USACE issues energy tender

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released a tender for several private firms to enter into a new energy saving performance contract (ESPC) with the organization.

USACE has released the notice of opportunity to develop and manage several utility systems at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts. Under the terms of the tender, the following 14 teams are eligible to bid on the proposals:

  • AECOM, Los Angeles, California
  • Ameresco Inc., Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Clark Energy Group, Arlington, Virginia
  • Constellation NewEnergy, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Energy Systems Group, Newburgh, Indiana
  • Honeywell International, Columbia, Minnesota
  • Johnson Controls Government Systems, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • NORESCO, Westborough, Massachusetts
  • Pepco Energy Services Inc., Arlington, Virginia
  • Schneider Electric Buildings Americas, Carrollton, Texas
  • Siemens Government Technologies, Arlington, Virginia
  • Southland Energy, Dulles, Virginia
  • Trane U.S. , St. Paul, Minnesota

The ESPC model allows energy service companies (ESCO) to finance, design, construct and manage Air Force energy projects, and maintain the project systems long term. The Air Force will pay the ESCO back over the term of the contract, which is about 10 to 25 years, with cost savings accrued through more energy-efficient equipment.

The proposed scope of the Hanscom ESPC includes energy conservation measures, or ECMs, for distributed generation; utility monitoring control systems; heating, ventilating and air-conditioning; and water and sewer conservation measures.

"This ESPC will be a great opportunity for Hanscom to introduce new distributive energy generation technologies while also implementing other energy conservation measures to reduce energy consumption base wide," said Air Force Civil Engineer Center program manager Morgan Hurst.