UPDATE – U.S. Coast Guard extends tidal proposal bid date

The U.S. Coast Guard has extended the date for bids to use tidal energy to supplement electrical power at the Coast Guard station or pier in Eastport, Maine. The new due date is June 30, 2009.

The Coast Guard previously called for proposals by June 12. (HydroWorld 5/6/09)

The successful bidder is to obtain local, state, and federal government permits and approvals to install and operate a system. It also is to develop the site design for installing a system and modifying the pier’s electrical system to accommodate a demonstration. (HydroWorld 4/15/09)

Additionally, the contractor is to provide and install an in-stream tidal current electric generator, and remove the system and restore the existing pier electrical system after the demonstration. During the demonstration, the contractor is to evaluate the viability of tidal current power to augment the station and pier’s electrical power.

The target date for beginning the demonstration is Aug. 31. The demonstration period can run 60 days to 12 months, although the government said it prefers a 12-month demonstration period.

Awards will be made to one or more bidders about July 31. The period of performance will be 15 months. The Coast Guard anticipates a budget of $100,000 for the program.

The solicitation is available from the Federal Business Opportunities website, www.fbo.gov, by entering announcement No. HSCG3209RR00018 in the �Opportunities� search box.

Proposals are due June 30 to Joyce Overton, U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center, 1 Chelsea St., New London, CT 06320-6048. For information, contact John Natale; E-mail: john.a.natale@uscg.mil; (1) 860-271-2880.

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