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. 

Media Contact

Dan Navarrete 

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

703.834.5570

dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Fort Riley Awarded Secretary of the Army, Energy Efficiency Project of the Year Award

Fort Riley, KS | Southland Energy

Oct. 21, 2020 — U.S. Army Fort Riley announced it has been awarded Secretary of the Army, Energy Efficiency Project of the Year Award for the first phase of a multi-phased Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC). The first phase incorporated energy conservation measures from 14 technology categories in over 280 facilities on the installation. This ESPC is unique as it is the first Army ESPC to incorporate the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Risk Management Framework (RMF) process to achieve an Authority to Operate (ATO) for the Fort Riley Energy Management Control System (EMCS).

Southland Energy and Fort Riley collaborated and built a strong relationship to develop and implement a comprehensive program to achieve efficiency across the entire base. This program included incorporating measures such as: central plant upgrades and expansion, retro-commissioning, lighting (including Marshall Army Airfield), water measures, and upgrades to and expansion of the EMCS. The accredited EMCS has greatly enhanced the ability for Fort Riley to monitor and adjust facility operations from their command center, resulting in greater efficiency and sustainability. Overall, the project energy savings totaled an astounding 128,999,949,575 BTUs and a cost savings of $2.7 million. 

The implementation of a large and complex ESPC in three phases with over $70 million in capital improvements will move Southland Energy further towards the goal of being the industry leader in providing resilient, life-cycle energy solutions. With the ESPC, Southland Energy enhanced Fort Riley’s ability to accomplish critical missions, while making a positive impact for service members. 

“Southland Energy is proud to support Fort Riley in their efforts to reduce operating costs, improve infrastructure and resiliency, and to achieve their energy and water conservation goals,” said Nello Tortora, Director of Energy, Southland Energy “This project significantly improves the facilities that support the soldiers and mission of the 1st Infantry Division. In addition to the positive results of the first ESPC on Fort Riley, we recently completed a Phase 2 ESPC, which further reduces operating costs and improves infrastructure. We look forward to continuing the collaboration and partnership we have with Fort Riley, the Army Corps of Engineers and all stakeholders in this ESPC.” 

Southland Energy Selected as Member of Qualified Energy Audit Firms List by the Oregon Department of Energy

Portland, OR

September 25, 2020 — Southland Energy recently announced that it has been selected as a member of the Qualified Energy Audit Firms List by the Oregon Department of Energy and is now able to perform energy audits through the Oregon Department of Energy for public K–12 schools. 

In Oregon, school districts are encouraged to ensure that any energy audit firm selected to complete work is qualified to perform the requested, specific audit services in order for the school district to be eligible for reimbursement through allocated funds. As a qualified ESCO, Southland Energy is able to perform work in partnership with local Southland companies, TCM and Envise, providing energy audit services for Oregon schools.  

“This is an exciting opportunity for Southland Energy and our other Southland Companies, TCM and Envise, to support the energy needs of the public schools in Oregon. The goal is to reduce energy usage and save money all the while improving the work environment where the students can thrive,” said Dan Heichelbech, President of TCM. 

Southland Energy is a member of the Qualified Energy Audit Firm List until October 31, 2022. For all Oregon-related, state projects, please contact Trevor Marugg, Senior Account Consultant, at tmarugg@enviseco.com or 503.488.1780.  

About TCM

Founded in 1953 and acquired in 2014, TCM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southland Industries and one of the Northwest’s largest Mechanical and Plumbing systems experts offering a “One Team,” “Connected Solutions” approach.

About Envise

As a building management systems integrator, Envise unites analytics, building automation, and equipment lifecycle management. Resulting in higher building performance, the organization’s integrated, data-driven approach helps improve facilities throughout the building lifecycle. Helping to manage both facilities and budgets, the knowledgeable experts at Envise form long-term, collaborative partnerships to meet customers’ goals and deliver customized building solutions.

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. 

Media Contact

Dan Navarrete 

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

703.834.5570

dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Southland Energy Selected as Member of ESCO Qualified Pool List for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

San Diego, CA

August 24, 2020 – Southland Energy recently announced that it has been selected as a preferred Energy Services Company (ESCO) and is now a member of the ESCO Qualified Pool list for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Formally recognized as an organization that has all the necessary capabilities including project and quality management, engineering, design, and construction, Southland Energy will have the opportunity to provide services to assist the CDCR in the implementation and execution of energy efficiency projects at CDCR institutions statewide and help achieve their goal of capitalizing on energy efficiency opportunities through retrofits using performance contracts.

With 34 facilities that include kitchens, dormitories, indoor and outdoor lighting, and more, Southland Energy has the opportunity to be selected for potential energy efficiency projects, work with the CDCR to identify and assess possible energy efficiency measures, and perform Investment Grade Audits (IGAs) for awarded projects.

Southland Energy is a member of the ESCO Qualified Pool list for the CDCR through August 2022.

Department of Veterans Affairs Selects Utility Systems Solutions, Inc. (US2) and Partner Southland Energy for ESPC Contract

Dulles, VA | Southland Energy

June 23, 2020 — US2 and Southland were recently awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The US2 and Southland Team is part of a list of four SDVOSBs – large company teams awarded this contract.

With the ability to contract directly with the VA, the US2 and Southland Team will be able to help the VA meet their mandated energy reduction and resilience goals, enhance existing facility infrastructure, and achieve energy security. The ESPC projects will also contribute to improving the overall environment and care for veterans and their families at medical centers and hospitals nationwide.

Benji Brosch, President and CFO of US2, and Nello Tortora, Director of Federal Programs for Southland Energy, jointly stated: “Our team is honored to be working together with the Department of Veterans Affairs to help achieve energy efficiency and security and their important goal of enhancing the quality of care and service they provide America’s veterans. With our team’s extensive performance-based energy efficiency experience and history of excellence with innovative engineering, construction, service, and energy service solutions, we are well positioned to bring significant facility improvements to the VA, while saving energy and reducing costs.”

About US2

US2 provides national construction, energy conservation, and maintenance services for federal agencies with a focus in mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) upgrades. Since 2005, US2 has successfully completed over $100M in prime contract awards utilizing a team of project management professionals, professional engineers, certified energy managers, pipefitters, plumbers, electricians, and service technicians. With a unique expertise in steam system monitoring, US2 provides remote steam system monitoring for 17 federal facilities across the United States.

Southland Energy Selected for an Energy Services Company Award

Portland, OR 

June 1, 2020 – Southland Energy recently announced that it has been selected for an Energy Services Company (ESCO) award by the Oregon Department of Energy and is now pre-qualified to be able to perform comprehensive energy, waste management, and associated capital improvements for state and local agencies including cities, municipalities, state institutions, school districts, public universities, and other state-owned buildings.

In Oregon, state agencies that want to use an Energy Services Performance Contract (ESPC) for energy services work are required to use a firm from the pre-qualified list of ESCOs. As a selected ESCO, Southland Energy is able to perform work in partnership with local Southland companies, TCM and Envise, providing energy services for Oregon government entities.

Already a national ESCO, Southland Energy is now able to execute comprehensive energy, waste management, and associated capital improvements as well as infrastructure upgrades for Oregon state agencies.

“This is a great opportunity for Southland Energy and our other Southland Companies, TCM and Envise, to support the energy needs of the state of Oregon. We’re excited to be established as an ESCO in Oregon and to bring our experience as a national ESCO home.” – Dan Heichelbech, President of TCM

The ESCO award went into effect in May of 2020 and is valid for two years with options for renewal. For all Oregon-related, state projects, please contact Trevor Marugg, Senior Account Consultant, at tmarugg@enviseco.com or 503.488.1780.

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.

About TCM

Founded in 1953 and acquired in 2014, TCM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southland Industries and one of the Northwest’s largest Mechanical and Plumbing systems experts offering a “One Team,” “Connected Solutions” approach.

Media Contact

Dan Navarrete

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

703.834.5570

dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Southland Energy Selected to Perform Energy Upgrades on Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Dauphin Island, AL | Southland Energy

April 9, 2020 — Southland Energy recently announced that the company has been selected to perform a campus-wide energy and infrastructure upgrade project at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama.

Appointed and approved by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab board of directors – a quorum of 23 public and private universities in Alabama – Southland Energy will develop an energy savings performance contract to implement energy conservation measures and infrastructure improvements on the marine science center.

“We have initiated an investment-grade audit of all facilities,” said Nello Tortora, Director of Southland Energy. “When completed, this project will help the sea lab achieve enhanced reliability for its research laboratories.”

When complete, the project will significantly reduce energy and operational costs as well as provide critical infrastructure upgrades for this remote facility.

The project’s anticipated start date has not been announced.

About Southland Energy
As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a national provider of performance-based facility life-cycle solutions.  We reduce our client’s operating expenses, renew their Infrastructure, and make their facilities more resilient through a self-performance delivery model.

 

Media Contact
Dan Navarrete
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
703.834.5570
dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Southland Energy Appoints Roxanne Fong as Director of Utility Programs

San Diego, CA | Southland Energy

March 30, 2020 – Southland Energy recently appointed Roxanne Fong as Director of Utility Programs. In her new role, Ms. Fong will lead Southland’s growth strategy for the utilities sector by developing partnerships to deliver energy and infrastructure solutions and services.

Ms. Fong brings over 30 years of experience working in the utilities industry to her new role. Throughout her career, she’s developed and implemented various programs to help government and commercial clients meet their energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability goals. In her most recent role, she led PG&E’s New Revenue Development (NRD) business development team, which developed and implemented over $300 million in design-build energy projects.

Ms. Fong graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Business and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is also Six Sigma Green and Black Belt certified from Villanova University. Before joining Southland Energy, Ms. Fong was recognized as a Supplier Diversity Champion and served on the Board of Directors for the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) from 2008–2018.

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a national provider of facility life-cycle solutions. Creating tailored solutions to meet unique challenges and needs, Southland Energy reduces clients’ operating expenses, renews their infrastructures, and makes their facilities more resilient through a self-performance delivery model.

Media Contact

Dan Navarrete
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
703.834.5570
dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Southland Energy Supports Clients with Continuity of Critical Operations During Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

San Diego, California | Southland Energy

Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, Southland Energy is providing clients with the ability to maintain continuity of operations. As challenges with work and personnel evolve during this crisis, Southland Energy is continuing to perform critical work that supports clients’ essential operations.

“During these trying times, it’s very important that we continue working with our clients to maintain their critical operations and ensure that they have a safe working environment,” said Anthony Roner, Vice President of Southland Energy.

Adhering to CDC and government guidelines, Southland Energy is continuing to deliver essential services and project deliverables and is committed to protecting the health and safety of individuals related to projects by executing the necessary and recommended precautions.

Additionally, Southland Energy has a Coronavirus Crisis Management Team to provide an internal companywide COVID-19 response.

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a national provider of facility life-cycle solutions. Creating tailored solutions to meet unique challenges and needs, Southland Energy reduces clients’ operating expenses, renews their infrastructures, and makes their facilities more resilient through a self-performance delivery model.

Media Contact

Dan Navarrete
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
703.834.5570
dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Southland Energy to Perform $11.6M Water Treatment Facility Retrofit for City of San Luis Obispo

December 18, 2019

San Luis Obispo, CA

Southland Energy today announced it has been awarded a comprehensive energy and infrastructure retrofit project for the City of San Luis Obispo’s water treatment facility.

In partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southland will upgrade aging infrastructure, implement energy upgrades, and install backup generation to improve the facility’s resilience.

Slated for completion in March of 2021, the $11.6 million effort will reduce energy and operational costs, address critical deferred maintenance backlog, and help the City achieve its sustainability goals.

“This project is an excellent example of how a municipality can partner with its serving utility through a public private partnership to improve infrastructure and sustainability,” said Anthony Roner, Vice President, Southland Energy. “Southland is proud to be part of the team and looks forward to working with PG&E and the City of San Luis Obispo to deliver this important project.”