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

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

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