Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hosted the combined Energy Exchange and the Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio. The result was one of the year’s biggest and broadest events covering energy solutions and resilience in buildings and federal facilities. Energetics has been involved in both initiatives over the years and has supported the annual Energy Exchange since 2015, working closely with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Our team provided program development and other support to this year’s successful event.
The Energy Exchange is the single largest gathering of the federal energy management community and the flagship event for DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). FEMP works with its stakeholders to enable federal agencies to meet legislatively mandated energy-related goals, identify affordable solutions, facilitate public–private partnerships, and provide energy leadership to the country by identifying and leveraging government best practices. At its core, this annual event is a two-and-a-half-day learning forum to share these best practices, provide technical information and tools, and offer accredited training and guidance. In addition, FEMP hosts its own pre-event workshops, and many federal agencies utilize this week to host their own all-hands meetings and working groups. Since 2017, Energy Exchange has also hosted the FEDS Spotlight, an annual recognition event of the federal energy champions who embody the principles of efficient and innovative energy, water, and fleet management.
Each year, Energetics manages the Energy Exchange technical planning team, composed of more than 50 experts from the federal energy management community to design, develop, and implement the entire training program for the event. In 2018, the planning team was responsible for developing 120 training sessions, of which approximately 80% were accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The Energetics team hosts and facilitates in-person technical planning team meetings in Washington, DC, monitors the recruitment and approval of more than 400 speakers, manages the workflow of course approval accreditation documents and session assessments, and conducts post-event analysis.
Energetics also works closely with fellow event contractor MC² to support onsite logistics and implementation. We assist with recruiting plenary speakers, drafting talking points, contributing content for the event website and mobile app, and overseeing project controls and procedures.
The combined 2018 Energy Exchange–Better Buildings Summit event drew a wonderfully diverse group of attendees that included professionals from commercial, industrial, public, multifamily, residential, and data center sectors. Since Energetics began its support to the Energy Exchange in 2015, the total number of registrants has nearly doubled, growing from 1,600 to almost 3,000. Key stakeholders in attendance include DOE and its national research laboratories, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the General Services Administration, and NASA. In addition, all 21 of DOE’s 2017 IDIQ Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) are typically present, resulting in a robust trade show with over 100 exhibiting energy service and technology companies.