Maryland Association of Counties: Winter 2021

Event | Cambridge, MD

December 8–10, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today” will focus on rapidly advancing technology that has changed government service delivery. Exploring how county governments are or should be approaching today’s technology from virtual learning to data security, MACo will address widespread options and obstacles to help users provide state-of-the-art services for Maryland residents.

Join Stephanie Bridgeforth and Karen Galindo-White, Senior Accountant Executives, at booth number 22 in the exhibit hall as they showcase Southland’s services that can help Maryland be more resilient, responsive, and ready to address unique facility challenges.   

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Southland Energy Completes Construction Phase of a Utility Energy Service Contract in Partnership with Georgia Power

Robins Air Force Base, GA | Southland Energy

February 20, 2021 — Following a rigorous development and design process, Southland Energy and their utility partner Georgia Power, completed the implementation phase of a Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) for the Air Logistics Complex (ALC) at Robins Air Force Base, GA.

Over a 30-month period, Southland Energy and Georgia Power collaborated with the ALC to design and construct a $26,737,788 UESC which consists of two major compressed air plants and distribution systems, as well as the required electrical power systems to achieve 48 percent energy reduction and 99.99 percent reliability with 2N redundancy. These plants distribute compressed air to 40 surrounding mission critical aviation maintenance and test and research facilities totaling one million square feet.

The goal of the UESC was to produce energy efficient compressed air plants that provide reliable, dry air with 100 percent compressor redundancy to the facilities at the ALC. Leveraging significant industrial and mission critical facility 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 and operations and maintenance analysis specific to the ALC.

“Construction within an active flight line and secure area was very challenging,” said Quinn Phillips, Project Manager, Southland Industries. “The requirement that all work was completed while the existing compressed air service remained 100 percent operational added significant complexity. The construction and ALC teams on site collaborated and prepared daily to ensure continuous availability of compressed air 24/7 to support aircraft readiness goals during the construction.”

In addition to the new compressed air plants, this project includes repair of significant leaks throughout the distribution system, heated blower purge desiccant air dryers, reconditioned 30,000-gallon receiver, new breathing air system, HVAC improvements, and new motor controls. A new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system will control the plant and is integrated with the new electrical sub-station distribution gear. The new SCADA system will be used for performance tracking and diagnostics and has been designed to complement an ongoing base-wide Utility Monitoring and Control Systems (UMCA) program.

“The implementation of the UESC provides resilience, mission assurance, significant operational flexibility, and most importantly eliminates costly outages of the system significantly impacting daily production rates,” said Damon West of the ALC Energy office. “ALC now has reliable compressed air to allow us to meet our mission requirements.”

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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When you’re responsible for the operation of a federal agency with a critical national security mission, it’s imperative to select an experienced energy services partner to ensure energy is available when and where it’s needed. As a prequalified US Department of Energy ESCO and a certified Energy Star® partner, Southland Energy has a $1.5 billion track record of helping federal agencies significantly lower their operational costs, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and increase their energy efficiency and resilience.

When working in partnership with federal organizations to design, build, and in many cases, own, operate and manage energy projects, we utilize a variety of contracting options, including:


  • Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC)
  • Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC)
  • Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)
  • Energy Services Agreement (ESA)
  • Enhanced Use Leasing (EUL)

These contracting vehicles use private sector resources for the development and implementation of comprehensive energy efficiency and facility infrastructure upgrades. Through the cost savings generated by solutions that increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions, we can develop energy projects that eliminate the need for agency funding altogether. Our guaranteed performance-based solutions not only reduce operational expenses, but also improve the long-term energy efficiency and resiliency of your facilities and help you finally defeat the endless cycle of deferred maintenance.

As a recognized expert in federal agency energy solutions, we have served all types of government facilities from military hospitals to the Pentagon. We are proud to employ over 80 professional engineers, LEED accredited professionals, certified energy managers, and project developers that collaborate to determine the most time-efficient and cost-effective energy solutions for you. Our in-house expertise includes energy modeling, building automation controls, and computational fluid dynamics in addition to commissioning and retro-commissioning, operations and maintenance, and testing and balancing, which provides us with more budget and scheduling control throughout the entire process.

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Many of our Federal customers have critical national security missions. If we can enhance their ability to accomplish their missions through solutions that provide energy resilience then we are making a positive impact for our customers and our nation.

Nello Tortora
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