FUPWG Heads from Oklahoma City in May to Rapid City in October

August 31, 2005

The Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG) recently held its spring meeting on May 12 and 13, hosted by Oklahoma Gas and Electric in Okalahoma City. The upcoming fall meeting will be held in the shadow of Mount Rushmore in Rapid City, South Dakota on October 18 and 19, 2005, hosted by Montana-Dakota Utilities.

FUPWG works to improve partnerships between the federal agencies and their local utility companies to encourage the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and provides federal agencies guidance on making wise utility management and acquisition decisions. FUPWG's total membership is approximately 400, representing the federal government, the utility industry, and related organizations.

FUPWG meetings are held twice a year (spring and fall) and are hosted by a utility member to provide information and guidance on issues of interest. These meetings typically have approximately 100 participants and address a wide range of related subjects.

Some meeting topics in Oklahoma included:

  • Important issues when choosing the GSA Areawide Contract, Basic Ordering Agreement, or Model Agreement for Utility Energy Service Contracts;
  • Partnering with the local utility to increase energy security;
  • The latest on combined heat and power technologies;
  • Utility billing and payment issues when working with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service; and
  • How to use utility rebates when calculating a project's Net Present Value.

Proposed meeting topics for South Dakota include:

  • The latest on facility lighting options;
  • The Department of Defense (DOD) renewable energy assessment;
  • Interagency efforts at promoting tribal wind power developments; and
  • Discussing the impact of DOD housing privatization on utility contracts.

If you are interested in finding out more about FUPWG and its past and future meetings, contact David McAndrew, 202-586-7722.