DC Water Plans Microgrid for One of World’s Largest Wastewater Treatment Plants; solicitation questions

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) is seeking consulting services for a microgrid to be installed at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the world, located in Washington, DC.


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The authority will hold a non-mandatory pre-proposal conference on March 16 at 1 p.m. ET for those interested in participating in the request for proposals (RFP).

The RFP is for a consultant to develop a roadmap and feasibility studies for the project. The roadmap will identify a portfolio of projects to be implemented over time.

Proposals are due May 5, 2022 (DCW-SOL-22-10161). The authority plans to award a single three-year contract for an estimated $4 million.

DC Water hopes to achieve a series of goals through the microgrid project, including:

  • Improve safety by replacing manual load switching with remote load switching
  • Maintain electrical reliability
  • Reduce operational costs
  • Investing effectively in infrastructure
  • Enable the management and optimization of distributed energy resources at Blue Plains
  • Expand power analysis and reporting
  • Improve diet quality
  • Support sustainable DC climate goals
  • Improve energy resilience

The pre-proposal meeting on March 16 is virtual and accessible via a Microsoft Teams Meetingor by calling 202-753-6714, conference call number: 375 503 035#

Contact person for more information is Ines Eden, DC Water Capital Procurement, [email protected].

An independent authority, DC Water distributes drinking water and collects and treats wastewater for more than 702 residents and 23.8 million annual visitors to the District of Columbia. DC Water also provides wholesale wastewater treatment services to 1.6 million people in Montgomery and Prince George counties in Maryland and Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. The authority operates over 1,350 miles of pipelines, four pumping stations, five reservoirs, four elevated water storage tanks, 43,860 gates and 9,500 public standpipes. To collect sewage, DC Water operates 1,800 miles of sanitary and combined sewers, 22 flow measurement stations and nine offsite sewage pump stations.

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