Southland Energy Appoints Andrew Miller as Regional Business Segment Leader

Dulles, VA | Southland Energy

Sept. 9, 2021 — Southland Energy recently appointed Andrew Miller as Regional Business Segment Leader for its Mid-Atlantic region.  In his new role, Mr. Miller will be responsible for growing Southland’s energy efficiency and infrastructure business across the public and private sectors.

“We are excited to welcome Andrew to the Southland team,” said Southland Energy Vice President Anthony Roner. “His extensive expertise in our industry will prove invaluable as we continue to grow our business in the Mid-Atlantic region.”

Mr. Miller brings over 30-years of experience in the industry and has an extensive background in Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC). In his most recent role as General Manager of the Northeast at ESG, Mr. Miller provided oversight of nearly $800 million of design build energy efficiency and infrastructure work. He grew the business from a start-up to over $180 million in annual sales and led a team of 60 employees across seven states.

Mr. Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Townson University and has held multiple leadership positions ranging from operations manager to regional manager. Early In his career, Mr. Miller worked for Chevron and CMS Viron where he was responsible for expansion into new territory and overall growth of the Northeast region.

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 Appoints Darryl Matsui as Director of Preconstruction

San Diego, CA | Southland Energy

Aug. 21, 2021 — Southland Energy recently appointed Darryl Matsui as Director of Preconstruction. In this new role, Mr. Matsui will lead Southland Energy’s preconstruction team during the development of energy efficiency and infrastructure projects across the public and private sectors.  

“We are thrilled to welcome Darryl to the Southland team,” said Southland Energy Vice President Anthony Roner. “His proven expertise developing comprehensive energy and infrastructure projects will directly impact our clients’ project, enhancing the value we bring to them.”

Mr. Matsui brings over 30 years of experience in the industry and has an extensive energy project development background. In his most recent role as the Director of Project Development at NORESCO, Mr. Matsui delivered nearly $500 million in federal Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) and Utility Energy Savings Contract (UESC) projects for various federal agencies. Prior to this, Mr. Matsui spent 15 years with the U.S. Navy’s ESPC team, planning, developing, and executing comprehensive energy programs. He led the Navy’s ESPC team in facilitating the award of approximately 20 Navy and Marine Corps ESPC delivery orders worldwide and managed the ongoing support of over 20 delivery orders during the performance phase of the contracts.

Mr. Matsui graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Pacific. Additionally, he has also been awarded: Member of Navy Region Southwest Energy Program Group awards for the U.S. Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management, Secretary of the Navy Energy Excellence Award, Energy User News Award for Best Retrofit Project, and additional recognitions from the U.S. Secretary of Energy, the San Diego Regional Energy Office, and the San Diego Business Journal.  

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. 

Media Contact

Dan Navarrete

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

703.834.5570

dnavarrete@southlandind.com

2021 Energy Exchange

Event | Ocean City, MD

August 18–21, 2021

Southland Energy is attending the 2021 Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference. At this in-person event, MACo and county leaders will explore their role in COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery, including strategic planning, evolving service delivery, emergency communications, advancing technologies, and fiscal obstacles.

Senior Account Executives, Karen Galindo-White and Stephanie Bridgeforth, will be at booth 300, diving deep into the Southland difference and sharing more about how Southland can help Maryland be more resilient, responsive, and ready to address unique facility challenges.

To learn more, click here.

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

To learn more, click here.

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. 

Media Contact

Dan Navarrete

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

703.834.5570

dnavarrete@southlandind.com

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.

To learn more, click here.

2021 Energy Exchange

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  

High energy intensity facilities such as data centers, hospitals, and laboratories are facing new and emerging challenges to be resilient, efficient, sustainable and secure. The velocity of data growth in combination with today’s cloud-centric environment is driving the development of new and retrofitted data centers seemingly every day. Hospitals and Labs consume many times more energy than an average office building, and while increasing energy efficiency is key to reducing cost and emissions, these facilities must address the future of patient care and research and development. Panelists from government and private sectors will share their perspective on the future of these facility trends and infrastructure.

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  

This session will provide information to installation and campus energy managers about the interrelationship between energy efficiency, sustainability and resiliency with examples of “how to” implement the findings of plans and readiness exercises. A panel of experts will describe their experiences with how, after being armed with the results of resilience planning and readiness exercises, can use these plans to operationalize your resilience strategy. This session will focus on strategies which enable transitioning from IEP Vision to Energy Security Reality using proven technology and viable commercial structures. Panelists will present processes, challenges, and best practices learned from actual projects implemented to address resilience, efficiency, and greenhouse gas reduction.

To learn more, click here

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.

To learn more, click here.

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.

To learn more, click here.