DOE awards sixteen contracts for up to $80 billion in sustainability projects
The Dept. of Energy (DOE) recently awarded 16 new Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs). The contracts could result in up to $80 billion in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects at federally owned buildings and facilities.
The Dept. of Energy (DOE) recently awarded 16 new Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs). The contracts could result in up to $80 billion in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects at federally-owned buildings and facilities.
The ESPCs will help meet the federal government’s energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy goals. The U.S. government is the largest single user of energy in the United States. The awards represent a commitment to saving energy, reducing federal energy costs, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and incorporating more efficient technologies for use in government
“This set of awards will ensure that federal agencies have access to powerful tools for alternative financing at a scale that is needed to meet our challenge of reducing energy intensity, increasing the use of renewable energy, and decreasing water consumption.” U.S. DOE Secretary Samuel W. Bodman said.
In August 2007, Secretary Bodman launched the Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) Initiative, a department-wide effort aimed at reducing energy intensity across the nationwide DOE complex by 30%. The TEAM Initiative aims to meet or exceed the aggressive goals for increasing energy efficiency throughout the federal government already laid out by President Bush through Executive Order 13423, which directed federal agencies to: reduce energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions; substantially increase use and efficiency of renewable energy technologies; adopt sustainable design practices; and reduce petroleum use in federal fleets.
Under an ESPC, the contractor designs, constructs, and obtains the necessary financing for an energy savings project. The agency makes payments over time to the contractor from the savings reduction in the utility bills which are paid by the agency’s appropriated funds over time. The contractor guarantees the energy improvements will generate savings. Moreover, the aggregate annual amount of payments to the contractor and payments for utilities cannot exceed the amount that the agency would have paid for utilities without an ESPC. After the contract ends, all continuing cost savings accrue to the agency.
The new contracts provide for a maximum individual contract value of $5 billion over the life of the contract, eliminate technology specific restrictions, and allow federal agencies to use these contracts in federal buildings, nationally and internationally. In addition, ESPCs now include a greater emphasis on renewable energy and water conservation projects.
The new contracts were awarded to the following Energy Service Companies (ESCOs):
Ameresco, Inc. Framingham, Mass.
Chevron Energy Solutions. Eagan, Minn.
Clark Realty Builders. Arlington, Va.
Consolidated Edison Solutions, Inc. White Plains, N.Y.
Constellation Energy Projects & Services Group, Inc. Baltimore, Md.
FPL Energy Service, Inc. North Palm Beach, Fla.
Honeywell International, Inc. Golden Valley, Minn.
Johnson Controls Government Systems, LLC Milwaukee, Wis.
Lockheed Martin Services, Inc. Cherry Hill, N.J.
McKinstry Essention, Inc. Seattle, Wash.
NORESCO, LLC Westborough, Mass.
Pepco Energy Services Arlington, Va.
Siemens Government Services, Inc. Reston, Va.
TAC Energy Solutions Seattle, Wash.
The Benham Companies, LLC Oklahoma City, Okla.
Trane U.S., Inc. McEwen, Tenn.
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