Con Edison Solutions Starts Two Major Federal Energy Efficiency Projects

Valhalla, New York-based  ConEdison Solutions –a retail provider of energy services to commercial, industrial, and government customers – has signed two major  energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs)  –  one with the Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6) on March 28; and another with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine and Safety Health Administration’s on April 3.

Energy Efficiency at the Veterans Administration

The contract for VISN 6 supports $7.2 million of guaranteed cost savings to the VA in the first year, and more than $4.6 million annually thereafter.  The project has a 15.4 year simple payback.

Seven VA Medical Centers – located in Ashville, North Carolina; Beckley, West Virginia; Durham, North Carolina; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Salisbury, North Carolina; Salem, Virginia; and Richmond, Virginia – totaling more than 6 million square feet will be upgraded.

As the selected energy services company, Con Edison Solutions will deliver an investment-grade audit (which already has been completed), coordinate project financing and implementation; and provide the post-construction services associated with the ESPC.

The planned energy efficiency improvements will affect the centers’:

  • Building envelopes,
  • Air handlers,
  • Chilled water and AC systems,
  • Boilers/boiler systems,
  • Exterior and Interior lighting,
  • Building controls,
  • Plumbing systems and water conservation measures,
  • Distribution systems,
  • Resiliency during utility disruptions, and
  • On-site use of renewables.

“The Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network is dedicated to providing effective, compassionate, safe, and efficient care to our region’s veterans, which in part includes investing in high-quality and cost-effective facilities that will best serve these men and women,” said William Marks Hudson, PE, CEM, VISN 6 Energy manager. “This contracting vehicle not only allows us the opportunity to save energy and dollars, it allows us to upgrade vital infrastructure essential to the delivery of that care.”

Mine and Safety Health Administration ESPC

Con Edison Solutions also will improve energy efficiency at the DOL’s Mine and Safety Health Administration’s (MSHA) 288,000-square-foot facility in Beaver, West Virginia.

The contract supports over $415,000 of guaranteed annual cost savings to the Department of Labor in the first year and over $290,000 thereafter.  The project has a 15.8 year simple payback.

The MSHA works to reduce deaths, injuries, and illnesses in the nation’s mines. As the selected energy services company, ConEdison Solutions is responsible for all phases of MSHA’s ESPC project, including the development and engineering phase, coordinating the project’s financing and implementation, and the post-construction services associated with the ESPC.

Prior to signing the ESPC last December 20, CES developed and finalized an investment grade audit report with MSHA.  ConEdison Solutions evaluated all of the Department of Energy’s 19 Technical Categories of energy efficiency improvements at MSHA, while analyzing the facility’s current energy consumption and potential areas for improvement.

ConEdison Solutions then proposed a number of energy efficiency improvements for MSHA based on its facility’s needs and overall project economics.  Similar to the VA project, this one will make energy upgrades that will affect the facility’s domestic hot water heaters, cooling towers, energy management and controls system, air handling units, lighting improvements, water conservation measures, and vending machine controls.

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