Massachusetts agency seeks hydro technical consultants

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative requests proposals from hydropower technical consultants to help rehabilitate and expand hydropower projects in Massachusetts. Responses are due Oct. 11.

“Massachusetts has scores of existing hydropower generation projects,” MTC said in its tender documents. “Many of these projects either have significant room for expansion or are currently idle (i.e. not generating power), making them ‘endangered.’ MTC has seen a recent rise in interest in expanding and revamping these facilities and is therefore exploring different approaches to assisting with further development of these projects.”

MTC, which is chartered by Massachusetts to advance technology-based solutions for economic growth, administers the state’s Renewable Energy Trust Fund.

The request for proposals seeks consultants capable of assisting hydropower project owners in the state to evaluate expansion and rehabilitation options for hydro projects that are either idle or have room for expansion. Consultants also would assist MTC staff in evaluating the MTC program’s ability to address hydropower needs and in developing new or modified initiatives to support the hydropower sector.

Bid documents may be obtained from the MTC Internet site at www.masstech.org/agencyoverview/rfps/CE/hydropower.htm. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Oct. 11 to Request for Proposals for Hydropower Technical Consultants, RFP No. 2007-CE-01, Massachusetts Technology Park Corp., 75 North Drive, Westborough MA 01581.

For information contact, preferably by e-mail, Amy Barad, Project Manager – Clean Energy, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Renewable Energy Trust, 75 North Drive, Westborough, MA 01581; (1) 508-870-0312, ext. 285; E-mail: barad@masstech.org; Internet: www.masstech.org. Include the RFP number on the envelope or in the E-mail subject line.

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