Microgrids, On-Site Power, Policy & Regulation, POWERGEN, Reciprocating Engines

FEMA seeking on-site gen-sets to update emergency fleet

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is requesting proposals for generator-set packages to fill shortfalls within the fleet.

FEMA currently maintains a fleet of about 700 gen-sets used to support emergency response operations. The new request for proposals (RFP) seeks to complete fleet inventory due to the closing life cycle of current generators and to meet Tier 4 Final Environmental Protection Agency compliance.

The RFP is for indefinite quantity of gen-sets. The sizes can vary from 400kW and below (non-paralleling), or 401 kW up to 1 MW (paralleling).

The Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) has distributed an alert about the FEMA RFP to its membership. Proposals are due no later than 10 a.m. ET on November 29. Details can be viewed at fbo.gov.

EGSA is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to on-site power generation. Its membership of more than 750 companies include gen-set manufacturers, distributors/dealers, contractors, integrators, consulting and specifying engineers, services and end-users.

Weather disasters, mission-critical functions and a growing movement of microgrid projects has pushed the traditional on-site power industry to new heights despite growth of distribution renewable energy resources. Various research firms have estimated that the diesel and natural gas gen-set markets could exceed $25 billion by 2020.

EGSA will host the On-Site Power Pavilion at POWERGEN International happening November 19-21 in New Orleans. The tagline for this year’s EGSA Pavillon is “Reciprocating Engines for a Reliable Microgrid.”

Exhibitors in the EGSA On-Site Power Pavilion on the POWERGEN floor will include ComAp, John Deere Power Systems, Origin Engines, Doosan Portable Power and more.

EGSA also is hosting a Power Party 6:15 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 19 at Manning’s Stadium Club at Harrah’s New Orleans downtown. New Orleans football legend Archie Manning is the Tuesday morning keynote speaker at POWERGEN.

Content-wise, POWERGEN International also has three Summit sessions devoted to On-Site Power as well as a Decentralized Energy Knowledge Hub on the exhibit floor. Overall, this includes close to 10 hours of expert commentary, case studies and technical industry insights.

(Rod Walton is content director for Power Engineering and POWERGEN International. He can be reached at 918-831-9177 and [email protected]).