Air Force Seeks Industry Input to Enhance Resilience at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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The Air Force issued a request for information (RFI), solicitation number W912DY-18-T-PPA1 to conduct market research and determine the feasibility of implementing various energy generation technologies at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) in New Jersey. Through this RFI, the Air Force seeks to identify continuously available, non-interruptible primary power for JB MDL.


“With this RFI, we’ve identified notional requirements to help us further improve energy resilience at JB MDL. Responses to this RFI will ultimately inform us how to move forward,” said Christopher Archer, JB MDL deputy base civil engineer. “We hope the outcome will lead to a mutually beneficial energy resilience project at JB MDL.”


This RFI seeks to improve the current understanding of market opportunities, technologies, resilience approaches and financial strategies to meet the installation’s resiliency requirements. The contractor would develop, finance, design, build, own, operate and maintain an off-site energy generation facility that will provide electric power via an offtake agreement (i.e. Power Purchase Agreement). 

“OEA seeks to structure projects in a way that meets the installation’s mission assurance needs while being attractive enough for private sector investment,” said Robert Hughes, Air Force Office of Energy Assurance executive director.


RFI responses are due by June 1, 2018. For more information on the RFI, please visit the Federal Business Opportunity website here:


This RFI is part of a larger effort to bolster JB MDL’s overall energy assurance plan by ensuring reliable, resilient power is available when and where it’s needed. Previously, the Air Force issued an RFI in January 2018 for an Enhanced Use Lease for a utility-scale natural gas power plant at JB MDL to enhance the regional grid and provide direct resilience to the installation via cash payments and/or in-kind consideration projects.


Instead of a utility-facing asset, this RFI seeks to gain understanding of the feasibility of a primary power source for JB MDL via an offtake agreement. The intent is for these two efforts to work in tandem to further advance the installation’s energy resilience and drive mission success.