Recognizing that continued reliance on fossil fuels creates severe threats to military security, the Department of Defense has launched an aggressive program to power military bases using renewable energy and to find non-fossil alternatives such as biofuels for the nation's naval and warplane fleets, as we have previously reported.. Two recently-announced opportunities demonstrate the potentially enormous stakes involved.
First, the U.S. Navy recently announced an RFP to build "smart grid" integrated electronic controls for energy, water, and maintenance systems at Naval Station Everett, Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, the Jim Creek Naval Station, and the Pacific Beach Naval Station, all located here in Western Washington. The Navy estimates it will spend $5 to $10 million on the contract. The contract is subject to a special set-aside for small businesses and is limited to companies from the Pacific Northwest Region. Initial responses to the RFP are due on March 13, 2013.