Saving energy on DoD’s largest joint base

By Connie Braesch DLA Energy Public Affairs

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The U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center announced a new energy savings performance contract to increase energy resiliency at the Department of Defense’s largest joint base, Joint Base San Antonio in Texas, Sept. 28.

As an execution agent for Joint Base San Antonio and Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Defense Logistics Agency Energy’s Installation Energy team awarded an Energy Savings Performance Contract in support of JBSA.

“An ESPC allows federal agencies to procure energy savings and facility improvements with no up-front capital costs or special appropriations from Congress,” said Jacob Vigil, DLA Energy Installation Energy contracting officer for the project. “It is a partnership between an agency and an energy service company.”

The JBSA ESPC was the result of over two years of collaboration between DLA Energy, JBSA, AFCEC and Ameresco, the selected energy service company.

According to the Air Force, the contract is valued at nearly $143 million and will provide more than $285 million in total cost savings over the 22-year financed term of the contract. The plan calls for upgrades to increase the energy resiliency, efficiency, and reliability of approximately 900 buildings across JBSA, totaling more than 14.5 million square feet. Facilities in the scope of this project will see a 24 percent reduction in energy usage, a reduction in their energy spending by approximately $8.7 million annually.

As an ESPC, DLA Energy will retain contract administration functions working with JBSA, AFCEC and Ameresco over the next 34 month implementation phase to ensure the scope of work is implemented and that JBSA achieves its resiliency and energy intensity reduction goals.

To read the full article, please go to the Air Force’s Civil Engineer Center website.