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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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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Addressing Military Treatment Facility and Sustainment and Resilience Needs through Energy Savings Performance Contracts

The Big Room

The sustainment, restoration, and modernization (SRM) of Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) is paramount for the upcoming transition to one system managed by the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Thomas “T.W.” Williams of Southland Energy explains how this transition and critical funding challenges can be solved through third party financing Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) or Utility Energy Services Contracts (UESCs). 

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How to Utilize Energy Efficiency as a Service in the Wake of COVID-19

Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, many entities including schools, municipalities, water districts, utilities, and government agencies will turn to alternative, financially-sound solutions to meet their energy needs and energy efficiency goals. Art Thompson, Energy Sales Director of Southland Energy, shares insight on how Energy as a Service (EaaS) can be a safe, cost-efficient solution in response to infrastructure and energy efficiency challenges.

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Using Demand-controlled Ventilation in HVAC

New technologies are replacing the traditional concept of room controls with enhanced interfaces, improving energy efficiency by monitoring and actively adjusting air quality in real-time. To comment on the convergence of just how to a make a building both comfortable and energy-efficient, Integration Business Manager at Envise Michael Phillips identifies best practices of using DCV in HVAC to improve the occupant experience.

 

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Lean IPD Strategies from the Trade Partner Perspective

Building owners are transforming the construction industry with the increased adoption of a Lean Integrated Project Delivery (LIPD) approach. According to Southland Industries’ Business Development Lead Andrew Rhodes, the foundation for a successful IPD team starts by adopting a collaborative and transparent approach that consistently delivers increased value to the owner. “We make decisions based on what adds value to the project, and not what’s best for ourselves,” Rhodes explains.

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How Lean Construction Methods are Shaping the Future

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Adopted as a response to customer and supply chain dissatisfaction with the building industry, Lean project delivery methods seek to manage a project through relationships, shared knowledge and common goals in order to break down the traditional silos associated with construction. The results of this approach produce significant improvements in scheduling, in reducing waste and ultimately result in better overall project delivery and increased value to the owner. In a recent article, Erin Miller, Design Engineer for Southland Industries’ Mid-Atlantic division, takes an in-depth look at the ways lean practices can positively impact the future of building engineering and construction.

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