Harris County, Texas Issues RFP For Energy Procurement Consulting Services
Follows Decision To Decline Aggregation Pool Proposal At This Time
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Harris County, Texas is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to provide energy consulting for market research, risk management, sustainability and procurement solutions for Harris County for the period beginning on or about April 1, 2021 and ending twelve (12) months thereafter
"The successful bidder will lead a collaborative effort with the County to create an overall energy strategy and design a Request for Proposals (RFP) for procurement that will include energy procurement, energy capacity, distributed energy, such as onsite solar, energy storage or other behind the meter technology, as well as opportunities for increased energy efficiency, demand response, or other load control measures," an RFP from Harris County states
This new power purchasing strategy is to commence on January 1, 2023.
Among other sought services, the RFP for such consulting services is seeking assistance in the strategy and design of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for energy, including retail, wholesale, and potentially the integration of distribution energy resources such as behind-the-meter generation, energy efficiency, demand response or other load control measures
"As the nation’s third largest county, Harris County is one of the largest energy consumers in the state of Texas and intends to make a significant impact on renewable energy development, consumption, and availability at every level, including the development of additional large energy infrastructure. In addition, the County operates hundreds of buildings across nearly 1,800 square miles and seeks to develop an energy strategy that reduces overall energy use while increasing the availability of renewable energy," the RFP states
"The County recognizes that this approach will require consultative and technical expertise to meet these objectives, as well as significant coordination across the County and the region. Harris County is seeking a qualified firm to coordinate the development of a new, comprehensive power procurement strategy that ensures a transparent and inclusive process focusing on broad-ranging portfolio of renewable energy options and advanced energy technology," the RFP states
The RFP notes that on October 20, 2020, the Harris County Commissioners Court agreed to formally opt out of the current proposed agreement with the CUC Electricity Aggregation Project, Inc., doing business as Public Power Pool (P3), and pursue options for future procurement of energy beginning in 2023.
"Harris County intends to use this opportunity to update its power purchasing to minimize cost and maximize environmental benefits, focusing on renewable and green energy options. As one of the largest energy consumers in the state of Texas, the County intends to make a significant impact on the reduction of non-renewable energy usage and promote the development of green energy availability," the RFP states
Harris County is the largest county in Texas, and third largest county in the U.S., in terms of population