US Army qualifies firms for contracts

The US Army has qualified 17 companies to compete for power purchase agreements of up to 30 years from wind energy generation facilities that they will design, finance, build, operate and maintain.

The Army has $7bn available for Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) to purchase alternative and renewable energy from four sources:   biomass, geothermal, solar and wind. Qualified suppliers for biomass have not yet been named.

The 17 companies qualified for wind are:

*Acciona Energy North America Corporation, Chicago, Ill.

*Cobra Industrial Services, Inc., Houston, Texas

*Dominion Energy, Inc., Richmond, Va.

*Duke Energy, Charlotte, N.C.

*EDF Renewable Energy, San Diego, Calif.

*Emerald Infrastructure, San Antonio, Texas

*Enel Green Power North America, Andover, Mass.

*EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.

*First Wind, Boston, Mass.

*Iberdrola Renewables, LLC, Portland, Ore.

*LTC Federal, LLC, Detroit, Mich.

*NorthlandPower, Inc., Toronto, Ontario

*Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., Arlington, Va.

*Stronghold Engineering, Inc., Riverside, Calif.

*Turn Key Power Consortium, LLC, Orlando, Fla.

*VERT Investment Group, Houston, Texas

*West Texas Power Company, San Angelo, Texas

The military services have a congressional mandate to supply 25% of its permanent facilities’ energy (including heat) from renewables by 2025, with an interim goal of 15% by 2018. The Army  by then has committed to procuring and producing 1GW of renewable energy at their permanent installations (and/on 65,000sq km of military land opened up for development).

The qualified contractors will build wind facilities to supply specific Army bases, and permanent installations and facilities.