Army Corps seeks $7bn of renewable energy

RFP issued for power purchase agreements

Bill Opalka | Aug 15, 2012

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for $7 bn in locally generated renewable energy through power purchase agreements.

The $7bn capacity would be expended for the purchase of energy over a period of 30 years or less from renewable energy plants that are constructed and operated by contractors using private sector financing.

"One year ago I authorized the Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF). The announcement of this acquisition vehicle by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers demonstrates EITF's progress and the Army's commitment toward installation energy security, mission readiness and resilience," said Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh. "We believe the Federal Renewable and Alternative Energy contract will provide the Army with an important means to achieve its goal of 1 GW of renewable energy projects by 2025."

The RFP is being offered through its Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Ala. in a Multiple-Award Task Order Contract (MATOC).

"Development of this acquisition has included significant industry and government coordination to draw from the various experiences and lessons learned throughout," said Col. Nello Tortora, former commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. "We received and analyzed more than 900 comments from industry in response to our draft Request for Proposal, and have responded to those comments through a series of frequently asked questions."

"We plan to conduct a pre-proposal conference in late August," said Tonju Butler, the procurement contracting officer in Huntsville. "Details on the conference and how to register will be released once plans are finalized."

The government does not want to own any generation assets, but to purchase plant output. Contractors will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the energy plants of various sizes for solar, wind, geothermal and biomass generation.
 
By awarding the contracts, the Army says it will have a streamlined process to develop large scale renewable energy projects that uses private sector financing. This approach will help speed overall project development timelines to ensure the best value to the Army and private sector.

The DoD has the goal to produce or consume 25% of its total energy use from renewable sources by year 2025.

The solicitation for the Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production for DoD Installations is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Website at www.fbo.gov or http://go.usa.gov/Gd6.

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