The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to award up to 12 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts, including two awarded to small businesses, with a total contract ceiling of $55 billion. The DOE released Request for Proposals (RFP) on March 23, 2015 for the implementation of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) at any U.S. federal government site worldwide. Bidding is limited to energy service companies, but still provides a great opportunity for teaming and/or subcontracting and financing some of the most innovative projects of this decade. As government spending decreases and contractors are held more accountable, DOE’s ESPC program may develop into a blueprint for government contractors moving forward.

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