U.S. Army picks firms for up to $7 bln in wind energy orders

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 Mon Sep 9, 2013 6:01pm EDT

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WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army has picked 17 companies that will be eligible to receive orders for wind energy under an umbrella contract valued at up to $7 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday.

The companies include many large energy producers including Dominion Energy, a unit of Dominion Resources Inc ; the U.S. unit of Spain's Acciona SA ; Duke Energy Corp ; the U.S. unit of France's EDF Energies Nouvelles; and the U.S. unit of Spain's Iberdrola SA.

All the companies were awarded potential "indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity" contracts that have a cumulative value of up to $7 billion, the Pentagon said in its daily digest of major contracts.

It said the 17 companies were among 45 that competed for the right to bid for specific task orders for procurement of wind energy from private renewable and alternative energy production facilities, located on private land or military sites.

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Cl1ffClav3n wrote:
Leave it to the Army to form a task force to figure out how to give away $7 billion without a plan when we are cutting brigades and furloughing employees and leaving Afghanistan in the lurch. Most of the money already spent by the military on “renewable” energy and energy efficiency does not even come close to passing a business case test of short-term or long-term payback or even deliver any tangible improvement in energy security. The DoD IG has weighed in on the fraud, waste and abuse in the alternative energy spending spree with several reports such as this (The Department of the Navy Spent Recovery Act Funds on Photovoltaic Projects That Were Not Cost-Effective. Department of Defense Inspector General, September 22, 2011. http://www.recovery.gov/Accountability/inspectors/Documents/D-2011-106.pdf), and even the the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Oversight has documented the raft of malfeasance and corruption and political cronyism driving the whole program (http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/final-doe-loan-guarantees-report.pdf). I hope the long-overdue increased scrutiny will instill some caution and common sense into the military contracting officers and civil engineers and public works officers who have to approve these projects for their installations. Knowingly wasting taxpayer money at this scale should be a felony and we need to hold people accountable.

Sep 10, 2013 5:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Cl1ffClav3n wrote:
Leave it to the Army to form a task force to figure out how to give away $7 billion without a plan when we are cutting brigades and furloughing employees and leaving Afghanistan in the lurch. Most of the money already spent by the military on “renewable” energy and energy efficiency does not even come close to passing a business case test of short-term or long-term payback or even deliver any tangible improvement in energy security. The DoD IG has weighed in on the fraud, waste and abuse in the alternative energy spending spree with several reports such as this (The Department of the Navy Spent Recovery Act Funds on Photovoltaic Projects That Were Not Cost-Effective. Department of Defense Inspector General, September 22, 2011. http://www.recovery.gov/Accountability/inspectors/Documents/D-2011-106.pdf), and even the the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Oversight has documented the raft of malfeasance and corruption and political cronyism driving the whole program (http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/final-doe-loan-guarantees-report.pdf). I hope the long-overdue increased scrutiny will instill some caution and common sense into the military contracting officers and civil engineers and public works officers who have to approve these projects for their installations. Knowingly wasting taxpayer money at this scale should be a felony and we need to hold people accountable.

Sep 10, 2013 5:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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