Call for U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting Pilot Projects To Be Recognized at the 7th Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum, 49968-49969 [2016-17986]

Download as PDF 49968 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 146 / Friday, July 29, 2016 / Notices Notice and request for comments. ACTION: The Department of Energy (DOE), pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to renew, for three years, an information collection request with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the renewed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 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[FR Doc. 2016–17983 Filed 7–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Call for U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting Pilot Projects To Be Recognized at the 7th Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice of request for project submissions. AGENCY: The Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of a request for submission of innovative U.S.-China energy performance contracting (EPC) projects. EPC projects at public, commercial, and industrial facilities located in the U.S. or China with project participation from at least one U.S. entity and at least one Chinese entity are eligible. Eligible entities include energy service companies (ESCOs), technology providers, facility owners or operators, and financiers. EPC projects that meet the 2016 Pilot Project Criteria and demonstrate replicability will receive special recognition at the 7th Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum in October 2016 in Beijing. Some recognition recipients will be invited to speak at a special breakout session. DATES: Project submissions for consideration must be received by August 22, 2016. ADDRESSES: Project submissions should be emailed in English and Chinese to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and ESCO Committee of China Energy Conservation Association at the email addresses provided below. ‘‘The Pilot Project Criteria 2016’’ and ‘‘Appendix: Project Submission Template’’ can be found on: http:// www.globalchange.umd.edu/archivedresearch-areas/energy-efficiency-andmitigation/epc/. Applicants must complete the Chinese and English project submission template and draft a proposed MOU. The proposed MOU should memorialize the cooperation of U.S. and Chinese entities applying as a team, set out their intention to do an EPC project(s); and include all minimum U.S.-China EPC Pilot Project Program requirements. Submit one email with project submission and proposed MOU as attachments to the following email addresses: m.evans@pnnl.gov, qing.tan@ pnnl.gov and international@emca.cn. Failure to submit complete, bilingual project information may result in ineligibility. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting Initiative—Ms. Arlene Fetizanan, U.S. Department of Energy, Arlene.Fetizanan@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586–3124. Questions about the energy performance contracting pilot project criteria and submission—Ms. Sha Yu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, sha.yu@pnnl.gov or (301) 314–6736. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: This call for EPC pilot projects is part of the Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Industry Initiative under the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). The CCWG was launched in 2013, and now includes nine action initiatives for understanding and addressing climate change in the United States and China. Under the CCWG Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Industry Initiative, DOE and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) launched a program to promote EPC. The program aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions in the U.S. and China through deep energy retrofits, using innovative financing where appropriate. The combined $20 billion U.S. and China EPC markets have the potential to grow dramatically, delivering significant environmental and economic benefits. For more information on U.S.-China EPC market trends and resources to assist clients, practitioners, and financial institutions in selecting, developing, and executing EPC projects, please visit: http:// E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 146 / Friday, July 29, 2016 / Notices www.globalchange.umd.edu/archivedresearch-areas/energy-efficiency-andmitigation/epc/. The U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum is an annual, invitation-only event at which the two sides discuss energy efficiency issues and develop initiatives for further collaboration. Over 200 senior private sector, NGO, and government stakeholders attend. This is the second year that DOE and NDRC have issued a request for recognition of U.S.-China EPC pilot projects at the Energy Efficiency Forum. In 2015, DOE and NDRC released their first call for U.S.-China EPC pilot project submissions for recognition. Three innovative pilot projects were recognized by senior U.S. and Chinese officials at the 6th Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum (http:// energy.gov/eere/articles/win-winopportunities-sixth-annual-us-chinaenergy-efficiency-forum), as well as at the 2016 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Objective: This recognition program encourages U.S. and Chinese organizations to obtain real-world experience in each other’s market using innovative, feasible business models alongside local practitioners. Recognized EPC projects will use integrated solutions to foster deep energy savings, demonstrating an optimal combination of project development and design, energy auditing, energy savings guarantees, third-party financing, contracting, and Measurement and Verification (M&V). For example, an innovative pilot project may consist of a bundle of short and long-payback measures for an attractive overall return on investment and deeper energy savings than shorter-payback measures, alone. The initiative aims to encourage as many noteworthy projects as practical in the public infrastructure, public and commercial buildings and industrial facilities sectors. All projects recognized should have participation from both Chinese and U.S. entities. The list of 2016 Pilot Project Criteria has been vetted by both DOE and NDRC (http://www.globalchange.umd.edu/ data/epc/Pilot_Project_Opportunity_ 2016_ENG_CHN_final.pdf). Applicants must complete the Chinese and English project submission template and draft a proposed MOU. The proposed MOU should memorialize the cooperation of U.S. and Chinese entities applying as a team, set out their intention to do an EPC project(s); and include all minimum U.S.-China EPC Pilot Project Program requirements. In order to meet requirements, applications should describe the facility that will undergo a retrofit under an EPC and who the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:42 Jul 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 primary participants are. EPC pilot projects should include participation by both U.S. and Chinese stakeholders. The application should outline an integrated approach that will retrofit at least three systems and reduce energy consumption relative to baseline conditions. The EPC pilot project should utilize innovative financing, contracting and/or M&V and indicate how it is noteworthy relative to traditional EPCs in the market. Applicants agree to share project progress and data on energy savings quarterly. EPC pilot projects must start within nine months after signing the MOU. Refer to ‘‘The Pilot Project Criteria 2016’’ and ‘‘Appendix: Project Submission Template’’ in the link above for more requirement details. Failure to submit complete, bilingual project information may result in ineligibility. Issued in Washington, DC, on July 21, 2016. Robert L. Sandoli, Director of International Programs, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2016–17986 Filed 7–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [EERE–2016–WAP–GUID–001] Updating Weatherization Health and Safety Guidance Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is updating Weatherization Health and Safety Guidance related to the implementation and installation of health and safety measures as part of the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The draft guidance also provides required components for Grantees to include in their Health and Safety (H&S) Plans. This guidance will assist Grantee decision-making during H&S Plan development. This notice also serves to inform the public of the availability of an online tool which provides notification of, and allows individuals to submit comments on, the draft guidance related to the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program. All future draft guidance releases will be made via the online tool. Individuals who wish to receive notification of draft guidance releases may receive that notification via the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49969 online tool. For information on the web address of the online tool see the ADDRESSES section of this notice. DATES: DOE will accept written comments until August 29, 2016. For more information on how to submit comments, please see the ADDRESSES and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections of this notice. ADDRESSES: DOE’s draft Weatherization and Health and Safety Guidance is available via the online commenting tool at: http://doe.civicomment.org/ Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the guidance via this online tool. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erica Burrin; U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., EE5W, Washington, DC 20585; (202) 280–9863; Erica.Burrin@ ee.doe.gov. For legal issues, please contact Kavita Vaidyanathan; U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., GC– 33, Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586– 0669; Kavita.Vaidyanathan@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is updating its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Weatherization Health and Safety Guidance to clarify, update and provide additional information related to the implementation and installation of health and safety measures as part of the DOE WAP. This draft guidance also provides required components for Grantees to include in their Health and Safety (H&S) Plans. The guidance and attachments supersede the following: WPN 11–6a, Supplemental Health and Safety Guidance WPNs 11–6, Health and Safety Guidance WPN 09–6, Lead Safe Weatherization (LSW) Additional Materials and Information WPN 08–6, Interim Lead-Safe Weatherization Guidance WPN 08–4, Space Heater Policy WPNs 02–6, Weatherization Activities and Federal Lead-Based Paint Regulations WPN 02–5, Health and Safety Guidance It is DOE’s aim that this guidance will better assist Grantee decision-making during H&S Plan development. Grantees may create more stringent requirements as long as those requirements do not conflict with this guidance. Submitting Comments on the Draft Weatherization Health and Safety Guidance DOE will accept comments regarding the draft Weatherization Health and Safety Guidance no later than the date provided in the DATES section at the E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 146 (Friday, July 29, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 49968-49969]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-17986]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


Call for U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting Pilot Projects 
To Be Recognized at the 7th Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of 
Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Notice of request for project submissions.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of a request for 
submission of innovative U.S.-China energy performance contracting 
(EPC) projects. EPC projects at public, commercial, and industrial 
facilities located in the U.S. or China with project participation from 
at least one U.S. entity and at least one Chinese entity are eligible. 
Eligible entities include energy service companies (ESCOs), technology 
providers, facility owners or operators, and financiers. EPC projects 
that meet the 2016 Pilot Project Criteria and demonstrate replicability 
will receive special recognition at the 7th Annual U.S.-China Energy 
Efficiency Forum in October 2016 in Beijing. Some recognition 
recipients will be invited to speak at a special breakout session.

DATES: Project submissions for consideration must be received by August 
22, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Project submissions should be emailed in English and Chinese 
to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and ESCO Committee of 
China Energy Conservation Association at the email addresses provided 
below. ``The Pilot Project Criteria 2016'' and ``Appendix: Project 
Submission Template'' can be found on: http://www.globalchange.umd.edu/archived-research-areas/energy-efficiency-and-mitigation/epc/.
    Applicants must complete the Chinese and English project submission 
template and draft a proposed MOU. The proposed MOU should memorialize 
the cooperation of U.S. and Chinese entities applying as a team, set 
out their intention to do an EPC project(s); and include all minimum 
U.S.-China EPC Pilot Project Program requirements. Submit one email 
with project submission and proposed MOU as attachments to the 
following email addresses: m.evans@pnnl.gov, qing.tan@pnnl.gov and 
international@emca.cn. Failure to submit complete, bilingual project 
information may result in ineligibility.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    Questions about the U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting 
Initiative--Ms. Arlene Fetizanan, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Arlene.Fetizanan@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586-3124.
    Questions about the energy performance contracting pilot project 
criteria and submission--Ms. Sha Yu, Pacific Northwest National 
Laboratory, sha.yu@pnnl.gov or (301) 314-6736.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Background: This call for EPC pilot projects is part of the Energy 
Efficiency in Buildings and Industry Initiative under the U.S.-China 
Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). The CCWG was launched in 2013, and 
now includes nine action initiatives for understanding and addressing 
climate change in the United States and China. Under the CCWG Energy 
Efficiency in Buildings and Industry Initiative, DOE and China's 
National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) launched a program to 
promote EPC. The program aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce 
emissions in the U.S. and China through deep energy retrofits, using 
innovative financing where appropriate. The combined $20 billion U.S. 
and China EPC markets have the potential to grow dramatically, 
delivering significant environmental and economic benefits. For more 
information on U.S.-China EPC market trends and resources to assist 
clients, practitioners, and financial institutions in selecting, 
developing, and executing EPC projects, please visit: http://

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www.globalchange.umd.edu/archived-research-areas/energy-efficiency-and-
mitigation/epc/.
    The U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum is an annual, invitation-
only event at which the two sides discuss energy efficiency issues and 
develop initiatives for further collaboration. Over 200 senior private 
sector, NGO, and government stakeholders attend. This is the second 
year that DOE and NDRC have issued a request for recognition of U.S.-
China EPC pilot projects at the Energy Efficiency Forum. In 2015, DOE 
and NDRC released their first call for U.S.-China EPC pilot project 
submissions for recognition. Three innovative pilot projects were 
recognized by senior U.S. and Chinese officials at the 6th Annual U.S.-
China Energy Efficiency Forum (http://energy.gov/eere/articles/win-win-opportunities-sixth-annual-us-china-energy-efficiency-forum), as well 
as at the 2016 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
    Objective: This recognition program encourages U.S. and Chinese 
organizations to obtain real-world experience in each other's market 
using innovative, feasible business models alongside local 
practitioners. Recognized EPC projects will use integrated solutions to 
foster deep energy savings, demonstrating an optimal combination of 
project development and design, energy auditing, energy savings 
guarantees, third-party financing, contracting, and Measurement and 
Verification (M&V). For example, an innovative pilot project may 
consist of a bundle of short and long-payback measures for an 
attractive overall return on investment and deeper energy savings than 
shorter-payback measures, alone. The initiative aims to encourage as 
many noteworthy projects as practical in the public infrastructure, 
public and commercial buildings and industrial facilities sectors. All 
projects recognized should have participation from both Chinese and 
U.S. entities.
    The list of 2016 Pilot Project Criteria has been vetted by both DOE 
and NDRC (http://www.globalchange.umd.edu/data/epc/Pilot_Project_Opportunity_2016_ENG_CHN_final.pdf). Applicants must 
complete the Chinese and English project submission template and draft 
a proposed MOU. The proposed MOU should memorialize the cooperation of 
U.S. and Chinese entities applying as a team, set out their intention 
to do an EPC project(s); and include all minimum U.S.-China EPC Pilot 
Project Program requirements. In order to meet requirements, 
applications should describe the facility that will undergo a retrofit 
under an EPC and who the primary participants are. EPC pilot projects 
should include participation by both U.S. and Chinese stakeholders. The 
application should outline an integrated approach that will retrofit at 
least three systems and reduce energy consumption relative to baseline 
conditions. The EPC pilot project should utilize innovative financing, 
contracting and/or M&V and indicate how it is noteworthy relative to 
traditional EPCs in the market. Applicants agree to share project 
progress and data on energy savings quarterly. EPC pilot projects must 
start within nine months after signing the MOU. Refer to ``The Pilot 
Project Criteria 2016'' and ``Appendix: Project Submission Template'' 
in the link above for more requirement details. Failure to submit 
complete, bilingual project information may result in ineligibility.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on July 21, 2016.
Robert L. Sandoli,
Director of International Programs, Office of Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2016-17986 Filed 7-28-16; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6450-01-P