Reyann Contreras

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Reyann Contreras

Vice President of Safety and risk Management

About / Bios / Reyann Contreras

As Vice President of Safety and Risk Management, Reyann Contreras is responsible for the administration and performance of Southland’s safety program. Her extensive knowledge of the OSHA rules and regulations regarding safe work and construction practices in the mechanical construction industry help Southland maintain an excellent safety record.

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Our projects save more than they cost. Guaranteed.

With guaranteed performance, quality, and savings, the question isn’t how can you afford to partner with Southland Energy?  It’s how can you afford not to?

No size fits all.

At Southland,we recognize every client is different.  That’s why we tailor our solutions to your unique operational goals.

Eric Nyenhuis, PE

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Eric Nyenhuis, PE

Director, Project Development and Engineering

About / Bios / Eric Nyenhuis

As the Director of Project Development and Engineering for Southland Energy, Eric Nyenhuis is responsible for the technical development of energy projects, including coaching and leading project developers, energy engineers, and measurement and verification specialists. By providing strategic support to Southland’s business development organization regarding strategies, markets, and specific project opportunities, Mr. Nyenhuis ensures that each team member is equipped to approach client’s of varying market segments and develop innovative solutions that deliver long-term value.

With more than 25 years of industry experience, Mr. Nyenhuis has a broad perspective of how energy projects successfully come together. His experience in the energy consulting and ESCO fields have given him a deep knowledge of how to successfully deliver energy master planning services, energy consulting, savings and financial analyses, scope of work development, and demand management and response.  This background allows him to work effectively with clients to understand their needs and goals and design the most appropriate offering given each client’s unique requirements. His knowledge of healthcare, the federal government, higher education, and manufacturing markets have aided him on several successful projects, including Fort Riley, Pomona Unified School District, and Warner Robins Air Force Base.

Mr. Nyenhuis received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

"What motivates me?"

The most rewarding thing about being an energy professional is that it gives me the opportunity to have significant impact on clients and their businesses while also doing my small part in addressing environmental issues that will impact future generations. The work we do matters in a way that feels both exciting and important.​

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HOW MUCH CAN SOUTHLAND SAVE YOU?

Our projects save more than they cost. Guaranteed.

With guaranteed performance, quality, and savings, the question isn’t how can you afford to partner with Southland Energy?  It’s how can you afford not to?

No size fits all.

At Southland,we recognize every client is different.  That’s why we tailor our solutions to your unique operational goals.

Steve Perkins

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Steve Perkins

Controller

About / Bios / Steve Perkins

As Controller, Steve Perkins is responsible for all financial aspects including periodically producing financial reports, maintaining accounting records, and maintaining Southland Energy’s budget to mitigate risk.

With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Perkins focuses on enhancing Southland’s financial results and ensuring that the reported results comply with general accounting principles and standards. His extensive knowledge of finance and lean tools helps to ensure that Southland continuously meets their financial goals each fiscal year. 

Mr. Perkins received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The United States Military Academy, his master’s in systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and his MBA from Duke University.  

"What motivates me?"

The most rewarding thing about being an energy professional is that it gives me the opportunity to have significant impact on clients and their businesses while also doing my small part in addressing environmental issues that will impact future generations. The work we do matters in a way that feels both exciting and important.​

Big Ideas

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HOW MUCH CAN SOUTHLAND SAVE YOU?

Our projects save more than they cost. Guaranteed.

With guaranteed performance, quality, and savings, the question isn’t how can you afford to partner with Southland Energy?  It’s how can you afford not to?

No size fits all.

At Southland,we recognize every client is different.  That’s why we tailor our solutions to your unique operational goals.

Anthony Roner

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Anthony Roner

Vice President

About / Bios / Anthony Roner

As Vice President of Southland Energy, Mr. Roner is responsible for the overall performance of Southland’s national energy efficiency business. He oversees all aspects of the business including business development, engineering, construction, and service.

Mr. Roner is a recognized member in both the energy efficiency and design build construction industries and currently serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Energy Services Companies (NAESCO) and is an active member of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA).

Since beginning his career in the energy services and building automation industry in 1995, Mr. Roner has earned a superior reputation as a subject matter expert in building optimization, demand management, and design build retrofit construction. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Roner is well-versed in leading high-performance teams on a national level, as well as implementing complex energy retrofit projects.

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HOW MUCH CAN SOUTHLAND SAVE YOU?

Our projects save more than they cost. Guaranteed.

With guaranteed performance, quality, and savings, the question isn’t how can you afford to partner with Southland Energy?  It’s how can you afford not to?

No size fits all.

At Southland,we recognize every client is different.  That’s why we tailor our solutions to your unique operational goals.

Ed Duffy

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Ed Duffy

Director of Operations

About / Bios / Ed Duffy

Mr. Duffy is a Business Operations Manager with over 21 years of experience in developing and implementing design-build mechanical and energy retrofit projects.

His experience includes planning and oversight of feasibility studies, investment grade audits, facility master planning, HVAC and central plant optimization, water conveyance and treatment optimization, and process commissioning. Before joining Southland, Mr. Duffy was a Project Director for AECOM energy services where he managed the operations of energy and environmental solutions business unit and his responsibilities included oversight of project development, engineering, and project implementation.

"What motivates me?"

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HOW MUCH CAN SOUTHLAND SAVE YOU?

Our projects save more than they cost. Guaranteed.

With guaranteed performance, quality, and savings, the question isn’t how can you afford to partner with Southland Energy?  It’s how can you afford not to?

No size fits all.

At Southland,we recognize every client is different.  That’s why we tailor our solutions to your unique operational goals.

Ken Robinson

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Ken Robinson

Director of Operational Excellence for Southland Energy

About / Bios / Ken Robinson

As the Director of Operational Excellence for Southland Energy, Ken Robinson is responsible for developing and rolling out processes and tools to streamline how Southland executes various tasks. His overall goal is to create efficient processes to deliver the best solution to each client.

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Mr. Robinson has a broad background in technical, project management, sales, and operations roles which have allowed him to integrate different viewpoints to qualify, develop, and execute projects. His wide breadth of knowledge regarding various markets, like higher education, state and local government, and the federal government, has aided him on notable projects, including Fort Riley and Pomona Unified School District.

Mr. Robinson received an engineering technology degree in robotics and industrial automation from Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology.

"What motivates me?"

“Having worked for many of our competitors, the biggest differentiators of Southland are the fact that we self-perform a huge portion of the work (thus avoiding stacked markups) and we have a stunning range and depth of technical expertise across the company into which the Energy group can tap.  Connected Solutions isn’t just a marketing slogan; by leveraging ALL of the divisions, Southland Energy can create solutions that are simply better than our competitors, done at lower cost.  It’s a powerful value proposition.”

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Have a champion

Every successful ESPC needs a champion – someone who will maintain momentum and enthusiasm for the project within your organization. Ideally, this person has considerable influence within the organization and is an assertive advocate for the ESPC process. The strongest setback of an ESPC project is doing nothing – this can be overturned with the right people.

From lowering utility bills to modernizing buildings, reducing maintenance costs and improving the building environment for occupants, an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project can prove incredibly valuable for most organizations, all with little or no cost to the client. Yet, ESPC projects can be complex and don’t always meet expectations. Selecting a good Energy Services Company (ESCO) and keeping some basic principles in mind will help make your ESPC a successful one.

Every successful ESPC needs a champion –
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Tips for a Successful Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC)
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HOW MUCH CAN SOUTHLAND SAVE YOU?

Our projects save more than they cost. Guaranteed.

With guaranteed performance, quality, and savings, the question isn’t how can you afford to partner with Southland Energy?  It’s how can you afford not to?

No size fits all.

At Southland,we recognize every client is different.  That’s why we tailor our solutions to your unique operational goals.

Jeff Ratliff

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Jeff Ratliff

Director of Field Operations

About / Bios / Jeff Ratliff

As the Director of Field Operations for Southland Energy, Jeff Ratliff is responsible for the execution and implementation of Southland Energy construction projects across the country.

His attention to detail allows him to ensure each project is delivered in a timely fashion, installed with quality, and is delivered at or below the anticipated budget. Mr. Ratliff continuously strives to keep his staff challenged, content, and diligent while performing at the highest level within the industry.

Having been in the industry for more than 25 years, Mr. Ratliff focuses on the necessary steps for a successful project lifecycle from conception to completion, as well as collaborating and listening to the customer’s needs to exceed expectations. His extensive knowledge of various markets, including the federal government, higher education, and K-12 school has aided him on significant projects, like Fort Riley, Fort Hunter-Liggett, St. Anne’s Belfield School, and Randolph Macon Academy.

Mr. Ratliff received his degree in business administration from Trend Business College in Seattle, became a certified electrician from IEC Southern Colorado, and is a certified LEED Green Associate.

"What motivates me?"

“I feel extremely fortunate to work in an industry which allows me to make a difference on so many levels.  We reduce the carbon footprint on the earth, we help provide a means to improve the facilities conditions where the client may not have been able to afford the improvements without our system in place. New infrastructure for schools, hospitals, military bases and more.  We make the conditions better while reducing energy.  It’s a real win win!”

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HOW MUCH CAN SOUTHLAND SAVE YOU?

Our projects save more than they cost. Guaranteed.

With guaranteed performance, quality, and savings, the question isn’t how can you afford to partner with Southland Energy?  It’s how can you afford not to?

No size fits all.

At Southland,we recognize every client is different.  That’s why we tailor our solutions to your unique operational goals.

Nello Tortora

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Nello Tortora

Director of Federal Programs

About / Bios / Nello Tortora

As the Director of Federal Programs for Southland Energy, Nello Tortora is responsible or the overall performance of Southland Energy’s federal portfolio, from building customer relationships to project development through construction completion. Having served 27 years in the US Army and US Army Corps of Engineers, he has successfully established federal sector relationships and navigated government contracting processes.

With more than 10 years of experience in the energy services industry, he has an intimate knowledge of the federal acquisition process for engineering, construction, and technical services and government energy policies, as well as the federal contracting processes and energy savings program. His expertise in business development for energy services, project management and execution, as well as energy management and technical solutions has ultimately added value to clients’ projects like Fort Riley and Fort Hunter-Liggett.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, and in national security strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He participates in many industry organizations including the Society of American Military Engineers, Project Management Institute, Energy Services Coalition, and Army Engineer Association.

"What motivates me?"

“Many of our Federal customers have critical national security missions. If we can enhance their ability to accomplish their missions through solutions that provide energy resilience then we are making a positive impact for our customers and our Nation.  Furthermore, if we can improve the quality of life of our service members and their families who make sacrifices on our behalf, that is most gratifying.”

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HOW MUCH CAN SOUTHLAND SAVE YOU?

Our projects save more than they cost. Guaranteed.

With guaranteed performance, quality, and savings, the question isn’t how can you afford to partner with Southland Energy?  It’s how can you afford not to?

No size fits all.

At Southland,we recognize every client is different.  That’s why we tailor our solutions to your unique operational goals.

Art Thompson

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Art Thompson

Director of Energy Sales

About / Bios / Art Thompson

As Director of Energy Sales, Mr. Thompson oversees the growth of Southland Energy’s business outside of the federal market with a primary focus on the education, municipal, and healthcare sectors. His expertise specifically includes energy laws, regulations, and policies, as well as alternatively financed energy solutions like performance contracting, power purchase agreements, and energy service agreements.

With over a decade of experience in the building systems and energy services industries, Mr. Thompson has a history of working with customers to overcome complex challenges and develop financially beneficial solutions that positively impact their bottom line. His holistic view of the customer-direct relationships that drive high impact solutions allow him to act as a consultant to customers, while positioning Southland Energy as a valued partner for energy services projects. Throughout his career, which spans over a total of 20 years, his achievements have also included developing best practice models for varying levels of sales interactions and managing and training successful sales teams.

Mr. Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Illinois and remains active within industry organizations such as APPA (for leadership in educational facilities), the American Society of Healthcare Engineering, the Society of American Military Engineers, and the US Green Building Council.

"What motivates me?"

The most rewarding thing about being an energy professional is that it gives me the opportunity to have significant impact on clients and their businesses while also doing my small part in addressing environmental issues that will impact future generations. The work we do matters in a way that feels both exciting and important.​

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Another challenge facing utilities is that their customers are changing what their expectations are from their utility. An increased focus on power quality and reliability and a developing trend towards “resiliency” from utility users only increases the pressure to upgrade and strengthen the grid. The reality is that this expectation is leading to some new demand, but it’s a demand that many utilities can’t yet meet due to grid deficiencies.

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Utilities companies are facing some big challenges today from both infrastructure concerns and new expectations from more sophisticated customers. Grid quality is not a new issue but paying for necessary upgrades will only become increasingly difficult. As customers seek to become more self-reliant through the installation of on-site generation solution, utility revenues are decreasing. Strategies to reclaim these lost revenues through rate changes, such as moving peak demand time-of-use charges around to maximize revenues, are being met with both political and commercial resistance.

The successful utilities over the next decade will continue to look for new and innovative ways to provide impactful services to their clients.
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The Future of the Utility Sector.
Written by Art Thompson on June 18, 2018.
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The Future of
the Utility Sector.

The successful utilities over the next decade will continue to look for new and innovative ways to provide impactful services to their ...

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- For more check out The Big Room -

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HOW MUCH CAN SOUTHLAND SAVE YOU?

Our projects save more than they cost. Guaranteed.

With guaranteed performance, quality, and savings, the question isn’t how can you afford to partner with Southland Energy?  It’s how can you afford not to?

No size fits all.

At Southland,we recognize every client is different.  That’s why we tailor our solutions to your unique operational goals.