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Energy Savings Performance Contract ENABLE for Federal Projects

ESPC ENABLE is a streamlined procurement process for small federal projects to install targeted ECMs in six months or less.

ESPC ENABLE is a streamlined procurement process for small federal projects to install targeted ECMs in six months or less.

Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) ENABLE is designed to permit a standardized and streamlined procurement process for small federal projects (ranging from around $500,000 or less to $5 million) to install targeted energy conservation measures (ECMs) in six months or less. While there are no specific size restrictions, ESPC ENABLE is well-suited to meet the needs of small federal facilities, including those less than 200,000 square feet.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) uses a set of pre-established procurement and technical tools to administer projects through the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule 84, SIN 246-53. The program provides facilities an opportunity to implement specific ECMs, including lighting; water; simple heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) controls; HVAC system replacement; and solar photovoltaics.

ESPC ENABLE streamlines the energy service company selection process under the GSA Schedule and its set of pre-qualified vendors. In addition to the conventional ESPC benefits of no upfront capital costs to the agency and guaranteed energy cost savings that exceed annual payment, ESPC ENABLE offers expedited services such as:

  • No need for preliminary assessment
  • Tools and contract templates available online, including and Investment Grade Audit Tool
  • Streamlined measurement and verification process.

FEMP is authorized by statute to establish appropriate procedures and methods for use by federal agencies with regard to the ESPC ENABLE program.  See 42 U.S.C. § 8287(b)(1)(A); 10 C.F.R. § 436.30(a). 

FEMP can provide agencies with project assistance, guidance, and training to help them successfully complete ESPC ENABLE projects.

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Take an Enterprise Approach to ESPC ENABLE

Agencies that adopt an agencywide (or regionwide) enterprise approach to implementing ESPCs may be able to award more and larger projects—with shorter development times—than agencies that follow a project-by-project approach. An "enterprise approach," is integrated and aligned across the various administrative and operational units that constitute the entirety of an agency.

Learn about taking an enterprise approach for energy savings projects Using ESPC ENABLE.