Energy Department Webinar May 8: New Guide to Help Federal Leaders Procure Fuel Cells for Stationary Power
April 25, 2012
The Energy Department will present a live webinar on May 8, 2012, featuring an overview of a recently issued guide designed to aid federal facility managers seeking to implement fuel cell stationary power sources on federal sites. The guide, titled Procuring Fuel Cells for Stationary Power: A Guide for Federal Facility Decision Makers, presents concise, step-by-step recommendations to help federal decision makers more easily transform their interest in fuel cell technologies into successful installations. The webinar will be offered on Tuesday, May 8, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and will give an overview of the guide, concluding with a question and answer session with participants.
Fuel cell technologies are gaining attention from federal facility managers because they can ensure critical energy systems performance, help meet executive branch sustainability targets for lower energy intensity and carbon emissions, and provide onsite energy security. This guide will help agencies striving to meet ambitious sustainability requirements with limited budgets decide whether a fuel cell project may be feasible and economically viable at their location.
The guide outlines introductory information and presents a four-part process for implementing a fuel cell project. The guide also provides an overview of the innovative private financing mechanisms available to procure fuel cell systems with little or no capital investment, including power purchase agreements, energy savings performance contracts, utility energy services contracts, and enhanced use leasing. Developed by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the guide is intended to help federal agency site managers purchase the most effective systems to meet their needs, without requiring them to have extensive experience in the fuel cell industry.
The May 8 session is one of a series of webinars presented by the Energy Department designed to increase knowledge of fuel cell technologies and applications, identify best practices in hydrogen and fuel cell programs and policies, and provide information and technical assistance to stakeholders, policy leaders, fuel cell organizations, and others involved in the development of hydrogen and fuel cell programs and policies.