Siemens, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pair on energy efficiency

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has selected Siemens as one of the contract vehicle holders for a base contract award that now gives the company the opportunity to bid on the design, construction and operation of a variety of energy savings projects across the U.S. government.

The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama awarded USACE contract III to Siemens May 8.

Siemens Government Technologies will hold this energy savings performance contract. The cost of any projects subsequently won by Siemens will be funded by the energy savings derived from the conservation measures Siemens implements. Siemens also guarantees the savings, which will allow the federal government to advance President Barack Obama’s vision that federal facilities generate 20 percent of their energy from renewables by 2020.

The Army Corps of Engineers has been one of the most active users of contracts in the federal government. This successor Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) builds on earlier momentum by providing a new funding ceiling, an extended timeframe and an expanded scope beyond U.S. territory and into U.S. government facilities in Germany, South Korea and the Marshall Islands.

Though USACE will hold the contract, all federal agencies will be able to use this vehicle to seek industry help to achieve their own energy and cost savings. Other federal agencies currently using contracts range from the Departments of Defense and Energy to the General Services Administration and National Park Service.

Siemens holds many contracts across the federal government. A contract is an alternative financial mechanism that allows federal agencies to reduce their energy usage, incur no upfront costs and then retain the associated savings. As a certified Energy Service Co., Siemens provides essential expertise for meeting federal energy goals and optimizing energy management — from energy audits and full program design, to alternative financing that covers costs while energy savings are realized.

Siemens’ performance-based solutions leave appropriated funds intact and leverage energy savings to pay for facility, capital and technology improvements. This enables federal agencies to reduce operating costs while realizing the additional value of new, energy–efficient equipment and infrastructure. These facility improvements decrease energy consumption, save money, optimize functionality and help government agencies meet their federal energy-saving mandates.

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