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.”