over
coal, oil, and nuclear.  > Read more


DOE FEMP releases latest free course about implementing RE projects!


unnamed (1)Distributed-Scale Renewable Energy Projects: From Planning to Project Closeout

2.5 hours

Renewable energy, leveraged from natural, renewable resources, delivers electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications to Federal facilities and fleets. This course focuses on the planning and implementation of distributed-scale renewable energy projects, those smaller than 10 megawatts. The course outlines a detailed 10-step process from technology screening to project closeout. Explored are online tools and resources available for the selection of cost-effective renewable energy projects on federal sites.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan facility renewable energy projects using available screening tools for renewable energy resources, savings to investment ratio analysis, and feasibility studies as well as demonstrate the ability to determine renewable energy funding thresholds to define project requirements, propose a project site, and estimate project costs
  • Assemble and work in integrated project teams (Facility Managers, Building Operating Engineers, Planners, Contracting Officers, Contractors, Occupants, etc.) to execute distributed-scale renewable energy projects (less than10MW)
  • Apply knowledge of renewable energy project development, including technology and resource specifics, for solar (thermal and photovoltaic), wind, and biomass projects
  • Develop required contracting documents, such as RFPs, taking advantage of performance based contracting and design-build approaches to achieve optimal results.

This e-learning course is hosted on the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) learning management system. To take the course, click the Start button below. Then log into the WBDG system to launch the course and take the multiple choice assessment. Students will earn .30 IACET CEUs upon successful completion of the course and assessment.

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