Richmond-based energy company Dominion Energy Inc., commonly referred to as “Dominion”, has been awarded a 22-year contract service contract for Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico. The Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) is worth a whopping 47.9 million dollars. It was the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC ) Washington that provided contracting and technical support, awarding this project on behalf of the Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM). MCB Quantico is a Marine Corps installation located near Triangle, Virginia, and covers about 55,148 acres of Prince William County, Virginia. 

The project is aimed at bolstering energy resiliency at the training facility. Under the said contract, new generators will be installed in order to support critical facilities during emergency operations. Onsite microgrids will be used for this purpose. In addition to this, the existing microturbine system will be renovated. This will reduce both the peak demand at the facility and the cost of electricity incurred by the federal government. The project also calls for HVAC repairs, installation of LED lighting, and upgradation of existing equipment. As per the release by Dominion, these measures are expected to result in energy savings of around $1.6 million per annum. 

Ed Baine, the President of Dominion Energy Virginia, seemed happy about securing the contract. 

“This is a great opportunity for Dominion Energy to provide our industry expertise to enhance energy resiliency and help provide cost savings for MCB Quantico,” said Baine. 

Ed Baine also appreciated the “great work being done by members of the military” and expressed the desire to support their mission. 

The construction of the project is expected to be completed by 28 Feb 2023. The overall contract will last until 1 March 2044. Dominion and Energy Systems Group will provide operation, maintenance, repair, and replacement services at the base throughout the life of the contract. The Energy Systems Group is a nationally recognized energy service company and a subcontractor of Dominion. 

The contract was awarded by NAVFAC Washington through bidding. The move is a part of NAVFAC’s efforts to sign deals for replacing, maintaining, and operating energy infrastructure with utilities that are considerably experienced in providing these services. 

One of the biggest energy utilities in the US in terms of revenue, Dominion has a family of 7 million consumers in 16 states of the country. Founded in 1983, the company today deals with not only the generation and distribution of energy but also natural gas exploration. 

The company, in its press release, reiterated its commitment to sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy. Dominion also plans on reducing its net carbon dioxide and methane emissions to zero by 2050. 

Dominion has been working with the federal government for quite some time now to help it in saving on energy costs, improving reliability and energy resiliency, and with considerable success too. It has privatized eleven installations to date and provided multiple UESCs. 

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