The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville’s Resource Efficiency Manager (REM) program enhances installation energy program effectiveness by identifying projects and practices to reduce energy and water costs through a contracted subject-matter expert. REMs provide vital expertise to develop site energy plans encompassing projects that achieve sustainable, renewable, secure, resilient energy management. REMs are the “energy boots on the ground” assisting energy managers to increase energy awareness and collecting data for reporting site energy management.
The REM service is value added to energy programs because each REM: 1) Is an energy management subject-matter expert, 2) Provides expertise to identify infrastructure energy improvements to significantly reduce energy and water utilization to meet energy and water security, resilience, and reduction goals, and 3) Provides support for energy construction activity, documentation review, energy awareness, and other energy-related activities.
Huntsville Center has a Blanket Purchase Agreement with five small business contractors. Each BPA call order is competed among all contractors and awarded using the best value process, thereby creating the most advantageous and technically proficient benefit. The contract is structured with pre-defined tasks/deliverables and tailored to meet the site specific energy goals and objectives. The call order requires the REMs to report activities each month which include audits (on-going/completed), energy savings identified, project activities (in-development/in-construction/implemented), energy training provided, document reviews, and site data collection/reporting activities.
Energy Services Support
The HNC REM Program provides energy services programmatic support in addition to contract and administration support. The services provided to the REMs and energy managers include training and support activities to include an Annual REM Workshop (REMs share information), Training webinars/telecoms, DOE FEMP partnership (training/support/ information), reach back support from HNC Engineers, and a REM Meeting after Energy Exchange.
REM Qualification Level
Education and related experience is mandatory for all REM levels and varies for each qualification level. All REMs must be or become within one year after employment a Certified Energy Manager. In addition to the CEM certification, the REM levels are classified as follows:
REM Level I: Have a general understanding of load profile data presentation and manipulation; energy audits and energy project development; experience in providing technical resources and management of energy-related services; a working knowledge in various energy estimating software packages, etc. Experience: 3-10 years.
REM Level II: Meet REM Level I requirements and have experience in the following areas: specific experience in an energy management program; thorough understanding of load profile data presentation and manipulation; energy audits and energy project development; experience in providing technical resources and management of energy-related services; a working knowledge in various energy estimating software packages. Experience: 5-12 years.
REM Level III: Have expertise in REM Level II requirements. Experience: 9-18 years.
Installation Hotline – Army installation energy managers and Directorate of Public Works personnel interested in learning more about the REM program may call 256-895-1322.