News | Nov. 24, 2017

DLA Energy receives Department of Energy contracting award

By DLA Energy Public Affairs

The Department of Energy recognized Defense Logistics Agency Energy Installation Energy with the 2017 Federal Energy and Water Management Contracting Award at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 2.  The ceremony honored 27 individuals and teams across 11 federal and Department of Defense organizations.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in conjunction with the Interagency Management Task Force, sponsors the annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations for significant contributions and outstanding achievements in energy and water efficiency, renewable energy implementation, sustainable practices, and fleet and transportation management. The winners of the 2017 awards contributed to saving approximately 6.5 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy, 1.1 million gallons of water, $191.5 million in energy and water costs, and offset 96.7 billion Btu of electricity generated from fossil fuels through the generation and use of renewable energy.

The DLA Energy Installation Energy team received the ‘contracting’ award for its role as the contracting agent for the Fort Hood renewable energy project. The contract was the first DOD hybrid solar and wind renewable energy contract award and is the largest single renewable energy project awarded to date by DLA Energy, encompassing more than 60,000 solar panels and 50 megawatts of wind generation.

“The team will tell you that this project effort was just another day at the office, but it represented a significant achievement in establishing a contract pathway for executing these complex efforts,” said DLA Energy Installation Energy Director Pam Griffith. “We now have new standards of practice and strategies we can use to expand the supply of renewable energy and improve the energy resilience of our installations.”

The Fort Hood renewable energy project also supports the Army’s 2017 Installation Energy and Water Security policy by assuring access to redundant and diverse supply sources, providing reliable infrastructure, and ensuring effective system operation, Griffith said.

Another notable aspect of the effort is the expected cost benefit to Fort Hood and the Army. 

“We estimate the Army will realize $168 million in cost avoidance, as compared to the projected cost of fossil fuel generation, over the 29 year contract term,” said Contracting Officer Andrea Kincaid.

Pam Griffith, Larry Fratis and Chris Archer were in attendance to receive the award. Other team members include Andrea Kincaid and Brandee Hynson along with Christopher Colby and Kelly Tischler from DLA Energy’s Office of Counsel.

“It was an honor to receive this award and recognition from DOE and our energy colleagues for the outstanding effort put forth by our team,” said Griffith. “We look forward to supporting the energy needs of our customers with innovative approaches to ensure a resilient and secure force.”