U.S. Army Issues RFP for $7 Billion of Renewable Energy

The Army Corps of Engineers is going on an alternative energy shopping spree. From law firm Wilson Sonsini:

“On August 8, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through its Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, issued a Multiple-Award Task Order Request for Proposal (RFP) for $7 billion in total contract capacity to procure renewable energy through power purchase agreements and similar contractual arrangements. Renewable energy purchases will be made over a period of up to 30 years from new projects to be constructed and operated on or near U.S. military bases by contractors using private-sector financing. The Army’s stated goal is to facilitate the development of one gigawatt of renewable energy projects on its bases by 2025.”

For your reference, a roundup of legal updates on the RFP and how to participate:

U.S. Army Issues RFP for Renewable Projects (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP):

“The Army is in the process of identifying suitable project sites to be put out for bid through various task orders, but officials have indicated that there is interest in building 20 MW solar plants at Ft. Irwin and Ft. Bliss in the Southwest, a 15 MW solar plant in Maryland at Ft. Detrick and a 50 MW biofuel plant at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Projects can be located on private land or on any federal property located within the U.S., and including Alaska, Hawaii, territories, provinces and other property that is to be under U.S. government control for the duration of the contract performance period.” Read on>>

Army RFP finalizes rules for selection of Renewable Energy Contractors (McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP):

“The Army has chosen as its government contracting vehicle a MATOC (a multiple award task order contract) which permits awards to be made to all qualified and responsible offerors. The successful awardees then are eligible to compete for project specific task orders. Companies can be selected for a MATOC in any of four technologies – wind, solar, biomass and geothermal – in which they may qualify. The qualification standards require that offerors have a minimum level of experience in each of the technologies in which they seek to qualify.” Read on>>

$7B in Contracting Opportunities for Renewable Energy Projects (Morgan Lewis):

“The RFP solicits contractors that can develop, finance, design, build, operate, own, and maintain solar, wind, biomass, or geothermal power generation facilities under energy purchase contracts of up to 30 years. The RFP calls for the award of multiple indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts with a base period of three years and seven one-year options (total 10 years).” Read on>>

U.S. Army Releases Final RFP for $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Contracts (Ballard Spahr LLP):

“Individual task orders will then be competitively awarded against the ID/IQ contracts for specific renewable energy projects with a cumulative project cost of up to $7 billion in total energy value under all PPA task orders awarded under this RFP. The generation assets may be located on U.S. Department of Defense properties or on nearby private land.” Read on>>

U.S. Army Issues RFP to Purchase $7 Billion of Renewable Energy from New Projects on U.S. Military Installations (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati):

“Eligible technologies are solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and ‘alternative technologies,’ all also broadly defined. ‘Solar’ includes both PV and solar thermal, ‘wind’ includes horizontal- and vertical-axis turbines, ‘geothermal’ includes ground-source heat pumps and deep-well geothermal systems, ‘biomass’ means all technologies that utilize organic material to generate fuel or energy, and ‘alternative technologies’ includes fuel cells, ocean power, energy storage, micro-grids, and hydroelectric technologies that do not require construction of a dam. Hybrid projects that include multiple technologies also may be sourced.” Read on>>

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