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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CASBO 2021 Annual Conference & California School Business Expo

Event | Virtual 

April 7–8, 2021 

Southland Energy is exhibiting at the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO)Annual Conference & California School Business Expo. This virtual, two-day event offers professional development sessions and opportunities for networking and mentorship. Southland Energy’s experts will be sharing information and insight about planning for successful energy projects, addressing infrastructure and modernization goals, and more. 

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Increasing Adoption of Energy Performance Contracts

Article | The Military Engineer

Performance contracting has seen an increase across services as a cost-effective way to implement needed energy and resilience upgrades. Today, Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) incorporate critical infrastructure improvements that provide annual energy savings. The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley, Kan., was awarded the Army Energy Efficiency 2020 Project of the Year Award for its ESPC, completed by Southland Energy. The $62.5 million infrastructure improvements provides an annual savings of $4.3 million, 8 percent greater than the guaranteed savings.

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League of California Public Works Institute

Monday, March 15, 2021- 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM PST, Wednesday, March 17, 2021- 8:30 AM- 5:30 PM PST, Friday, March 19, 2021- 9:30 AM- 1:15 PM PST

Join the League of California Cities and Southland Energy for three days of educational content and networking. Now, more than ever, the opportunity for city officials to learn from and network with each other provides invaluable support. The virtual conference offers education on the latest developments in public works, leadership, managing transportation, infrastructure, water, waste programs, and more.

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Conversations about Energy: Energy Resiliency Series

Video | Conversations about Energy

In the Conversations about Energy: Energy Resiliency Series, Mark Vilchuck, Senior Project Developer, and Steve Zip, Senior Account Executive, of Southland Energy dive deep into energy resiliency.

Throughout the videos, Mark and Steve use their expertise to define what energy resiliency means across different industries, share its true costs, explain how to drive resiliency using third party financing, discuss O&M cost savings, and provide real-life resiliency project examples.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EST

Presented in partnership with Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF), Southland Energy’s Director of Energy Services Maureen McDonald will discuss infrastructure upgrades that facility owners and operators can invest in that will allow them to preserve capital dollars, reduce lifecycle costs, and decrease risks In the midst of the pandemic.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM PST

CASBO San Diego-Imperial Section will be leading their virtual conference, “Together Towards Tomorrow!” which will be addressing multiple topics on of which will be the importance of and how to leverage Assembly Bill (AB) 841 to safely reopen California schools. Southland’s Dominic Cardenas, Account Executive, Senior, Tom Barentson, Business Development, and Maureen McDonald, Director of Energy Services will be discussing the challenges schools are facing In order to provide a safe learning environment In the wake of COVID-19.

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Southland Energy to Perform Design-Build Energy Retrofits in Partnership with PG&E for Coalinga State Hospital

Coalinga, CA 

January 15, 2021 — Following a successful Investment Grade Audit in 2020, Southland Energy was selected to perform design-build energy retrofits in partnership with PG&E for Coalinga State Hospital in Coalinga, California. 

Southland Energy will upgrade the facility infrastructure, improve the quality of the work environment, optimize the building automation, and enhance the reliability and maintainability of critical heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems through the implementation of multiple energy conservation measures. 

Slated for completion in September 2021, this project will produce an annual cost savings of approximately $1.2 million, significantly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and modernize aging infrastructure. 

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to improve the conditions of the hospital for patients, staff, and visitors,” said Anthony Roner, Vice President of Southland Energy. “We look forward to working with PG&E to deliver this important project.”

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a comprehensive energy services firm with roots in one of the nation’s leading MEP building systems firms. With the ability to self-perform energy services work through its distinctive design-build-operate-maintain expertise, Southland Energy works with clients to increase efficiency, reduce utility consumption, and lower overall energy costs. Using various creative financing options, Southland Energy’s certified energy professionals deliver guaranteed performance-based solutions that sustainably improve each facility’s bottom line. 

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