Army Renewable Energy Successes

Army Renewable Energy Successes and Upgrades to Procurement Policies

In a letter from the Executive Director of EITF (Energy Imitative Task Force) Amanda Simpson cited 2013 success and 2014 initiatives. She stated that by the end of 2013, the EITF had firmly established the U.S. Army in the renewable energy environment. Projects included:

  • Notice of Intent to Award a Power Purchase Agreement and associated lease for a solar array at Fort Detrick, MD.

  • Draft Renewable Energy Service Agreement (RESA) Performance Work Statement (PWS) template to standardize and streamline the acquisition process for future renewable energy contracts.

  • Awards to 58 qualified companies, to include 13 small businesses that received 15 awards, on the Renewable Energy Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC).

  • A Fort Irwin project entered the procurement phase.

She added that, “Somehow, we were able to make these significant strides in light of sequestration, federal furloughs, government shutdowns, and snow and ice storms as recently as last week.”

For 2014, Ms. Simpson cited challenges in procurement strategies, along with an aggressive schedule for new projects.

  • Nine projects in the procurement phase include Fort Detrick, Fort Drum, Fort Bliss, Schofield Barracks, Fort Irwin, Fort Huachuca, and Fort Stewart.
  • Two projects at Redstone Arsenal represent a potential for over 205 megawatts (MW) of power.

The 2014 challenges includes upgrades to the Army process of developing, soliciting, competing, awarding, and signing contacts, which could be faster and simpler to be able to respond to and support market conditions. In order to facilitate changes, the EITF and their procurement partners, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Defense Logistics Agency, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement, held a day long After Action Review to determine how best to maximize the success of our operations and partnerships. EITF is now  working to implement several immediate improvements due to this event, and will research several other actions to address the suggestions offered.

She concluded by saying, “While we applaud our accomplishments of 2013 and the team that has afforded us the prospects of 2014, I look forward to working with you as we look ahead to the exciting opportunities of the New Year.”

EITF Updates

The EITF continues to move forward with large-scale renewable energy projects. The current EITF pipeline of projects represents the potential for over 205 MW of power capacity from a mix of technologies.

Schofield Barracks EIS Announced
The Army invites the public to provide comments on the scope of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction and operation of a 50 MW biofuel-capable power generation plant at Schofield Barracks, City and County of Honolulu, O’ahu. Written comments to the EIS can be submitted during the 45-day scoping period from January 8 to February 22, 2014.