Thursday, May 9, 2013

Army Steamrolls $7 Billion In Renewable Energy Projects, Sequester Or No Sequester

Via Clean Technica. By Tina Casey

The Navy biofuel program really has attracted a lot of negativity from certain legislators over the past couple of years, but as far as renewable energy goes, the Navy has a fairly modest outlook compared to the Army’s Net Zero Vision.

That holistic perspective is reinforced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Take a look at the USACE Earth Day statement from a couple of years ago:
In support of the Task Force, last summer USACE issued a request for proposals for $7 billion in renewable energy projects that would be constructed by private companies under power purchase agreements, in which the Army (aka us taxpayers) pays no up-front costs. Under these agreements the renewable energy facility is built on Army property but is owned, operated and maintained by its developers, which sell the power it generates to the Army at an agreed-upon price.

$7 Billion In Renewable Energy Projects

The means for arranging all this is the Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract instrument, which the General Services Administration commonly uses to “help streamline the contract process and speed service delivery” when it can’t quantify the goods or services it will need during a specified period of time, other than to establish a minimum.

Heavy Hitters Go To Bat For The Army

Siemens is a familiar name around CleanTechnica mainly for its wind turbine technology, but it also dove into the geothermal market in 2011 with the introduction of a new steam turbine.

Italy based Enel is another global company that is expanding its clean tech operations. Best known for its long history with geothermal, Enel is also a strong player in wind power and it jumped into the U.S. solar power market in 2011.

Constellation NewEnergy comes under the umbrella of Constellation, which is part of the gigantic Exelon family. Exelon got a thumbs down from us when it objected to the wind tax credit extension last year (and for counting natural gas as a “clean energy solution), but it was among the first major companies to quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce back in 2010 over the organization’s anti-renewable energy lobbying, and it is building a strong renewable energy portfolio.

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