Texas State University seeks partner to build energy plant

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Texas State University seeks partner to build energy plant

Texas State University has launched a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development of an 8 MW combined heat and power PPP project on its San Marcos campus, USA.

The deadline for statements of qualifications is August 6th, however they are only being accepted from firms which participated in pre-proposal conferences. Preferred bidders are expected to be selected by November.

The team selected for the project would, under an energy services agreement, receive a series of payments from the university during the life of the contract, the duration of which is not listed in the RFQ but will be specified in the Request for Proposals (RFP) document.

To be located roughly 50 km south of Austin on the university's San Marcos campus, the project involves building an 8 MW or greater electrical and thermal co-generation plant.

Specifically, the work includes refurbishing the central plant's chiller and boiler equipment, removing or replacing boilers as needed and providing all outside utility services necessary to operate the plant.

The project is set up as a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) public private partnership (PPP).

Texas State plans to buy energy from the plant at competitive rates and anticipates sharing operational costs reductions achieved through reduced energy use, energy sales and fuel hedging.

An additional project to create a new water chilling and heating plant may also be negotiated with the university.

As we reported in March, Ohio State University launched an RFQ for an energy PPP. More than 40 companies responded to the university's request.

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