FORT BLISS, Texas, Sept. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Substantial energy and water resiliency improvements will soon be underway at Fort Bliss as part of a $58.3 million Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) project awarded by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville in June 2022. The project, a comprehensive resilient power solution expected to decrease energy and water consumption, and provide improved capability to control energy supply and distribution, was awarded to New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Emera Inc., and Energy Systems Group, LLC (ESG), a leading sustainable energy solutions provider and wholly owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. CNP.
"Fort Bliss and the Army are leading the way to find partnerships that provide innovative solutions to energy and water resilience, reduction of consumption, and cost savings." said the Fort Bliss Garrison Commander, COL Jim Brady.
Estimated to save approximately $136.5 million over the performance period, the project scope consists of a micro-grid serving 142 buildings onsite with 102 of those buildings deemed critical to the Fort Bliss mission. The project also includes 15MW Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) with 8MW of battery storage, major LED lighting upgrades, and water resiliency to East Fort Bliss that includes refurbishment of an existing water well and transmission lines connecting the well water supply to East Fort Bliss.
The onsite capabilities being installed as part of this UESC are expected to enhance Fort Bliss' resiliency efforts, as well as support to the electric utility's broader service area by supplying more available capacity to serve utility customers during critical peak load events. As a result, Fort Bliss is expected to be able to leverage the cost savings to implement the micro-grid to provide sustained energy for critical operations and fallback positions for America's warfighters during grid outages.
"Huntsville Center's Energy Division provides an array of services to help installations and other federal agencies increase their energy resiliency and security, including Utility Energy Services Contracting," said Patty Mooneyham, the Center's UESC program manager. "This innovative financing strategy allows organizations to pay for energy-savings upgrades with the cost savings provided by those modifications ultimately saving taxpayers money, helping protect the environment, and defending the nation against cybersecurity attacks."
"New Mexico Gas Company is proud of its partnership with ESG in offering and delivering energy efficiency improvements to federal installations served by our company," said Ryan Shell, NMGC President. "Our team is committed to finding customer solutions that produce positive outcomes."
"ESG applauds New Mexico Gas Company, Fort Bliss, and the Army Corp of Engineers for their dedication to increasing energy resiliency, reliability, and efficiency at our nation's military installations," says Steve Smith, Vice President of ESG's Federal Business Unit. "We are truly honored to be a strategic business partner of the United States Army and New Mexico Gas Company and to provide them a unique, creative approach to the development, construction and on-going maintenance of this mission critical program."
About New Mexico Gas Company
As the largest natural gas distribution utility in the state, NMGC provides service to more than 540,000 homes and businesses and about 1.3 million people throughout New Mexico. NMGC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera Inc. and has more than 700 employees in 26 offices, who are responsible for safely and reliably operating 12,300 miles of pipelines across the state. Visit NMGC's website at www.nmgco.com.
About Energy Systems Group, LLC
ENERGY SYSTEMS GROUP®, a wholly owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., is a leading sustainable energy solutions provider that specializes in energy efficiency, sustainability, resiliency, 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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Bethany R. Smith, FSMPS, CPSM
ESG Strategic Marketing Leader
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