Kelley Drye Client ReEnergy Secures Largest Renewable Purchase Agreement in Army's History; Strengthens Growing Government Practice

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 16:59

On September 29, 2014, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency awarded a 20-year contract to Kelley Drye client ReEnergy Black River. ReEnergy Black River submitted the proposal in the Spring of 2013 as part of a competitive procurement process to provide secure renewable power to Fort Drum, home of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. It is the largest renewable energy project in the history of the U.S. Army.

The large-scale project, which will supply 100 percent of Fort Drum’s electricity needs – or up to 28 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity from a biomass power facility – is a joint effort between the Army's Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI), Fort Drum, the Defense Logistics Agency and ReEnergy. The final contract also includes the construction, operation and maintenance of approximately four miles of new transmission line connecting Fort Drum's north and south substations.

Kelley Drye senior advisor Joe Corrigan and partner David Hickey served as the Washington representatives for legal and policy matters over the two-year period from inception to award.

The federal government is increasing its demand for long-term renewable energy as a result of renewable goals established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Executive Order 13423, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. In addition, the Army has established a goal to achieve 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. The Army is committed to executing large-scale renewable energy projects and is currently working on over two dozen projects in 14 states.

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