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News | Nov. 15, 2022

DLA Energy earns seventh annual Federal Energy and Water Management Award

By Connie Braesch DLA Energy Public Affairs

For the seventh year in a row, the Department of Energy recognized Defense Logistics Agency Energy and multiple employees for their significant contributions to energy and water efficiency within the federal government.

The 2021 and 2022 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards were presented in person at the Energy Exchange Oct. 26. 

“These awards are an excellent way to highlight and recognize the outstanding efforts of our dedicated Installation Energy team members who help advance the mission readiness and energy resilience of our DOD and federal customers,” said Director of DLA Energy Installation Energy Pam Griffith. “We are honored to receive this award for our contracting achievements and leadership in executing exemplary, cost-effective energy and water conservation projects in both 2020 and 2021.”

The 2021 Contracting Award went to DLA Energy Installation Energy employees Keith Carvalho, Pam Griffith, Andrea Kincaid, Cynthia Ralph and Jacob Vigil. In fiscal 2020, these energy savings performance contract contracting team members awarded three task orders and a Phase II modification. These awards represent approximately 50% of the ESPC awards executed on behalf of Defense Department in fiscal 2020. The team also reached full acceptance on five projects in fiscal 2020. In total, these nine awarded and accepted projects, valued at more than $1.4 billion, will provide $618 million in third party investment at Air Force installations in six U.S. states, South Korea, and Japan. The roughly 100 energy conservation measures in these projects will result in annual energy savings of more than 1 trillion Btu.

The 2022 Contracting Award went to DLA Energy Installation Energy employees Christine Bond-Jawish, Keith Carvalho, Andrea Kincaid, Anna Muldowney, Cynthia Ralph, Steven Slater and Jacob Vigil. During fiscal 2021, these team members awarded four task orders and one task order modification in support of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia; Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico; Hurlburt Field, Florida; the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, California; and Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The actions, valued at a total of around $176 million will provide around $118 million in third-party investment to implement 24 energy conservation measures.

Jacob Vigil, Andrea Kincaid and Cynthia Ralph were recognized on both the 2021 and 2022 teams.

Jacob Vigil has been a contracting officer with DLA Energy since 2006 and is currently the DLA Energy Electricity, Renewables, and Energy Savings Performance Contract Division chief. 

“To me, these awards illustrate DLA Energy’s continued excellence and diligence to partner with various stakeholders to award these projects,” Vigil said. “I find personal value that my hard work and sacrifice helps provide installation infrastructure improvements that may not otherwise be achievable, reduces an installation’s energy usage and results in a decrease in carbon emissions.”

Kincaid has been a contracting officer with DLA Energy for 31 years and is currently the DLA Energy Resiliency, Renewables and Energy Savings Performance Contracts Branch chief. 

“This recognition is an extensive collaborative effort between our customers, program offices, technical support and contractors that typically take between 18-24 months to complete,” she said. “This level of recognition truly showcases the breadth of experience within DLA Energy and our working relationships that have been developed with a common goal in mind.”  

DLA Energy recently launched a new comprehensive webpage to outline its efforts to support carbon pollution-free electricity in support of President Biden’s administration’s clean energy goals. DLA Energy is combining its acquisition expertise and strong industry partnerships to help the military services and whole-of-government partners achieve their climate change goals.

“We seek to lead by example to leverage the Department’s scale and procurement power to drive clean, efficient and resilient operations, by continuing to work and develop lasting relationships with developers, technology firms, financiers and others,” Kincaid said.   

You can learn more about DLA Energy’s initiatives on its Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity webpage including fact sheets, a trifold brochure, pictures and examples of clean energy projects at military installations around the world. 

Read about all of DLA Energy’s support of energy savings efforts on the DLA website.