The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) has recommended Siemens as the vendor selected for the contract award as the result of a Request for Qualifications managed by MCEC on behalf of the Morgan State University (MSU). Issued on September 14, 2020, the request launched a highly competitive procurement process, designed to select one Energy Services Company to enter into a Master Services Agreement with MCEC to deliver cost effective energy savings and generation solutions at the MSU campus.
“Siemens brings much needed expertise and resources for the execution of our overall vision, which includes but is not limited to, a significant reduction on our carbon footprint, enhanced energy conservation measures, renewable energy generation, a substantial decrease in deferred maintenance, infrastructure improvements, and a practical curriculum with hand-on experiences for select School of Engineering students,” said Premdat Kokilepersaud, Director of Energy Management and Sustainability for Morgan State University. “Moreover, the University acknowledges and appreciates the major procurement role that MCEC has played in getting Siemens on board.”
MSU plans to develop a comprehensive campus-wide energy efficiency and generation plan, in multiple phases. Initial projects may focus on upgrades to HVAC systems, lighting, plumbing, and building envelop features. Long-term strategies will be implemented to meet updates being made to the University’s Master Energy and Facility Infrastructure Plan. MSU uses approximately 54 million kWh of electricity and 1.6 million therms of natural gas annually.
“We are honored to be selected by the Maryland Clean Energy Center as the Energy Services Company to support Morgan State University in paving its way towards energy decarbonization,” said Dana Soukup, President Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Regional Solutions & Services, Americas. “The vision of this partnership in the areas of energy conservation, decarbonization and STEM education will serve as a model for the Smart Campus of the Future by underlining our common commitment to sustainability and society.”
As an instrumentality of state MCEC offers neutral third party technical and financing capability to help partners implement energy measures efficiently. “We are excited to support MSU’s efforts to advance energy efficiency projects on their campus, and for this contract to go to a company with a strong presence in Maryland.” said Kathy Magruder, MCEC Executive Director. “The approach University leaders are taking with this master planning process reflects their commitment to sustainability, and demonstrates a sound strategy for optimizing facilities management practices.”
MCEC has the capacity to facilitate procurement as a service by assisting with project design, development, and financing to move institutions more quickly through the process. This type of assistance enables municipalities, institutions and organizations to get past the hurdle of not knowing how to begin and more rapidly realize energy goals.