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Request for Qualifications: Bellingham Waterfront District Energy Utility Partner 

04-06-2018 14:40

Port of Bellingham, Washington State


The Port of Bellingham seeks to develop a district energy system, with capacity to provide buildings with efficient and affordable clean, low carbon energy for space heating, domestic hot water and in some cases cooling. The goal is to produce a cost-effective way to achieve deep greenhouse gas reductions in high density, mixed use neighborhoods. District energy systems also offer a platform for addressing other community issues and priorities including energy security, waste management, and local economic development.

Through this Request for Qualifications, the Port of Bellingham is seeking responses from providers of district energy services describing their qualifications for implementing district energy services throughout Bellingham’s Waterfront. The Port is only seeking responses from teams that can demonstrate they have the desire, capacity and experience to build, own, finance and operate district energy infrastructure.

The focus of this Solicitation is to identify Respondents capable of:

  1. Collaborating with all stakeholders to identify and study the options for various district energy and energy sources and establishing a DES Capital Facility Plan for the Waterfront;
  2. Negotiating long-term service agreements with district energy customers, and supply or infrastructure use agreements with existing infrastructure owners;
  3. Developing, owning and/or operating new or upgraded district energy infrastructure and supplies on the Waterfront, as required; and
  4. Collaborating with the Port to ensure commercial viability of district energy and maximize community benefits from any district energy infrastructure on the Waterfront.


Release RFQ April 6
Submissions Due May 2
RFQ Interviews May 14-15
Announcement June 5


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