WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the Department of Energy Western Area Power Administration (Western) issued a request for proposal (RFP) to meet the renewable energy requirements of 14 Department of the Navy (DON) installations in California. Once awarded through the selection process, this project will be the largest single purchase of renewable energy by a Department of Defense entity.
"Pursuing renewable energy remains one of my top priorities," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "While we have made progress since 2009 in putting renewable energy on the books, this opportunity puts DON much closer to reaching our one GW goal - which we will achieve. Reliable access to energy ensures strategic flexibility and resource availability and makes us better warfighters."
Western Administrator and CEO Mark Gabriel added, "We are proud to assist the Department of the Navy with this purchase that helps provide a secure energy future and reduce the federal government's carbon footprint. Western's ability to purchase renewable energy for federal agencies and installations is a valuable tool to meet the President's Climate Action Plan targets for the federal government. Western has a long-term relationship with the Navy and provides hydro power and related resources for a number of their facilities."
Since 1987, DON and Western have had an interagency agreement which allows WAPA to enter into long-term power purchase agreements to meet DON energy requirements. Secretary Mabus set a goal for DON to produce or procure one gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy by December 2015 and this RFP is a significant step toward that goal.
In May this year, Secretary Mabus stood up the Renewable Energy Program Office with a laser-focus to identify cost-effective renewable energy projects for DON installations. Today's RFP issuance is the first major milestone for REPO and the Department of the Navy, with more projects to come.
As a result of this RFP, the Department of the Navy will contract to purchase power from a new renewable energy generation project for up to 25 years. The cost of the project must be at or below DON's current cost of power in the California marketplace, and should be compliant with California Renewable Portfolio Standard Content Category One Bundled Green Energy.
For more information about DON's energy efforts please visit, http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/energy/; for more information about Western's RFP on behalf of DON please visit http://www.wapa.gov/dsw/DSW_RFP_Navy.htm.