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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to award up to 12 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts, including two awarded to small businesses, with a total contract celling of $55 billion. The DOE released Request for Proposals (RFP) on March 23, 2015 for the implementation of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) at any U.S. federal government site worldwide. Bidding is limited to energy service companies, but still provides a great opportunity for teaming and/or…
This post was also written by Timothy J. Nagle. One of the most significant takeaways from Reed Smith’s June 25, 2013 teleseminar, “Cybersecurity in Critical Infrastructure Industries,” is the availability of industry and governmental resources to assist oil and gas companies, electric utilities, and municipal water systems in assessing cybersecurity threats and finding ways to deal with them. Presenters Bill Slattery from the FBI and Matthew Light of NERC described the threats common to critical…
This post was also written by Timothy J. Nagle. “Electric Grid Vulnerability: Industry Responses Reveal Security Gaps,” by the staffs of U.S. Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Henry Waxman (D-Cal.), resulted from a survey of more than 100 utilities. The report and the contemporaneous House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on “Cyber Threats and Security Solutions” are indicators of the level of legislative and regulatory attention to these issues. The report’s findings included: Attacks on critical…
As discussed on Reed Smith’s Environmental Law Resource blog, the U.S. Army’s Engineering and Support Center’s (USACE) issued a request for proposals for large-scale renewable projects related to $7 billion in renewable energy contracts over the next 10 years. The USACE recently issued its fifth amendment to the request for proposals for the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) solicitation. In this Reed Smith Client Alert, we discuss the amendment,…
Department of the Navy On July 26, 2012, the Department of the Navy (DoN) issued a request for information seeking to identify interest and sources for a potential large scale renewable energy generation facility at Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake compatible with the station’s operational mission. This project will be in support of the President’s 1 GW renewable energy goal for the DoN. The purpose of this solicitation is to help the DoN…
This post was also written by Amy Mushahwar. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order on July 20, 2012 to investigate whether any Authorized Certification Authorities (ACAs) had violated the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Standards, which outline various security requirements and specifications for the electric grid.1  The Order requires all ACAs (there are currently four) to submit a report to the Commission by July 27 which explains the processes and…
This post was also written by Amy Mushahwar. Since three cyber security bills passed the House in April (H.R.2096, H.R.3523, and H.R.3834), all eyes have been on Washington for cyber security developments in the Senate. This past week there were several. The week began with a hearing on Tuesday, July 17, by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources “to examine the status of action taken to ensure that…