U.S. Army Looking for $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Over the Next 10 Years

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In late February, the U.S. Army began its long-awaited process for signing up to $7 billion in renewable energy contracts over the next 10 years when the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (AEITF) issued a draft request for proposals (Draft RFP). During this pre-solicitation, the Draft RFP was issued to gather information from potential bidders to assist the AEITF in the development of a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) that it intends to issue later this year.

I. Overview of the AEITF

The AEITF was created under the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment to manage the procurement of renewable energy generated on or near Army land. The AEITF enjoys a significant level of support among top Army officials and seems to have, thus far, a broad mandate. Earlier this year, it was able to prevent the base commander at a New York facility from executing an agreement with a co-generation developer that had been planned for more than two years over the objections of New York Sen. Charles Schumer.

This Draft RFP is the beginning of the AEITF’s plan to develop a large, coordinated procurement process for renewables. The AEITF’s new program was developed in response to a National Defense Authorization Act that requires Department of Defense (DOD) facilities to derive at least 25 percent of the electricity they consume from renewable energy by 2025, and a DOD “Net Zero Energy” initiative, which challenges DOD installations to produce more energy than they consume, with emphasis on the use of renewable energy and alternative fuels.

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