Ken Silverstein, Microgrid Knowledge
The US Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency-Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) in anticipation of an energy-as-a-service contract for Hanscom Air Force base in Massachusetts, a site where a microgrid is being contemplated.
The government expects to eventually undertake an energy-as-a-service pilot project that incorporates backup power, on-base microgrids or resilient interconnections to the power grid. A competitive solicitation for the pilot will be issued at a later date.
Ideally, the agency says that the provider would be solely responsible for operating an on-base electricity system. That includes on-site generation, power procurement and energy efficiency measures.
The RFI serves as a means to gather insight into how the project could be executed — in its words — whether conveyance of the electric utility system is needed or whether alternative arrangements are more favorable.
The U.S. Air Force and DLA Energy will hold an Energy-as-a-Service Industry Day in Boston on May 15 to accompany the recently released RFI. For more information, click here.