• Military-Utilities Privatization Group Launches Utilities Advocacy Organization

    Military-Utilities Privatization Group Launches Utilities Advocacy Organization0

    A consortium of private utility systems owners has launched a new military-private utilities advocacy organization. Utilities Privatization Partners (UPP) represents operators from across the water, wastewater and electricity industries, according to a recent press release. The Washington-based group was formed by 12 private utility organizations and represents more than 100 utilities privatization projects. It plans

  • DOD Needs to Expedite Awards Process for Utilities Privatization, Committee Indicates

    DOD Needs to Expedite Awards Process for Utilities Privatization, Committee Indicates0

    The process carried out within the Defense Department to complete the procurement process for awarding utilities privatization contracts is taking too long, the House Armed Services Committee says in report language attached to the chairman’s mark of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. In some instances it has taken more than five years from initial

  • Pueblo Chemical Depot LRA Issues RFPs for Range of Services Needed to Advance Reuse Effort

    Pueblo Chemical Depot LRA Issues RFPs for Range of Services Needed to Advance Reuse Effort0

    PuebloPlex, the local redevelopment authority for the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., is soliciting proposals for a range of services needed to carry out its reuse plan following the recent approval of its grant application to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. “We are eager to assemble a world-class consulting team to assist us in implementing our redevelopment plan. The successful redevelopment of PuebloPlex is extremely important for the economic future of southeastern Colorado,” said PuebloPlex CEO & President Russell DeSalvo, who oversees the redevelopment of Pueblo Chemical Depot. The RFP includes a master infrastructure plan and utilities privatization study, business and operations plan, and economic development conveyance application supporting the HUD-approved redevelopment plan. Additionally, PuebloPlex is seeking proposals for engineering, environmental, legal and surveying services …

  • Air Force Signs Deal to Privatize Water, Wastewater Systems at Vandenberg AFB0

    A $299 million, 50-year contract the Air Force has signed to privatize water distribution and wastewater collection at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., is expected to save about 1.1 billion gallons of water over the contract’s lifespan. In the first three years of the contract, American Water Operations and Maintenance, a private utility company based in Voorhees, N.J., plans to invest about $11 million in Vandenberg’s water systems. “Maintaining utility systems is no longer a core competency of the Air Force,” said Rick Weston, head of the AFCEC Utilities Privatization program management office. “Private industry does it day in and day out, so they can normally do it cheaper than we can …

  • Armed Services Panel Applauds Utilities Privatization, School Renovation Initiatives0

    The House Armed Services Committee praised two initiatives that are resulting in upgraded facilities across DOD installations — utilities privatization and the construction and renovation of schools operated by local districts — in its report accompanying the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The department’s utilities privatization initiative has been able “to achieve greater efficiencies and reduce operating costs while recapitalizing aging utilities infrastructure with modern, reliable systems,” the committee stated. “In addition, the committee notes that utilities privatization can also enhance support to military missions,” according to the report …

  • Army Updates Rules Governing Utility Sales0

    The Army last month released a long-awaited revision to its regulations governing the acquisition and sale of utilities services. The revised regulations, AR 420-41, took effect April 3 and incorporate significant changes in energy policy and technology occurring over the past 20 years, according to the Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. The regulations cover Army policies and responsibilities for the acquisition and sale of utilities and related services for its domestic facilities, including electricity, natural or manufactured gas, water, sewage, thermal energy, chilled water, steam, hot water or high temperature hot water. The regulations also address renewable energy, onsite generation, demand response and energy financial incentives …