DLA announces Kirtland energy savings performance contractor

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  • By Jessica Echerri
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The Defense Logistics Agency recently released a down selection decision document identifying ESG as the energy services company, or ESCO, chosen to provide services for an energy savings performance contract, or ESPC, at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

One of the goals of the ESPC is to upgrade the installation's energy management control system, or EMCS. An EMCS allows energy functions like lighting and temperature to be controlled, tracked and timed from a central location.

"Simple measures like timing the thermostats to stay off in the middle of the night are a great way to potentially save energy," said Robin Kitson, Air Force Civil Engineer Center project manager.

DLA accepted proposals from all interested ESCOs in October. Kirtland's energy manager and the project manager at AFCEC at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, assisted DLA in determining the best match for the project.

"We are looking forward to completing this ESPC with ESG," Kitson said. "They presented a lot of interesting energy conservation measures in their proposal and I believe they will continue to meet or surpass expectations over the course of the ESPC."

ESG will perform a preliminary assessment, or PA, to provide sufficient information for the Air Force to make a decision on proceeding with the ESPC project. The PA is based on a walk-through audit of the facilities, plus a review of site energy and facility data provided by the base. It will provide a narrative summary, description of likely energy conservation measures, estimates of proposed energy and cost savings, and other information for decision-making.

Under the ESPC model, ESCOs compete to finance, design, construct and manage energy projects, and maintain the systems long-term. ESPCs range from 10 years to a maximum of 25 years, with the Air Force paying the ESCO back over the term of the contract from cost savings garnered by the energy efficiency improvements it make.