Energy Performance Contracts
As outlined in Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, the goal of energy performance contracts is increase the overall energy efficiency of the organization in the following manner:
- Implementing performance contracts for federal buildings by:
- Utilizing performance contracting as an important tool to help meet identified energy efficiency and management goals while deploying lifecycle cost-effective energy efficiency and clean energy technology and water conservation measures.
- Fulfilling existing agency performance contracting commitments towards the goal of $4 billion in Federal performance-based contracts by the end of calendar year 2016.
- Establishing and providing annual agency targets for performance contracting for energy savings.
To demonstrate NIH’s progress in energy performance contracts and overall sustainability, annual reports are published. NIH publishes an annual Sustainability Implementation Plan (SIP) and reports progress to their parent government agency, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS adheres to the requirements in Section 14 of EO 13693 and publishes an annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan to demonstrate progress for all its principal agencies which includes NIH.
Progress Toward Goal
Energy Performance Contracts, including both Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs), enable agencies to obtain energy efficiency investments in buildings and deploy on-site renewable energy through long-term contracts with the private sector, which are in turn paid through savings derived from those investments.
New Performance Contracting Goals
E.O. 13693 section 3(k) requires that OPDIVs implement performance contracts for Federal buildings. E.O. 13693 section 3(k)(iii) also requires that agencies provide annual agency targets for performance contracting.
NIH targets for the next two fiscal years are:
- FY 2017: $ 24 Million of projects to be implemented
- FY 2018: $ 7.5 Million of projects to be implemented
Click here to view the 2017 NIH Sustainability Implementation Plan
Click here to view the NIH Sustainability Goal PoC list