DOE Releases Draft Guide for Private Financing of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects at Federal Facilities
The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) has released a draft guidebook entitled “Federal Renewable Energy Guide: Developing Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects at Federal Facilities Using Private Capital” for public comment. The guide was developed by the DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and project developers “to ensure that Federal projects have key elements recognizable to private sector developers and financing groups.” Described as a “framework” document, the guide is the first step toward a Rosetta Stone of sorts- helping federal agencies, private financiers, and project proponents to coordinate the elements of development at federal facilities. The Federal Register notice can be found here. Comments on the draft are due no later than July 2, 2012.