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Request for Information  Net Zero Energy Fort Bliss: Microgrids to Support Efficient Energy Usage                 and the ...
conditioning, energy surety and security, and backup power. Fort Bliss is looking for viable andaffordable approaches to a...
a. Describe the features of your microgrid concept.    b. With respect to the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 1scale, wha...
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US Army Ft Bliss RFI for microgrids


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US Army Ft Bliss RFI for microgrids

  1. 1. Request for Information Net Zero Energy Fort Bliss: Microgrids to Support Efficient Energy Usage and the Integration of Renewable EnergyBACKGROUND:The Army Energy Program is expanding to meet the requirements of Congressional legislationand Executive Orders which mandate change in our nation’s energy consumption andproduction. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT05) requires Federal agencies to purchase7.5% of their energy from renewable sources by 2013; Executive Order 13423 requires that halfof this renewable energy come from new sources; and the National Defense Authorization Act of2007 (NDAA07) requires that 25% of DoD’s total electricity come from renewable sources by2025. Currently, the Army derives approximately 2.1% of its energy from renewable energysources and must increase the amount of renewable energy utilized to support its operations.The energy conservation and renewable energy projects proposed for Fort Bliss will help toestablish a model installation-based energy security approach for implementing the Army EnergySecurity Implementation Strategy (AESIS) and overall reduction of energy use and cost. AESISis a coordinated Army-wide response to the growing importance of improved energy efficiency,greater alternative energy use and heightened energy security for the Army and the nation. TheArmy energy security mission is to make energy a consideration for all Army activities to reducedemand, increase efficiency, seek alternative sources, and create a culture of energyaccountability while sustaining or enhancing operational capabilities. Fort Bliss has positioneditself to lead the Army in these aspects and continues to lead with aggressive pursuit of energysecurity. In its role as an Army energy leader, Fort Bliss has established the goal of becoming aNet Zero Energy Installation (NZEI) by 2015. To do this, Fort Bliss must aggressively conserveenergy and also generate as much renewable energy as it consumes, measured over the course ofa year.The legislated energy mandates and changes to the cultural initiatives support Army-wide goalsof improving its resiliency and endurance as a military force. These include: 1) Surety:Preventing loss of access to power and fuel sources. 2) Supply: Accessing alternative andrenewable energy sources available to the installation. 3) Sustainability: Promoting support forthe Army’s mission, its community, and the environment. 4) Sufficiency: Providing adequatepower for critical missions. 5) Survivability: Ensuring resilience in energy systems.The Army is interested in developing this program through industry partnerships where privatefirms will design, build, own and operate large scale renewable energy or energy managementfacilities on Army land, with a Power Purchase Agreement, or similar instrument, ascompensation to the owner.The Army has established a framework for analysis to help meet these goals. Initial feasibilitystudies have evaluated several renewable energy technologies for their potential contributiontoward a NZEI strategy. Microgrids offer many attractive aspects with regard to the efficientmanagement of power, power islands, integration of renewable energy, energy storage, power 1
  2. 2. conditioning, energy surety and security, and backup power. Fort Bliss is looking for viable andaffordable approaches to achieve the beneficial features of microgrids and integrate them into acomprehensive acquisition strategy for the Net Zero Energy program. To augment our marketresearch for viable technology and economic approaches, Fort Bliss is looking for information onmicrogrids and associated microgrid technology that is focused at the individual building level,building cluster level, and linking building clusters.El Paso Electric (EPE) is the serving regulated utility for Fort Bliss with service in both NewMexico and Texas. Under current regulations, any Power Purchase Agreement for power in thisregion of Texas will need to involve EPE.PURPOSE AND NEED FOR INFORMATIONThe purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input from industry to beconsidered by the U.S. Army in determining a course of future action. The Army seeks industryinput regarding technology capabilities, project financing capabilities, risk factors and legal oradministrative processes which should be expected while developing this project. The Army isinterested in information that will help to understand the true opportunities to be found andchallenges to be faced if this concept is further developed. This is solely a request forinformation and not a Request for Proposal (RFP).1. Technology: a. Technologies desired are those that have the smallest environmental impact, i.e. the smallest carbon footprint. b. Describe any potential impacts of your technology that could be limiting for environmental or safety reasons. For example, issues associated with hazardous chemicals and other materials, potential for catastrophic failure of high energy density systems, radio frequency or other electronic noise generation, acoustic noise, etc. c. Describe a technical approach to achieve measurable efficiency gains for a building or building cluster that consumes 1 MW average power with 2MW peak loads that would incorporate grid connected energy as well as distributed renewable energy generation from sources such as solar photovoltaic, wind, fuel cells, etc. d. Describe the features / capability of your technical approach to incorporate power conditioning, management of the grid connection, islanding, “black start” capability in case of a wide spread loss of grid power backup power sources, and energy storage from intermittent renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels, concentrated solar thermal, and wind. e. The Army is in the process of conducting programmatic National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses for renewable energy generation. It will be the responsibility of the developer to fund and coordinate any additional site-specific NEPA actions for the proposed facility that may be required.2. Technology Maturity 2
  3. 3. a. Describe the features of your microgrid concept. b. With respect to the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 1scale, what is the maturity of your microgrid technologies and controls? c. What is the impact to retrofitting your microgrid components into new and legacy facilities? d. What are the control methods / processes that you use for automation and/or control of your system? e. What is the operation and maintenance requirement for your system? f. What is the expected availability of your system? g. What is the expected lifetime of your system? This may be described in the lifetime and replacement frequency for specific system components. h. What is the commercial history of your technology?3. Financing / Economic Feasibility a. Although microgrid applications are strongly dependent on specific applications, what is the Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) cost range per square foot for administrative office space that can be expected for your technology? The Army is seeking an understanding of the cost drivers and relative costs associated with microgrids in order to establish an acquisition strategy that is economically viable. b. Given the willingness of the Army to consider public-private ventures to finance energy projects, what ideas do you have with regard to private financing of microgrid projects through contracting instruments such as Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), Enhanced Use Leases (EUL), Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), etc. where the Army provides land and will pay the investment over time via energy savings or purchase of the commodity?RESPONSE INSTRUCTIONSResponses are limited to nine (9) pages total (12 point font, 1 inch margins). Include a brief,one (1) page summary of company background and relevant experience in renewable energyproject development with your responses. The remaining eight (8) pages shall be used torespond to the RFI questions. Respondents may submit responses to all or a portion of the RFIquestions. A copy of a representative project development plan can be provided for illustrativepurposes and will not count against the page limitation. The email submittal should have the titleof the Request for Information (for example, “Solar Photovoltaic or Concentrating Solar Power(CSP) Generation Facilities”) in the subject line of the email to ensure proper review.1 Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is a method to assess the maturity of new technologies throughexperimentation, refinement, and increasingly realistic testing. Once the technology is sufficiently proven, it can beincorporated into a system/subsystem. The scale is from 1 to 9 with 1 being basic technology research and 9 beingsystem test launch & operations. 3
  4. 4. Submittals to this Request for Information or questions posed for clarification should be emailedto the following email addresses:Melissa GarciaMission & Installation Contracting Command Fort Bliss, TXmelissa.garcia5.civ@mail.milandBJ TomlinsonFort Bliss GarrisonDirectorate of Public WorksRenewable Energy and Sustainability Program Managerbenny.j.tomlinson.civ@mail.milThe maximum file size email plus attachment that can be received is 20Mb.DUE DATEResponses are required to be submitted no later than 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time,October 7, 2011 via email to Ms Melissa Garcia ( and Mr BJTomlinson ( SENSITIVE, PROPRIETARY, OR OTHERWISE CONFIDENTIALINFORMATIONBecause information received in response to this RFI may be used to structure future solicitationsand/or otherwise be made available to the public, respondents are strongly advised NOT toinclude any information in their responses, which may be considered business sensitive,proprietary, or otherwise confidential. However, if your company chooses to submit anybusiness sensitive, proprietary, or otherwise confidential information, it must be marked asproprietary or restricted data in the response. Should Fort Bliss receive FOIA (Freedom ofInformation Act) requests for responses, all Responders will be contacted for approval prior torelease.Questions and AnswersQuestions regarding this Request for Information shall be submitted through email to Ms MelissaGarcia ( and Mr BJ Tomlinson ( soon as possible, but not later than 1:00 PM Mountain Time on August 23, 2011. The emailwith questions should have the title of the Request for Information (for example, “SolarPhotovoltaic or Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Generation Facilities”) in the subject line ofthe email to ensure proper review. Answers will be posted no later than 5:00 PM MountainTime on September 12, 2011. 4