HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – An Energy Savings Performance Contract awarded by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, is expanding critical energy efficiency and resiliency work at Dyess Air Force Base (AFB) in Abilene, Texas.
The Air Force base will upgrade to newer energy efficiency systems for cooling, heating, lighting and water conservation while simultaneously incorporating enhanced resiliency with new on base power generation and storage capabilities.
All work under the current task order is valued at more than $60 million, paid for by annual energy savings of more than $4.5 million, covering the full cost of implementation over the more than 20-year performance period of the contract awarded to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.
The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, is considered an expert in Energy Savings Performance Contracts for Department of Defense service branches. In consultation with the military installation, an Energy Service Company, or ESCO, provides capital and expertise to make comprehensive energy and water reduction, energy resilience and security efficiency improvements on facilities, and maintains them in exchange for a portion of the generated savings.
The energy efficiency improvements for Dyess AFB will not only reduce total energy consumption but also enhance the total base islanding capability in the event of disruption to the existing utility-connected grid.
New distributed energy resources will be tied in to the two existing power substations on base, with the addition of two new natural gas reciprocating internal combustion engines and a battery energy storage system. The two substations will then be connected via a distributed generation resiliency management system to control the distribution of power across the base – anticipating periods of high demand and leveraging the lowest cost of energy generation available at that time – and conversely reclaiming energy surplus through battery storage when demand is low, to return power to the grid when it’s needed the most.
Dale Adkins, Huntsville Center ESPC project manager for the Dyess project, said the advantages of implementing ESPC projects through Huntsville Center include a standardized and streamlined processes and centralized project management.
“Our dedicated and experienced project development team execute ESPC’s for the Air Force with responsive technical engineering, contracting, and legal support,” Adkins said. “This project not only provides energy savings to the Air Force, but also ensures the Airmen at Dyess Air Force Base are delivering credible, adaptive, and decisive combat power."
The ESCO for the project is Siemens Government Technologies with financing for the project made possible by Siemens Financial Services.
“We’re proud to develop innovative financing solutions that advance energy conservation measures for SGT’s federal clients,” said Anthony Casciano, Siemens Financial Services, Inc. president and CEO. “We look forward to more ESPC projects that promote both energy and cost savings.”
Dyess Air Force Base encompasses more than 6,409 acres with more than 200 facilities and is home to more than 13,000 military and civilian employees.