The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville’s Resource Efficiency Manager (REM) program improves installation energy programs 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 and water plans that achieve energy efficiency, reduction, security, and resiliency through sustainable and renewable resources. REMs help energy managers increase energy awareness, collect data for reporting site energy use and management, and support energy programs in the achievement of energy goals and mandates.
The REM service adds value to energy programs because each REM is an energy management subject matter expert; provides expertise to identify infrastructure energy improvements to significantly reduce energy and water utilization to meet energy and water security, resiliency, and reduction goals; and provides support for energy construction activity, documentation review, energy awareness, and other energy related activities.
Huntsville Center has a Blanket Purchase Agreement with seven contractors. BPA call orders can be issued for government locations world-wide. Each BPA call order is competed among all contractors and awarded using the best value process to evaluate contractors’ technical proficiency, management approach, past performance, and price. The contract is structured with pre-defined tasks/deliverables and tailored to meet the site specific energy goals and objectives. The government energy manager further defines and prioritizes the tasks. The REMs are required to report the priority list project status and additional actions worked on each month. The tasks may include audits (ongoing/ completed), energy savings identification, project activities (in-development/in-construction/implemented), energy training, document reviews, and site data collection/reporting activities.
Energy Services Support
The REM Program provides programmatic, contracting, and administrative support for energy services. The services provided to the REMs and energy managers include training and support activities to include an annual REM workshop (REMs share project information and lessons learned), training webinars/telecoms, DOE FEMP partnership (training/support/information), reach back support from HNC engineers, and an REM program update 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.