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Paterson Public School District and ESG Announce Innovative Building Improvements

Paterson Public School District and ESG Announce Innovative Building Improvements

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

 

Comprehensive energy and infrastructure upgrades will increase efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance learning environments

 

Paterson, N.J. (February 7, 2018) – Paterson Public Schools and Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider, announced a $14.5 million Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) that will include comprehensive energy efficiency and infrastructure improvements for 17 schools. The project, which will begin in July 2018, is anticipated to result in savings of over $20 million over the 18-year term of the contract and will measurably improve the learning environment and reduce the District’s carbon footprint.

 

The ESIP is entirely paid for by energy savings, thereby not requiring additional budget dollars from the District. This project, which marks the first phase of a two-phase ESIP, includes energy and infrastructure upgrades at the elementary and middle schools while the next phase, currently in the early stages of Requests for Proposals, will include the high schools. By the end of 2019, all schools in the district will have received energy efficient upgrades.

 

Working closely with the District, ESG designed a project scope comprised of energy conservation measures that strongly aligned with core objectives centered on improving learning environments, enhancing facilities management, increasing sustainability, and replacing aging equipment to reduce maintenance costs. The wide range of proposed building improvements includes a new building energy management system, the replacement of pneumatic controls with new direct digital controls, and utilizing a unified web-based front-end system. Building envelope, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, and energy metering upgrades will be included at all schools. Steam traps in all steam schools will be replaced, and domestic water heaters will be upgraded to high-efficiency units in multiple schools. Other proposed improvements include adding cooling for the gymnasiums in Schools 2 and 10 and the auditorium in School 4, replacing the steam boiler at School 20 with new high-efficiency units, converting steam-to-hot-water units in Schools 10 & 24, and replacing rooftop and air handling units currently serving the auditorium, library, and administrative offices at Schools 20, 21, and 27.

 

The project also includes innovative technologies for renewable energy and onsite generation of electricity. ESG will install combined heat and power (CHP) units at Schools 10 and 24 and a black-start unit, which will enable the District to utilize waste heat to heat the buildings and provide backup power to specific circuits at the schools. At no additional cost to the District, ESG will also install solar photovoltaic panels in ten schools, thereby helping reduce the District’s electric spend by approximately $3.3 million over the term of the project while affording students an educational opportunity to see renewable energy solutions firsthand.

 

“Our district has been steadfast in its commitment to provide safe, caring, and nurturing learning environments for our children,” said Acting Superintendent, Eileen Shafer. “The ESIP project is one more important step towards our achieving this critical goal, and we have the added benefit of becoming much more energy efficient.”

 

Oshin Castillo, Paterson’s Board of Education President, added, “This city has over 20 school buildings that are over 90 years old.  Our children deserve to receive a quality education in facilities that meet 21st Century learning standards. Through this energy savings program, we are making well-overdue infrastructure upgrades to our aging school facilities.”

 

As a result of these improvements, Paterson Public Schools will reduce its carbon footprint by more than 2,800 tons of carbon dioxide which is equivalent to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 650 passenger vehicles, conserving enough energy to power over 280 homes, or planting about 725 acres of forest.

 

“ESG is proud to partner with Paterson Public Schools to design and implement these innovative energy and infrastructure improvements,” said Greg Collins, ESG President. “We commend the school district and the school board for their leadership and commitment to promoting energy efficiency, sustainability, and exceptional learning environments for Paterson students, teachers, and staff.”

 

“Underscoring Paterson’s meaningful investment in its students and community, our partnership with the District is based on a long-term commitment to advancing academic excellence and quality learning environments,” said Valerie Moran, ESG Senior Account Executive. “Our project will also include a community engagement platform through a dedicated project website to keep everyone informed about the project’s progress and benefits,” added Moran. “We are especially excited for students to see innovative renewable energy and sustainability measures firsthand and to help promote science through STEM programs and educational materials.”

 

Paterson Public Schools is the second largest school district in New Jersey with over 28,000 students from pre-k through grade 12. The district's mission is to prepare all children for college and career...together we can! For more information, visit http://www.paterson.k12.nj.us/.

 

Energy Systems Group (ESG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation, 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 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.

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Terry Corallo, Paterson Public Schools

Tel: (973) 321-2430

Email: tcorallo@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

Meram El Ramahi, Energy Systems Group

Tel: (812) 492-3734

Email: mramahi@energysystemsgroup.com

 

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City of Oakland Park Announces Smart Metering Program

City of Oakland Park Announces Smart Metering Program

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

 

Infrastructure upgrades will reduce costs, increase revenue, and enhance customer service

 

Oakland Park, Fla. – The City of Oakland Park announced that it has awarded a $6.4 million guaranteed performance contract to Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider, to develop a comprehensive scope of energy efficiency and infrastructure solutions, the first phase of which is a smart metering program.  The meter infrastructure upgrades will enhance customer service, provide early leak detection, increase revenue, provide needed code compliance of backflow prevention, and reduce operating costs. Meter upgrades will begin in 2018.

 

Like many municipalities with older piping and metering infrastructure, the City of Oakland Park’s meter systems are a source of revenue loss due to water leaks that are difficult to diagnose. Moreover, the costs of manual meter reading and vehicle maintenance have been rising. By installing smart metering technology, data will be collected directly from the meters through a cellular network, reducing the need for manual reading. In addition to the convenient and accurate data collection, the technology has alert capabilities, thereby providing real-time notifications about system leaks, meter tampering, and backflows.

 

The program will also include a communications platform to help keep the local community informed about the program schedule, benefits, and overall impact via a website and mailers.  ESG estimates that the project will result in approximately $15.5 million dollars of cost savings over the 15-year contract term. 

 

“Our City leadership identified smart metering as a long-term cost savings and water conservation measure during the fiscal year 2018 budget process,” said City of Oakland Park’s Public Works Director Albert Carbon. “Oakland Park is committed to making process improvements that maximize our operating efficiency and make the most effective use of our natural resources. Our city is in the midst of significant redevelopment and we project continued population growth. Smart metering is an important component of improving our infrastructure and will help Oakland Park become a greener community.”

 

“ESG is proud to partner with the City of Oakland Park to implement these metering infrastructure improvements,” said Tracie Lampton, ESG Business Development Manager. “We commend the City Commission for their leadership and commitment to promoting economic growth, modernized infrastructure, and sustainability for the Oakland Park community.”

 

Energy Systems Group (ESG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation, 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 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.

 

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Picatinny Arsenal Awards Cogeneration Project to Energy Systems Group

Picatinny Arsenal Awards Cogeneration Project to Energy Systems Group

Thursday, November 09, 2017

 

Pictured left from right: Brigadier General Alfred F. Abramson III, Senior Commander; Jordan Gillis, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy and Environment; Steven Spanbauer, Senior Vice President, Energy Systems Group; and Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Ivey, Garrison Commander.

 

Pictured left from right: Brigadier General Alfred F. Abramson III, Senior Commander; Jordan Gillis, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy and Environment; Steven Spanbauer, Senior Vice President, Energy Systems Group; and Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Ivey, Garrison Commander.

 

Upgrades funded by savings are enhancing mission resiliency, strengthening energy security, and supporting future Arsenal capabilities

 

Wharton, NJ. (November 9, 2017) – Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC), recently joined officials from Picatinny Arsenal to break ground on a $16.6 million Department of the Army Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project, awarded to ESG in July 2017, for energy infrastructure improvements at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. Attendees included Jordan Gillis, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy and Environment; Brigadier General Alfred F. Abramson III, Senior Commander; Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Ivey, Garrison Commander; Fred Hankerson, Deputy to the Garrison Commander; and Richard Havrisko, Picatinny Department of Public Works Director. As the Joint Center of Excellence for Armaments and Munitions, Picatinny Arsenal provides products and services to all branches of the U.S. military through its staff of more than 6,000 that specializes in the research, development, acquisition, production, and lifecycle management of advanced weapon systems and ammunition.

 

This project enables Picatinny Arsenal to address critical infrastructure and facility needs that would otherwise be deferred until appropriated resources became available. In addition to the extensive mechanical scope, the project includes a gas-fired, 2-megawatt cogeneration plant to enhance mission assurance through resilient energy capabilities.

 

"Bringing this cogeneration project online at Picatinny Arsenal is a great example of the Army's energy resilience strategy in action," Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Jordan Gillis stated at the November 7th commissioning ceremony for the Army's latest Combined Heat and Power project. "Picatinny provides critical support to the Army, and these cogeneration infrastructure upgrades that you see today, enhance the Arsenal's and the Army's goals to be a ready force. Army installations are prioritizing energy and water security to ensure available, quality power and water are on hand to sustain critical missions for a minimum of 14 days. This project received unprecedented collaboration to ensure it remained financially viable,” added Mr. Gillis. “Thanks to an enhanced utility commodity price from New Jersey Natural Gas, this project's life cycle cost analysis came in strong. The project has been submitted for a $2 million incentive credit from the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, which provides confidence to investors that cogeneration projects are attractive and viable.”

 

Mr. Gillis further added, “In the future, this facility has the capability to be fitted with back-up propane, which will enable it to withstand a potential cut-off of its natural gas supply. Increasing fuel diversity further diversifies our assurance that when we require power, it will be there. Installation energy resilience enables Army Readiness and the Army's Multi-Domain Warfighting Strategy. It benefits the Army, the surrounding community, and the Nation. To help context the size of this project, based on its 2MW size, this project will deliver enough power to operate the equivalent of 2,000 standard-sized residential homes on a cold winter day. It is a phenomenal addition to Picatinny's operational enhancement."

 

ESG has previously implemented seven ESPC projects at Picatinny Arsenal and is currently implementing operations and maintenance services under an ongoing Arsenal Wide Maintenance contract.  The ESPC projects implemented by ESG have earned six Annual Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Awards. 

 

“ESG is honored to support Picatinny Arsenal and the Army,” said Steve Spanbauer, Senior Vice President of Energy Systems Group. “This project expands and builds upon the work ESG has already completed at the Arsenal, further helping Picatinny increase mission resiliency, reduce energy consumption, and update infrastructure,” added Spanbauer. “We applaud the Army’s leadership in implementing innovative solutions by which all of the infrastructure improvements are paid for from savings; this is good for the U.S. Army, U.S. businesses, and U.S. taxpayers."

 

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.

 

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Town of Niskayuna Completes Milestone in Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades

Town of Niskayuna Completes Milestone in Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 

Water Resource Recovery Project

 

Water Resource Recovery Project

 

New Ultraviolet System Will Help Disinfect Wastewater Prior to Release to Mohawk River

 

 

Niskayuna, N.Y. (October 18, 2017) – Niskayuna Town Supervisor Joe Landry today announced that a new ultraviolet (UV) system at the Niskayuna Wastewater Treatment Plant went into service and began disinfecting the wastewater effluent prior to release to the nearby Mohawk River. This new UV system replaces a chlorine-gas disinfection system that was more than 30 years old, thereby improving disinfection capabilities and eliminating chlorine disinfection byproducts from being released into the Mohawk River. This system is one of several upgrades implemented by Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and prime contractor of a multi-year project that will include comprehensive improvements to the Town of Niskayuna’s) wastewater treatment plant. The new systems will improve treatment during storms and wet weather, ensuring the protection of the nearby Mohawk River.

 

“These enhancements will modernize the various mechanical and electrical systems at the plant and afford additional environmental protections for the Mohawk River,” stated Niskayuna Town Supervisor Joe Landry. “We look forward to working with ESG to deliver the best project for our residents.”

 

“This is another step in our ongoing commitment to improve the town's infrastructure. I am very proud of this project,” said Councilwoman Denise Murphy McGraw, Chair of the Public Works Committee. “It's been a great collaborative effort and I'm excited about the next steps.”

 

“Energy Systems Group is proud to partner with the Town of Niskayuna to implement these innovative infrastructure improvements that will make the wastewater treatment plant more efficient as well as help protect the Mohawk River,” said Greg Collins, ESG President. “We commend the town leadership for their innovative and strategic vision for promoting economic growth, environmental conservation, and sustainability.”

 

This UV system marks another milestone in completion of the Town’s modernization infrastructure project at its Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project centers on ensuring the facility effectively treats what enters it during storms and other “high flow” events. The plant’s new ability to produce energy on-site will make it an energy net zero facility. Other completed upgrades include the installation of baffles in the primary clarifiers and the construction and operation of a wet weather equalization tank. Upgrades geared for completion later this year include the installation of new secondary clarifiers.

 

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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 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.

 

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Glenville State College Saves Energy and Resources

Glenville State College Saves Energy and Resources

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

 

Largest GSC Campus-wide Energy Efficiency Project Exceeds Savings and Sustainability Goals

 

Glenville, W.Va. – Energy savings data reports indicate that Glenville State College (GSC) exceeded the anticipated impact of its campus-wide energy efficiency and facility modernization project by approximately $184,000 in the first two years since the project’s completion.

 

Underscoring its commitment to advancing education, economic growth, and community development, Glenville State College selected Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy service provider, to implement the largest campus-wide improvement project in GSC’s history. The $4.1 million project, completed in 2014, included comprehensive energy efficiency and building improvements to reduce energy costs, modernize building systems and technologies, and enhance the environment.

 

Working with local subcontractors and vendors, Energy Systems Group implemented a wide range of energy efficiency and infrastructure improvements in 13 campus buildings, spanning approximately 608,500 square feet, including the President’s House and the Community Center. The improvements, expected to result in more than $176,000 of energy savings annually over the 15-year term of the contract, included lighting upgrades, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system upgrades, window replacements, a demand response program, and the conversion of gas wells to feed GSC facilities directly.

 

By implementing these key facility modernization measures, Glenville State College will reduce its carbon footprint by more than 1,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to generating enough electricity to power more than 150 homes or planting more than 1,300 acres of forest.

 

“This is an excellent result for Glenville State College, both financially and environmentally,” said Dr. Peter Barr, President of Glenville State College. “Energy Systems Group has done a great job helping us reach our goal of being a more energy-efficient and sustainable campus,” added Barr. “These improvements, which were primarily funded by energy savings, allowed Glenville State College to enhance the learning environment for students and more efficiently allocate financial resources, all while becoming a more environmentally responsible campus.” “ESG was also instrumental in helping GSC qualify for a zero percent $1 million loan through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.”

 

“It’s really no surprise that this project is delivering as promised and more,” said Tom Ratliff, Executive Director of the Physical Plant for Glenville State College. “Our facilities are not only more comfortable to be in, yet these improvements have also dramatically improved the aesthetics of campus buildings, and helped us achieve a solid foundation for continuing sustainability efforts.”

 

“We commend Dr. Barr and the Glenville State College facilities team for pioneering this innovative approach and vision to making GSC a more sustainable, modernized, and environmentally responsible campus,” said Audra Blackwell, ESG Business Development Manager. “ESG is proud to be part of GSC’s continued academic success and to help promote energy conservation and facility modernization on campus.”

 

To learn more about the Glenville State College energy efficiency project, visit www.energysystemsgroup.com/gsc.

 

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 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.

 

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Meram El Ramahi, Energy Systems Group                                                 

Tel: (812) 492-3734

Email: mramahi@energysystemsgroup.com

 

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Energy Systems Group Awarded U.S. DOE IDIQ Contract for Federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts

Energy Systems Group Awarded U.S. DOE IDIQ Contract for Federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts

Monday, June 05, 2017

 

Contract allows for Energy Systems Group to continue developing energy and water infrastructure projects through the U.S. DOE ESPC program

 

Newburgh, Ind. – Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) announced that it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ESG is one of 21 companies awarded the $55 billion IDIQ contract to develop new energy and water savings projects for federal facilities.

 

“ESG is honored to continue serving federal customers as a DOE IDIQ ESPC contractor,” said Steve Spanbauer, Senior Vice President of Energy Systems Group. “We look forward to developing innovative energy and water infrastructure projects that help federal agencies meet their mission-critical needs while increasing energy security, enhancing energy efficiency resiliency, and facilitating the necessary financing, with no required initial cost.”

 

The new IDIQ contract, awarded to ESG on April 27, has a base period of five years and one 18-month extension period. The maximum contract ceiling amount of $55 billion will be shared by all contract holders. The DOE expects the new IDIQ to be used for investments resulting in federal infrastructure improvements, energy savings, and job creation.

 

ESG is a longstanding DOE ESPC IDIQ contractor, developing a number of leading projects through the contract, including the design and construction of the first ever combined heat and power (CHP) facility for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Located at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC), the CHP facility is capable of operating as an islanded microgrid, providing energy for critical mission operations such as the International Space Station Mission Control in the event of a utility power disruption. The CHP facility and chilled water plant improvements will save approximately $141 million over a 22-year operating term.

 

ESG is also completing a $70.3 million ESPC project, signed in December 2016, at Naval Base Coronado's Naval Air Station North Island. Upon completion, the project is anticipated to save over 36 million gallons of water annually, and will generate over $187 million in savings over the contract term.

 

“ESPCs such as those ESG is completing at NASA JSC and Naval Base Coronado help federal agencies meet their energy reduction goals and achieve innovative energy and water infrastructure upgrades that reduce costs and replace dated equipment with new and efficient systems,” added Spanbauer. “Funding these upgrades through energy savings is good for the federal government, U.S. business, and the U.S. taxpayer.”

 

"This program highlights how the public and private sector partnerships can align with the Administration's objectives for increased energy efficiency and job creation without burdensome regulations," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. "A key component is that these energy and water efficiency projects at federal facilities pay for themselves, and the hope is that all federal agencies will utilize this financing method to the fullest extent." 

 

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.

 

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USCG Base Portsmouth Wins Award for Upgraded Infrastructure and First Ever Homeland Security Microgrid Study

USCG Base Portsmouth Wins Award for Upgraded Infrastructure and First Ever Homeland Security Microgrid Study

Thursday, May 18, 2017

 

Upgrades funded by savings are strengthening energy security, enhancing mission resiliency, and supporting future microgrid capabilities  

 

Portsmouth, Va. – The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Base Portsmouth Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) team received the 2016 USCG Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Readiness (SEER) Award in the Overall Sustainability Category as well as the SEER Team Category for the Energy Track. In early fiscal year 2016, Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC), worked with the Base through Dominion Virginia Power’s (Dominion) UESC program to develop, design, and build the multi-phase UESC-funded project, including the first microgrid feasibility study within the Department of Homeland Security.

 

“Base Portsmouth is excited to see the completion of construction on our UESC after nearly 10 years of planning for the conversion to natural gas,” said USCG Base Portsmouth Facilities Engineer, Lieutenant Commander Colleen Symansky, adding, “In addition to the USCG UESC team, the work of Dominion and ESG was integral to the successful completion of all energy conservation measures (ECMs) on the project. In just the past few months we've seen significant savings in utility and heating costs as well as numerous environmental benefits.”

 

The UESC project included over $8.4 million in capital improvements and the conversion of multiple boilers to natural gas heating, thereby eliminating the annual consumption of propane and #2 fuel by 11,005 and 111,000 gallons respectively. This allowed for the removal of 16 outmoded above ground storage tanks and eliminated the Base's requirements to have a Facility Response Plan with the State of Virginia. Further, more than four million gallons of water will be saved annually due to the installation of new water fixtures, while new lighting fixtures will save more than 1,000 man hours of maintenance per year.

 

The microgrid study completed helps establish a deliberate pathway towards resiliency and energy independence across all of Base Portsmouth’s missions and commands. The UESC installation of a 1.2 megawatt peak shaving generator not only lowers the Base utility rate and supports future microgrid capabilities, it is also associated with new switchgear that improves worker safety and stabilizes commercial electrical power.

 

“Dominion is pleased to support the United States Coast Guard in new energy infrastructure projects that will increase reliability, resiliency, and efficiency for Base Portsmouth,” stated Eric Tatum, Manager of Federal Energy Solutions at Dominion. “In addition, this project enables Base Portsmouth to reduce operating costs and contribute to mission assurance. We all have a critical role to play in regards to energy conservation measures which will lead to reduced energy consumption by the installation.”

 

USCG Base Portsmouth’s mission includes coordinating regional mission support activities within the 5th Coast Guard District. The Base is home to 26 tenant commands and provides medical, communication, engineering, and logistical support for more than 160 Coast Guard units in six states and Washington D.C., including six medium-endurance cutters and two buoy tenders homeported at the Base. As such, energy resiliency is a necessary characteristic of its utility infrastructure.

 

Growing concerns about electric grid vulnerability, uncertainty about the cost of fuel, and the increase in the development of distributed generation, have led many federal agencies and sub-agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S Coast Guard, to reconsider energy security and resiliency strategies for their critical missions and operations at various bases and stations, including Base Portsmouth. U.S Coast Guard Energy Management Policy mandates enhance operations, strengthen fuel logistics reliability and flexibility, as well as enhance energy security in all new energy projects.

 

“ESG is honored to support the United States Coast Guard and their important mission through the design and installation of energy and water infrastructure upgrades,” said Steve Spanbauer, Senior Vice President of Energy Systems Group. “Helping the Coast Guard and DHS develop a microgrid plan furthers their goal of true energy resilience,” added Spanbauer.  “We applaud the Coast Guard’s innovative contracting approach by which all of the infrastructure improvements and microgrid plan are paid for from savings; this is good for the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. business, and the U.S. taxpayer."

 

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.

 

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Niskayuna Celebrates Earth Day with Ceremony Highlighting Infrastructure Improvements at Wastewater Treatment Plant

Niskayuna Celebrates Earth Day with Ceremony Highlighting Infrastructure Improvements at Wastewater Treatment Plant

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

 

Upgrades will improve operational efficiency and help protect the Mohawk River

 

Niskayuna, N.Y. – Niskayuna Town Supervisor Joe Landry was joined by state, county and town officials and representatives from Energy Systems Group (ESG) and their design and construction team today to commemorate upgrades underway at the Niskayuna Wastewater Treatment Plant. The new systems will improve treatment during storms and wet weather, ensuring the protection of the nearby Mohawk River. The plant upgrades address much needed infrastructure renewal and will improve operational efficiency and reduce the wastewater treatment plant’s carbon footprint by incorporating renewable energy.

 

The Town of Niskayuna partnered with ESG, a leading energy services provider, to serve as the prime contractor of a multi-year project that will include improvements to its 3 million gallons per day (MGD) wastewater treatment plant. In addition to meeting New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) wet weather management obligations, the plant improvements will expand the plant’s treatment capacity to 3.5 MGD, positioning Niskayuna for future economic growth.

 

“I am very pleased to celebrate Earth Day by announcing these infrastructure improvements at the Town’s Wastewater Treatment Plant,” stated Niskayuna Town Supervisor Joe Landry.  “These enhancements will modernize the various mechanical and electrical systems at the plant, provide increased plant capacity to enable further residential and business growth, afford additional environmental protections for the Mohawk River, and encourage renewable energy production,” continued Supervisor Landry. “We look forward to working with ESG to deliver the best project for our residents.”

 

Town Councilwoman Denise Murphy McGraw stated, “Today’s groundbreaking is the result of years of effort, collaboration, and ingenuity and represents a significant investment in the future of our community.  I am proud to play a role in this project.”

 

“Niskayuna is a community that believes in science. So, today, that means environmental protection. I congratulate Supervisor Landry and the Town Board on these updates to the Town's wastewater treatment facility,” stated Assemblyman Phil Steck.

 

“Congratulations to the Town of Niskayuna for their forward thinking by not only investing in their infrastructure but reducing their carbon footprint at the same time,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature.  “These improvements will continue all of our efforts to save taxpayers money through a more efficient government while increasing our use of renewable energy.”

 

"New York State’s continued investments in improving wastewater infrastructure to protect waterways like the Mohawk River are essential to strengthening local economies in the region," said DEC Commissioner Seggos. "These improvements will help preserve and protect communities in the Mohawk River watershed and further advance the economic and environmental importance of investing in protecting waterways. I commend the town of Niskayuna for upgrading their wastewater infrastructure and doing so in a manner that reduces the town’s carbon footprint."

 

The initial stage of the project will center on meeting the NYSDEC wet weather management obligations which will ensure the facility effectively treats what enters it during storms and other “high flow” events.  Future phases of work will include upgrades of major treatment processes and facility infrastructure.  One aspect of the project will leverage the existing anaerobic digesters’ excess capacity to accept organic waste, produce additional biogas, and use it as fuel for onsite electricity production. The plant’s new ability to produce energy on-site will make it an energy net zero facility, and will create a new source of revenue for the town from the receipt of the organics.

 

“Energy Systems Group is proud to partner with the Town of Niskayuna to implement these innovative infrastructure improvements that will make the wastewater treatment plant more efficient as well as help protect the Mohawk River,” said Greg Collins, ESG President. “This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day, and we commend the town leadership for their innovative and strategic vision for promoting economic growth, environmental conservation, and sustainability.”

 

Energy Systems Group (ESG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation, 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 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.

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Nicole Salamone, Town of Niskayuna                                                     

Tel: (518) 386-4516

Email: nsalamone@niskayuna.org

 

Meram El Ramahi, Energy Systems Group

Tel: (812) 492-3734

Email: mramahi@energysystemsgroup.com

 

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Energy Systems Group to Upgrade Infrastructure at Naval Base Coronado

Energy Systems Group to Upgrade Infrastructure at Naval Base Coronado

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

Improvements will Save Energy, Enhance Mission Resiliency and Conserve Water

 

San Diego, California (March 21, 2017) – Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC), recently held a project kick-off meeting for a $70.3 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), signed in December 2016, at Naval Base Coronado's Naval Air Station North Island (NAS North Island). With a mission to support the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet and an emphasis on naval aviation, Naval Base Coronado serves as the home port for two Navy aircraft carriers, hosts 18 aviation squadrons, and supports 140 tenant commands. In an effort to increase energy resiliency and to reduce shore-based operational costs, NAS North Island sought upgrades to provide significant energy and water consumption savings while improving its energy supply and distribution capabilities.

 

"ESPCs, such as this one, help the Navy meet its energy reduction goals and provide infrastructure upgrades in order for us to remove the costly and older central steam and compressed air distribution systems at NAS North Island," stated Dave Curfman, assistant commander for Public Works, Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

 

The overhaul of this necessary infrastructure will enable NAS North Island to better serve the two Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) logistical and industrial operations commands onsite. This includes Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW), a NAVAIR command focused on repairing and maintaining Navy and Marine Corps aircraft for rapid return to the fleet. The resiliency inherent in a more efficient water and energy infrastructure ensures FRCSW and the other NAS North Island tenant operations are able to complete their mission-critical work with a greater sense of water and energy surety at the shore facilities. Upon completion, the project is anticipated to result in energy savings of over 321,000 MMBtu (million British thermal unit) and will save over 36 million gallons of water annually. This project will generate over $187 million in savings over the contract term.

 

"We are excited about making significant progress towards our energy and water conservation goals," said Naval Base Coronado Commanding Officer Captain Scott Mulvehill. "We look forward to the day when the bulk of our aging steam distribution system can be abandoned to be replaced by new and efficient boilers and heating systems."

 

These upgrades will help Naval Base Coronado support the Department of the Navy's overall Shore Energy Management goal of reducing shore energy consumption by 50 percent by 2020 as well as Executive Order 13693 in reducing water intensity by 2 percent per year through 2025.

 

"We are honored to support the United States Navy by installing new energy infrastructure that will directly impact the important mission of Naval Base Coronado," said Steve Spanbauer, senior vice president of Energy Systems Group. "ESG will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the new equipment, allowing the Navy to focus on its mission," added Spanbauer. "Further, this critical project helped the Navy exceed their Federal Performance Contracting Goal, and 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."

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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.

 

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ESG Implements Energy and Water Conservation Improvements at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Largest Navy Installation in the Southeast

ESG Implements Energy and Water Conservation Improvements at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Largest Navy Installation in the Southeast

Thursday, January 26, 2017

 

Jacksonville, Florida – 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). 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 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.”

 

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.”

 

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.

 

“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.

 

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