DOE Forum Presents Renewable Energy Business Opportunities at Its Facilities

April 11, 2008

Photo of representatives at the DOE Renewable Energy Industry Forum.
Representatives of the renewable energy industry listen to EERE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary John Mizroch discuss plans for on-site renewable projects.

On February 12, 2008, the Department of Energy (DOE) held a Renewable Energy Forum in Washington, D.C. at DOE's Forrestal Headquarters. The event was organized by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as a forum to discuss a Request for Information (RFI) for developing on-site renewable projects at U.S. DOE facilities. The Forum attracted more than 175 participants, with standing-room only for the opening session.

The RFI addresses renewable project types from across the spectrum, including photovoltaics, concentrated solar power, solar thermal, biomass, geothermal and small wind. Large wind projects at DOE sites are being addressed by a separate RFI. The Forum sought to provide attendees with background information on DOE's goals and available financial mechanisms. In return, DOE hopes the Forum and RFI process will attract input from the renewable energy industry on how to streamline the procurement process for any future solicitations. Afternoon breakout sessions focused on the five renewable technologies targeted by the RFI.

The strong response to this Forum represents the private sector's interest in public sector renewable projects and the opportunity for increased collaboration between the two. Organizers hope that holding this Forum will increase the number of eventual project proposals, improve their quality, and decrease unforeseen costs and delays. The enthusiastic participation of both the public and private sectors suggests that such events are a useful component of the renewable energy project planning process. Moreover, the success of the Forum presents opportunities for replication across the Federal agencies, and for helping reach other goals of Executive Order 13423, such as those that apply to Federal fleets. For more information on the event, its outcomes, and the associated RFI, please visit www.eere.energy.gov/femp/renewable_energy/renewable_forum.html.

If you would like to learn more about the value of such forums, or to determine if such an event would help your agency achieve its goals, please contact Matt Gray of FEMP at matthew.gray@ee.doe.gov.