2021 Energy Exchange

Event | Virtual Event

August 2–6, 2021

Southland Energy is hosting a booth at the 2021 Energy Exchange, a virtual training event featuring exhibitor booths and live sessions from industry leaders that cover topics regarding the present and future of efficient, resilient, secure, and sustainable energy and water solutions.

Southland Energy’s experts are also participating in live sessions:

The Future High Energy Intensity Facility: Data Centers, Hospitals, and Labs

Monday, August 2, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. |Live Session

Nello Tortora, Director, Federal Programs | Session Lead

Peter Pobjoy, Senior Vice President, Engineering | Panelist/Speaker

Efficient, Sustainable, and Resilient DoD Installations

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. | Live Session

Nello Tortora, Director, Federal Programs | Session Lead/Moderator

Mark Vilchuck, Senior Project Developer | Panelist/Speaker

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Southland Energy Awarded a Utility Energy Service Contract in Partnership with CenterPoint Energy

Shreveport, LA | Southland Energy

March 31, 2021 — Following a competitive selection process and a rigorous development and design process, Southland Energy and CenterPoint Energy, our utility partner, were awarded a Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center (OBVAMC) in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Over a two-year period, Southland Energy and CenterPoint Energy collaborated and built a strong relationship with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop and implement a comprehensive program to address the key challenges, and ultimately provide efficiency across the entire medical center. The culmination of the collaborative design process was a $43 million implementation contract.

Leveraging significant healthcare experience and expertise, Southland Energy was able to determine the key measurements needed in order to provide early and accurate costs and savings along with a lifecycle energy, operations and maintenance analysis specific to the medical center. This project includes the construction of a new central utility plant and remodeling of the existing plant buildings to better serve OBVAMC. Southland Energy will also provide an upgraded, comprehensive Building Automation Systems (BAS) with a new dedicated fiber backbone, campus wide standardized LED lighting systems, and the restart, recommissioning, and maintenance of an existing 1.4M solar array. This will significantly reduce the hospital’s Energy Use Intensity (EUI) from 223 kBtu/SF per year to 127 kBtu/SF per year which is a 43 percent reduction. Post construction, Southland will provide training and performance assurance services to OBVAMC.

The implementation of the UESC by CenterPoint Energy and Southland Energy will enhance OBVAMC in their mission to provide exemplary care to over 37,000 veterans annually, while making a positive impact for them and their families. This project aligns with current VA standards for efficiency, reliability, and threat management.

“Southland Energy is honored to have been competitively selected for this UESC with CenterPoint Energy,” said Nello Tortora, Director of Energy, Southland Energy “This energy and infrastructure project directly supports improved healthcare for thousands of Veterans. We look forward to continuing our support of OBVAMC and other Veterans Affairs facilities across the nation.”

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a comprehensive energy and Infrastructure firm with roots in one of the nation’s leading MEP building systems firms. With the ability to self-perform work using its distinctive design-build-operate-maintain expertise, Southland Energy works with customers to reduce energy and operational costs and renew infrastructure. Using creative financing options, Southland Energy’s energy professionals deliver guaranteed performance-based solutions that improve our customer’s bottom line. 

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Conversations about Energy: Stimulus Funding Series

Video | Conversations about Energy

In the Conversations about Energy: Stimulus Funding series, Maureen McDonald, Director of Energy Services, and Karen Galindo-White, Senior Account Executive, of Southland Energy dive deep into pandemic relief funding for K–12 schools and state and local governments.

Throughout the videos, Maureen and Karen use their expertise explain what money is available and how it is distributed, how to leverage funds, and identify the deadlines for the various programs.

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Renewable Energy: Fort Riley

Article | USA Today Special Edition U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

With an emphasis on renewable energy, Southland Energy along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers incorporated energy conservation measures from 11 technology categories in over 445 facilities. With some buildings dating back more than 130 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leveraged their unique expertise to recommend products and determine installations to provide the highest levels of energy-savings upgrades. Some of the improvements included, LED lighting, water fixtures, HVAC, controls, expanding the existing Energy Management Control System (EMCS), infrared heating systems, direct exchange system coil treatment and restoration, building envelope improvements, and retro commissioning.

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American Rescue Plan Act: Treasury Guidance for State & Local Governments

On-Demand Webinar | Virtual

Maureen McDonald, Director of Energy Services, shares her broad expertise, insight, and knowledge to help business leaders make the appropriate decisions with stimulus funding for energy and infrastructure projects as deadlines quickly approach. This webinar includes a broad overview of the programs, but specifically focuses on allocation funds distribution and the flow of money for energy, infrastructure, and wastewater treatment facility projects.

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Taking Shape: The Evolution of AB 841 to CalSHAPE

Article | The Big Room

In anticipation of application deadlines and funding requirements, Southland Energy’s Dominic Cardenas, Senior Account Executive, shares the latest updates to CalSHAPE, California Schools Healthy Air, Plumbing, and Efficiency Program. Previously known as California Assembly Bill 841, CalSHAPE provides HVAC upgrade opportunities for K–12 districts.

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Conversations about Energy: Reopening Buildings Series

Video | Conversations about Energy

In the Conversations about Energy: Reopening Buildings Series, Southland Energy’s Bright Abdelmasih, Energy Engineer, and Tom Barentson, Business Development Manager, dive deep into the challenges of safely reopening buildings.  

Throughout this video series, Tom pairs his experience as a teacher, educational sales leader, and chief business official with Bright’s energy engineering and energy services project development background to define how to safely reopen buildings such as schools while minimizing overall risk, discussing the steps to reopen, the importance of a preventative maintenance approach, and ongoing O&M.

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Microgrids: A Modern Solution for American’s 100-Year-Old Utility Monopoly

Article | Energy Tech Review

Previously just used during power outages, microgrids are now acquiring a new cluster of customers. These customers are looking to ensure continuous electricity regardless of the weather or unforeseen events by using distributed energy resources (DERs) and microgrids. Technology has been evolving for years and is now revolutionizing the energy sector. Although microgrids control just a slice of generation in relation to overall traditional electric generation, they are being built with velocity. Southland Energy’s Roxanne Fong, Director of Utility Programs, and Maureen McDonald, Director of Energy Services, share their insight on how microgrids can be a solution for America’s aging energy infrastructure.

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Energy Program Leads to Fort Riley Energy Efficiency Award

Article | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Huntsville Center’s Energy Savings and Performance Contracting program incorporates the Department of Defense Risk Management Framework process to achieve an Authority to Operates for Fort Riley’s Energy Management Control System, allowing for enhanced monitoring and adjustment of facility operations. Southland Energy with the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley used the Huntsville acquisition tool resulting in the installation receiving the Army’s Energy Efficiency 2020 Project of the Year Award.

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