Energy and water conservation improvements are currently underway at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville as part of a $12.6 million project signed in September 2016 and developed by Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC), in partnership with TECO Peoples Gas, an Emera Company (TSX: EMA). ESG is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA).
NAS Jacksonville, one of the Navy’s fastest growing installations, is the largest base in the Navy’s Southeast Region, and the third largest naval installation in the nation. As a master air and industrial base, it supports U.S. and allied forces specializing in anti-submarine warfare and training of the best aviators in the world. Looking to increase energy resiliency in support of its mission and to reduce ashore vulnerabilities, NAS Jacksonville sought upgrades that would decrease energy and water consumption as well as provide improved capability to control its energy supply and distribution.
“This UESC (Utility Energy Service Contract) project represents a critical advancement in support of NAS Jacksonville’s long-standing goal of increasing our energy resiliency,” said NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Sean P. Haley. “We look forward to continuing our efforts to conserve energy while preserving the mission effectiveness of our installation.”
NAS Jacksonville’s energy intensity is expected to be reduced by over 22 percent annually upon completion of project implementation, helping NAS Jacksonville support the Department of the Navy’s overall Shore Energy Management goal of reducing shore energy consumption by 50 percent by 2020.
Estimated to save approximately $14.3 million over the performance period, the project scope includes controls upgrades, high efficiency lighting, transformer upgrades, water conservation measures, and HVAC system upgrades.
“This project is a keystone in NAS Jacksonville’s energy conservation program and it’s expected to save the Navy a substantial amount of energy over the next decade,” said NAS Jacksonville Energy Manager Andrew Rubio. “After this project is constructed, the first year’s energy savings alone (over 30,000 MMBTU) amount to the average annual energy use of more than 800 U.S. homes.”
“The project is also expected to conserve over one million gallons of water annually, or roughly the equivalent of over 625,000 toilet flushes,” Rubio added. “All together, this project should make significant progress for NAS Jacksonville and the Navy toward meeting the Executive Order 13693 mandated targets for energy and water conservation.”
“We are proud to partner with TECO on this innovative project that will increase energy efficiency and resiliency at NAS Jacksonville while modernizing the base’s facilities,” said ESG Senior Vice President Steve Spanbauer. “Along with helping to exceed the Federal Performance Contracting Goal, all of the energy and water infrastructure improvements are paid for from savings; this is good for the U.S. Navy, U.S. business, and the U.S. taxpayer,” added Spanbauer.
Energy Systems Group (ESG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC), is a leading energy services provider that specializes in energy efficiency, sustainability, and infrastructure improvement solutions in the government, education, healthcare, commercial, and industrial sectors. ESG is strongly positioned to develop projects across the full spectrum of federal contracting opportunities, including Energy Savings Performance Contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. ESG is an industry leader in developing and implementing federal government projects under Utility Energy Services Contracts and through public / private partnerships such as Enhanced Use Leases. ESG also offers a full range of sustainable infrastructure solutions including waste-to-energy, distributed generation, and renewable energy. To learn more about ESG, visit www.energysystemsgroup.com.