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Army Announces $7B Multiple Award Task Order Contract Request for Proposal

August 9, 2012

By Dennis K. Bohannon, ASA (IE&E)

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas -- The Army announced a $7 billion Multiple Award Task Contract (MATOC), Request for Proposal (RFP) which will help the Army procure reliable, locally generated, renewable and alternative energy through Power Purchase Agreements for up to 30 years.

The MATOC RFP was issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through its Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, AL.

By awarding the contract, the Army increases its agility by streamlining acquisition processes to develop large-scale renewable energy projects that use private sector financing. This approach will help speed overall project development timelines to ensure the best value to the Army and to the private sector.

In making the announcement, Hon. Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, said, "Today is truly a day for the U.S. Army to take pride in the strides it's making toward managing its energy resources and developing new, clean, renewable energy. The release of this MATOC RFP by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers demonstrates the Army's commitment toward installation energy security, mission readiness and resilience."

Lt. Gen. Tom Bostick, Army chief of engineering and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said, "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are truly excited to be leading the Army acquisition effort which will help installations meet mandated energy reduction goals far into the future.

"We have come a long way in a few short years by enhancing the Army's mission effectiveness and readiness by making the Army more 'green," Bostick said.

Energy reduction goals were announced this past April, when the White House announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) was making one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history, by setting a goal to deploy three gigawatts of renewable energy -- including solar, wind, biomass, or geothermal -- on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025 -- that is enough energy to power 750,000 homes. The Army's goal is one gigawatt of that total. These goals support the broader DoD goal to enhance installation energy security and reduce installation energy costs.

Beyond meeting those goals, energy security is a top priority for DoD and Army leadership. This effort will lead to enhanced energy security and sustainability for our Army installations. Bostick noted, working with private industry on renewable energy projects will maximize return on investment for both the Army and industry, while benefiting Soldiers, Families and communities through assured access to energy, support for training activities and improved quality of life.

Hammack said, "By diversifying our installation's energy sources to include sustainable, reliable energy, we improve our ability to fulfill our missions during energy interruptions and to better manage energy price volatility. Energy budget assurance is energy security, just as is providing for the continuity of operations. Army energy security and sustainability are operationally necessary, financially prudent and mission critical. The $7 billion MATOC RFP will help us fill those goals."

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