DOE awards $5 billion in energy-efficiency contracts
TAC to implement federal projects using guaranteed savings.
The Dept. of Energy (DOE) has awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to TAC , the Building Automation Business Unit of Schneider Electric . The contract has a potential of $5 billion in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable design, and water conservation projects at federally owned buildings and facilities. The contract is part of a larger effort by the federal government, the largest single user of energy in the United States, to meet rigorous energy savings and efficiency objectives.
TAC was selected for this award based upon its demonstrated ability to deliver projects to federal agencies that provide measurable, quantifiable results around reducing energy consumption, operating costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and the carbon footprint of buildings. These solutions include renewable energy, indoor environmental quality improvement, and sustainable design, resulting in a combined impact by TAC’s performance contracts that equates to removing 291,216 cars from the road, planting 396,054 acres of trees, or reducing CO 2 emissions by 1,456,080 tons.
ESPCs offer many long-term benefits for government agencies, such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort, financial management, and environmental protection. Typically, new, more efficient equipment and upgraded facility automation systems maximize energy efficiency and generate utility savings. TAC guarantees the amount of savings that performance contracting projects will achieve and agrees to pay the difference if that amount is not realized.
With this contract, the U.S. government will use private, long-term financing to implement energy-efficiency projects. Money saved through increased efficiencies will pay service providers such as TAC for installing energy conservation measures and for the cost of investment capital and services.
The IDIQ performance contract awarded to TAC provides for a maximum individual contract value of $5 billion over the life of the contract; does not include technology-specific restrictions; and allows federal agencies to use it in federal buildings, nationally and internationally.
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