U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives
The Army selected a team led by Value Recovery Holding (VRH) to provide a broad range of management, policy and technical resources designed to support the OEI mission and to ensure effective implementation of large-scale, third-party financed energy projects that achieve Army-wide energy goals of deploying 1 gigawatt (GW) of RE projects by 2025.
The U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) is the central management office for the planning and execution of large scale renewable energy (RE) projects partnering with United States Army installations to implement cost-effective, large-scale renewable energy projects, leveraging third party finance. The OEI has primary responsibility of these goals and contributes to other Congressionally mandated energy goals.
Team VRH provides a full service team with renewable energy expertise in:
- Regulatory compliance
- Federal and local policies
- Land use
- Utility-rate making
- Third party financing
- Project finance
- Program management and support personnel
- Utility regulations both Federal and local
- Business and finance subject matter related to large scale energy projects
VRH also provides in-depth knowledge of:
- Army organizational relationships
- Installation operations
- Environmental permitting
- Approval procedures related specifically to DoD execution of large scale energy projects.
The Value Recovery team provides services designed to meet the needs of unique OEI project and program teams in coordination with Government Representatives within the Assistant Secretary for the Army for Installations Energy & Environment (ASA (IE&E)) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; working openly and collaboratively with a Government lead team representing partners from different organizations and disciplines.
The OEI was originally chartered by the Secretary of the Army on September 15, 2011 as the Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), as a temporary organization to develop and prove out templates, tools and processes for the development of large scale renewable energy projects. On October 1, 2014, the Secretary of the Army transitioned the EITF to the OEI, as a permanent office hosted within the ASA (IE&E). The OEI works closely with various staff organizations across the Army Secretariat, and Headquarters Department of Army (HQDA), as well as in partnership with Army installations. This allows the OEI to understand requirements and to execute a structured process that streamlines project development timelines. The OEI leverages existing DoD authorities including those for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), and Enhanced Use Leases (EULs). Over the past several years, the OEI developed industry relationships that include serving utilities, developers, manufacturers, law firms, financiers and associations. It continues to move forward with large-scale renewable energy projects to achieve energy security, financial predictability, and renewable energy goals set by Congress, the Secretary and the President.
While OEI projects will be greater than 10 MW and potentially up to hundreds of MW, a typical project is expected to be in the 20-30 MW range. For planning purposes, the OEI’s overarching objective is to award contracts or leases that operationalize a minimum of 100 MW of renewable energy per year beginning in FY14 and maintain a robust pipeline of viable projects to achieve a 1 GW Renewable Energy project portfolio by 2025. The OEI’s projects will serve to enhance installation energy security against a growing number of threats. RE projects will include solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies. The OEI is committed to providing multiple opportunities through diverse procurement paths.