July 30, 2008

ASE Picked to Operate National Energy Lab

The U.S. Department of Energy says it has selected the Alliance for Sustainable Energy to manage and operate the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The cost-plus award-fee contract is valued at approximately $1.1 billion, subject to annual appropriations, during the five-year contract period. The contract includes a five-year extension option.

Officials said the Golden, Colo., laboratory is the nation's premier renewable energy and energy efficiency research, development, demonstration and deployment institution. It employs 1,200 science and support personnel.

The ASE consists of the Midwest Research Institute, which is the current NREL contract holder, and the Battelle Memorial Institute.

The transition to the new contractor will begin immediately and will be completed in no more than 60 days, officials said.