The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) established the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Qualified List of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and 10 C.F.R. 436. The DOE Qualified List of ESCOs is composed of more than 120 firms that have submitted applications and have been approved by the DOE qualification review board.
Companies approved for the DOE Qualified List of ESCOs may compete for energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) with federal agencies.
Applying for the DOE Qualified List of ESCOs
Applications for the DOE Qualified List of ESCOs are accepted throughout the year. Each ESCO on the list is required to recertify each calendar year.
To be considered for the DOE Qualified List of ESCOs, applicants must do the following.
- Read the DOE cover letter, which provides instructions, including a nondisclosure statement text and format, on how to apply for the DOE Qualified List of ESCOs.
- Complete a statement of qualifications using Standard Form 129 and the Supplemental Questionnaire.
All questions in the supplemental questionnaire must be completed with special attention paid to two project descriptions that demonstrate design and installation experience with ESPCs or energy conservation measures (question 10B[a]). The project descriptions should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to successfully design and implement projects of the scope and characteristics generally required by ESPC projects for the federal government. Illustrative examples of representative federal facilities include office buildings; warehouses; scientific, technical, and medical centers; and military bases and installations.
The two projects must be completed and have a sufficient performance period to measure and verify energy savings or utility demand reduction. The projects must have been completed by the applying company as the prime contractor with financial responsibility for the projects. Projects performed by company personnel at previous employers are not acceptable. The responses for question 10B(a) 10 and 12 should include energy savings or utility demand reduction in energy units and U.S dollars ($).
The responses should also include a clear description of the measurement and verification methodology that will be used to determine the energy savings or utility demand reduction and any other pertinent information, such as rebates related to the project.
Personnel qualifications should be in the form of resumes (question 10D[a]). Trades that the organization uses regularly should be demonstrated with the firm's personnel qualifications (question 10D[b]).
Responses of "not applicable" to questions 10E(b) and (c) will be considered incomplete and may delay the qualification review process. Only "yes" or "no" answers will be accepted.
- Complete two client questionnaires (located at the end of the Supplemental Questionnaire), which include original signatures from two project clients.
Both questionnaires must be completed and submitted with original client signatures as part of the application. These questionnaires should correspond with the two project descriptions identified in the statement of qualifications (question 10B[a]).
- Submit the original and one copy of the completed application forms to:
Schuyler (Skye) Schell
Project Services Supervisor
U.S. Department of Energy
Federal Energy Management Program, EE-5S
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585
Attn: Qualified List
A qualification review board (QRB) evaluates applications for the DOE Qualified List of ESCOs. As per 10 C.F.R. § 436.32(b), on the basis of statements of qualifications received and any other relevant information, the QRB selects firms for inclusion if:
The company has provided ESPC services or services that saved energy or reduced utility costs for at least two clients, and the company possesses the appropriate project experience to successfully implement the technologies that it proposes to provide
Previous project clients provide ratings that are fair or better
The company, or any principal of the company, has been neither insolvent nor declared bankruptcy within the last five years
The company, or any principal of the company, is not on the list of parties excluded from procurement programs (in other words, has not been debarred by the federal government) under 48 CFR part 9, subpart 9.4
There is no adverse information that warrants the conclusion that the company is not qualified to perform energy savings performance contracting.
Please allow at least three months to complete the evaluation process.