As the largest energy consumer in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world, the Department of Defense (DOD) has the ability to influence markets and achieve near-immediate scale for emerging technologies.
The DOD's interest in geothermal energy could be a shot in the arm for the firm, clean energy resource that has often lagged behind technologies like wind and solar in the U.S.
The defense agency requested information on March 7 related to powering at least 14 installations, with the potential for more, across the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The RFI is also open to the potential use of district heating and cooling through direct use heat at installations.
Private companies are invited to share information about geothermal or hybrid projects, as well as guidance on contract lengths, costs, resource availability, and potential risks.
Interested companies should reply to the RFI by April 21.