Siemens recently announced that it has secured a series of federal contracts over the last year that are projected to save the U. S. Government nearly $300 million and reduce energy use to help meet White House sustainability mandates. Since its inception in 2011, Siemens Government Technologies Inc. is participating in dozens of projects in nearly every cabinet agency. From retrofitting the National Mall with LED lighting to upgrading the Pentagon’s largest helicopter repair facility to modernizing U.S. Navy ships with digital upgrades, Siemens is helping save energy and cut costs at a variety of federal agencies, buildings, facilities and installations.
“The federal government is an important customer for Siemens,” said Barbara Humpton, president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies Inc. “We are so proud to work with federal agencies across the U. S. Government, from the U.S. Army to the National Park Service, to ensure their facilities and operations are more resilient, meet the White House energy conservation and sustainability targets, reduce carbon emissions and protect our nation’s security, while saving taxpayer dollars.”
Humpton sees signs of additional federal opportunities in such areas as strengthening energy security at U.S. military installations (for example, with microgrids) and securing government computer networks from cyberattacks. Another trend area is the U.S. Army’s push for combined heat and power (CHP), also known as co-generation. The U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning has issued a challenge for the Army to commission 50 megawatts of new CHP projects annually over the next four years. Smart building technology and infrastructure, Humpton added, will also continue to be federal priorities.
Recent Project Highlights:
Siemens has secured a number of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs), private-public partnerships that are good for our nation’s security, environment and taxpayers. As a leading energy service company (ESCO), Siemens implements strategic projects at federal sites that provide energy and water conservation technologies. The cost of these projects is funded by energy savings generated through these conservation measures. Notable recent ESPC wins by Siemens include:
- An award by the US Army Garrison Hawaii that will provide energy saving improvements to four bases on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Siemens will provide financing in excess of $40 million, which will generate almost $3 million in annual cost savings. This project includes a variety of energy conservation measures, most notably LED lighting, solar thermal hot water systems and new building control systems.
- An award from the National Park Service (NPS) enables Siemens to continue implementing energy & water conservation measures at some of our nation’s most treasured sites in the Washington, D.C. area. This second award builds on a $29 million contract Siemens signed in 2014 that has already worked with the NPS to achieve annual savings of $2 million in taxpayer dollars, 77 million gallons of water, 4,000 tons of CO2 emissions and nearly 6.5 million kwh of electricity.
- An award at the Bruceton, Pennsylvania campus of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an institute within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NIOSH is currently served by a central steam plant and an associated distribution system that have far exceeded their life expectancies and require costly, full-time operational staff. This project will reduce campus energy usage by 54% and water usage by 63%, helping NIOSH meet its agency-mandated goals for energy and water savings.
- An award with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide energy conservation measures such as boiler upgrades at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester, Oklahoma.
- Two modifications to an existing Siemens’ ESPC with the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) will address water and energy infrastructure needs and improve energy efficiency at the Pentagon’s largest helicopter repair facility.
“Energy savings performance contracting has proven to be a cost-effective way for the federal government to meet operational and sustainability goals without impacting taxpayers,” said Dave Hopping, president of Siemens’ North American-based Building Technologies Division. “These upgrades will support the evolving needs of the sites and ensure they are prepared for our country’s needs in the future.”