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The following was forwarded to me to share with small businesses. As we seek to meet the goal of Executive Order 13514 which requires 95% of government procurements to be sustainable - opportunities like the one below will become more and more like the norm.

See below and hope it opens doors.

Revised March 16, 2012
 
Subcontract Opportunities on DOE Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) for GSA’s Net Zero Challenge
GSA’s Public Buildings Service, with little to no budget for new construction or major renovations in FY 2012 and FY 2013, has shifted away from full-building modernizations to discrete, exigent needs. Small dollar minor repair and maintenance contracts are available. Opportunities can be found at: www.gsa.gov/smbusforecast. Beyond these small projects, a key business opportunity area in FY 2012 and FY 2013 will be in energy reduction contracts.
Announced in early 2011, the Better Buildings Challenge seeks to achieve $2 billion in federal building energy upgrades through ESPCs in 2 years throughout 3 billion square feet of space. GSA is participating, along with 14 other federal agencies. For more information, see http://gsablogs.gsa.gov/gsablog/2011/07/08/sustainable-buildings-offer-e....
GSA’s response to the challenge is a Net Zero Challenge that includes $150 - $250 million in building upgrades across 18 million square feet in 30-35 buildings. GSA is using an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract the US Department of Energy (DOE) has established with 16 Energy Service Companies (ESCO) to conduct energy assessments, install upgrades, and maintain the buildings over time to achieve energy savings. GSA plans to send a Notice of Opportunity (NOO) directly to the 16 ESCOs March 19, 2012.
• GSA to issue NOO – March 2012
• ESCOs respond in 30 days with interest, approach and preferred buildings – April 2012
• GSA assigns 1-2 projects per ESCO – May 2012
• ESCOs perform IGA – June-August 2012
• Contract awarded – October 2012
Small businesses interested in subcontracting to the 16 primes should act fast. There are four main types of contractors on the DOE contract: 1) control system providers, 2) energy savings service providers, 3) energy providers, and 4) construction companies. These primes contractors’ subcontracting needs will vary by their core capabilities and expertise they seek to complement their core to achieve energy savings. Interested small businesses can find the ESCO contact information on the DOE web site to market their products and services: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/financing/espcs_doeescos.html.  
For more information on the Net Zero Challenge, see xyz and http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-18_GSANetZero.
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In the future, GSA may use companies on DOE’s qualified ESCO list, in addition to the IDIQ mentioned above. While getting approved on this DOE list does not guarantee business with GSA, GSA may choose to use this pre-qualified list to compete and award future contracts. It may be beneficial for small businesses that already have contracts with GSA for construction, renovation, or maintenance projects to get on DOE’s qualified list to be competitive for future opportunities. For more information regarding the qualified list, see the DOE web site: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/financing/espcs_qualifiedescos.html.

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