HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), awarded Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) to a group of qualified wind technology contractors.
The contractors qualified through this process will be able to compete for future wind renewable energy task orders issued under the MATOC by the Army or Department of Defense (DoD). The MATOC leverages the DoD authority to contract up to 30 years under Title 10 USC 2922a.
The 17 companies receiving contracts are:
This MATOC will be used to procure reliable, locally generated, renewable and alternative energy for DoD installations through power purchase agreements (PPA). The $7 billion contract capacity will be expended for PPAs to procure energy during a period of up to 30 years from renewable energy generation systems that are designed, financed, constructed, operated and maintained by contractors using private sector financing.
"Today we awarded the wind technology as part of the $7 billion renewable energy MATOC. We have one remaining technology left to award which is biomass," said Col. Robert Ruch, commander, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. "Awarding these contracts in the four distinct technologies, geothermal, solar, wind, and biomass, will allow us to more quickly award task orders for individual future projects as they are identified. We look forward to working with the EITF and other potential DoD organizations to help implement renewable energy projects."
These contracts will place the Army one step closer to meeting its Congressionally mandated energy goal of 25 percent production and consumption of energy from renewable sources by 2025 and improving installation energy security and sustainability.
Wind is the third of four technologies being awarded under the $7 billion Renewable and Alternative Energy for Department of Defense Installations MATOC.
In April 2012, the White House and the Defense Department made one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history, by setting a goal to deploy three gigawatts total of renewable energy – including solar, wind, biomass or geothermal – on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025. These efforts support the broader DoD goal to enhance installation energy security and reduce installation energy costs.
SOURCE US Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville