A major electrical engineering and electronics firm will implement energy and water conservation measures at two correctional facilities in eastern Kentucky.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has awarded Siemens a $38.6 million contract to conduct 44 projects involving the installation and operation of modern energy and water conservation equipment and automate systems at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland and the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, the company announced May 4.
These projects include replacing aging heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, upgrading lighting and water infrastructure and refrigeration equipment, and replacing a steam facility at the Lexington site. All expenses will be paid for through the energy savings that the company has committed to produce. The projects are expected to pay for themselves in 20 years.
Siemens Government Technology, Inc. will conduct the work through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), an alternative financial mechanism federal agencies can use to reduce energy use and costs by investing in resource conservation measures without incurring capital costs or seeking congressional approval. Many federal agencies, including the Department of Defense conduct ESPCs through public-private partnerships.
The reductions in energy and water use will help the Bureau of Prisons comply with Executive Order 13693 requiring federal agencies to cut energy consumption by 2.5 percent a year and potable water consumption by 2 percent by FY 2025.