On February 12, 2013, the U.S. Army Contracting Command announced that the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force ("EITF") is developing a standardized Utility Service Contract Performance Work Statement ("PWS") to be used for contracts executed under its long-term power procurement authority (10 U.S.C. 2922a). The intent is to have a PWS that is clear and understandable to both the renewable energy industry and the government. The EITF intends to publish a draft utility service contract solicitation at the end of this month-i.e., on or about March 29. Once published, they will accept comments for 60 days.
This comment opportunity will be important to all renewable energy developers that intend to contract with the Army, but it will be especially important for teams that responded to the Army's Multi-Award Task Order Contract ("MATOC") last fall. The comments received through this solicitation will likely be incorporated into the PWS that is included in base-level RFPs issued under the MATOC. And interestingly, the timing lines up pretty well. Assuming that the draft PWS is issued at the end of March (like the EITF anticipates), then comments will be due at the end of May. Last year, the Army was saying that it would announce awardees under the MATOC at (or near) the end of Q2 2013. If that goal becomes a reality, then the comment period on the draft PWS will close one month prior to awards under the MATOC, which would ostensibly give the Army enough time to incorporate the revised language into any base-level RFPs that would follow quickly on the heels of the MATOC awards.
For more information, see Solicitation No. W9124J13EITF1, which can be found on the FedBizOpps website.