VA Sierra Pacific Energy Management Program - VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21)
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VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21)


VA Sierra Pacific Energy Management Program

Four team members standing in front of large Energy Exchange displayThe VA Sierra Pacific Energy Program is strategically aligned with VA's Mission and VHA Priorities. Updated in accordance with the new Executive Order 14008, "Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad," Executive Order 13990, "Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis," and the U.S. Senate Energy Act of 2020, the VA Sierra Pacific’s Energy Management Program identifies energy and sustainability goals and defines the strategy and objectives for achieving these goals. The VISN Energy Program’s focus is on improving the energy and operational efficiency of facilities by investing in renewable energy projects, along with improving commodity purchasing and operations as well as maintenance practices. The goal of the VA Sierra Pacific Network’s Energy Program is to be a national leader in innovation and sustainability.

The VA Sierra Pacific Network’s Energy Program leverages Alternative Financed Contracts, such as Utility Energy Savings Contracts (UESC) and Energy Savings Performance Contracts in order to overcome budget and resource constraints, and to support the state-of-the-art healing environments and mission-critical facilities which serve our Veterans.

The VISN 21 Energy Program has several alternative financed contracts underway, this includes an $80 million Utility Energy Savings Contract (UESC) with Pacific Gas and Electric. The VISN wide UESC covers seven campuses across three health care systems which include the Central California HCS, Northern California HCS and San Francisco HCS. The VISN wide UESC Investment Grade Audit (IGA) Phase effort included an in depth review and analysis of approximately 130 buildings and 120 Energy Conservation Measures (ECM). The UESC Task Order Award effort includes the development of 40 total Energy Conservation Measures that will accumulate an estimated savings of $2 million per year and a total of 90 MMBTU.

These ECM's include replacing mission critical equipment such as boilers, air handling units, steam traps and campus wide lighting improvements. Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) are also underway at the Las Vegas VA Medical Center and Reno VA Medical Center both ESPCs are in the initial Investment Grade Audit Phase. These projects will also evaluate ECM’s which will enhance the medical center’s Energy Resilience, and Energy Security such as installing Distributed Energy Storage Systems, Renewable Energy Systems , Incorporating Microgrids and enhancing the Cybersecurity of facility related monitoring and control systems.

Executive Laws Orders and Regulations

VA Directives & Handbooks

More information:

Executive Office of Federal Sustainability Federal Energy Management Program Department of Energy - Better Buildings
U.S. Energy Information Administration ARPA-e Changing What's Possible DARPA
Naval Facilities Engineering Command US Army Corps of Engineers Whole Building Design Guide
Navy (Energy Installations and Environment) Air Force Energy Program Army Energy Program
US Coast Guard Energy Program Marine Corps Energy Program NASA Sustainability & Energy
DHS CISA Federally Funded Research & Development Centers SERDP/ESTCP
Energy Exchange Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Association of Energy Engineers and (2019 AEE Presentations)
Association of Healthcare Engineers Practice Green Health National Fire Protection Association
Global Energy Institute and  U.S. House Energy Committee U.S. Senate Energy Committee
National Institute of Standards & Technology DOE STEM Rising and Office of Science National Association of State Energy Officials

Recommended Readings:

2020 DOE Better Buildings Report 2020 Sustainability Fact Book
2020 DOE Advances Medical Technology 2020 US Energy & Employment Report
75 Breakthroughs by America's National Laboratories 2019 Department of Energy Year In Review
2019 Better Buildings Progress Report 2019 Building Technologies Peer Review Report
2019 DOE GEOVison Report 2019 Annual Environmental Justice Progress Report
2019 USACOE State of Infrastructure Report 2019 U.S Electricity Sector Outlook (NREL) Report
2019 Public-Private Analytic Exchange Program 2019 NIH Research Highlights
2018 Department of Energy Year in Review Accelerating Decarbonization of the U.S. Energy System
2017 DOE Quadrennial Energy Review 2015 VA Research Infrastructure Report

VISN 21 Photovoltaic Projects

Fresno VA Medical Center - 111 kW solar PV system
Martinez Outpatient Clinic - ​776 kW solar PV system
​Mather - 218 kW solar PV system
Sacramento VA - ​488 KW Solar PV System
Sacramento VA Medical Center - 218 kW solar PV system
Menlo Park VA Medical Center - ​955 kW solar PV system
​Palo Alto VA Medical Center - 265 kW solar PV system
San Francisco VA Medical Center - ​250 kW solar PV system
Mare Island Outpatient Clinic - 90 kW solar PV system
Las Vegas VA Medical Center - 5,062 kW (DC) and 4,363 kW (AC)

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VISN 21 Energy Program Contacts:

Karina Da Costa
VISN Energy Engineer
VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21)

Joselito Amancio
Sr Energy Manager
VA Southern Nevada

Patrick Cassady
Energy Manager
VA Sierra Nevada

Roger Engstrom
Energy Manager
VA Northern California

Dustin Grettenberger
Energy Manager
VA San Francisco

Heather Halkola
Energy Manager
VA Palo Alto

Chad Watanabe
Energy Manager
VA Pacific Islands

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