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Over the course of 2015 and 2016, B2Q worked closely with NU to develop an energy master plan to make progress toward achieving their carbon reduction goals as part of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. The master plan included the potential for a 5 MW gas turbine at their central steam plant as part of a new combined heat and power (CHP) system, as well as some major campus electrical infrastructure upgrades. After reviewing the results of the master plan and the University's current resource outlook, the decision was made to evaluate using an energy services contract delivery model.

NU hired B2Q as its primary consultant to act on the Owner's behalf in developing the energy services contract RFP, evaluating the technical aspects of the RFP responses, and educating the University on the potential outcomes of such a program. B2Q helped to write and administer the RFP to (5) major bidders to include an ambitious building-level energy conservation scope, a potential CHP plant, improvements to energy procurement, and potential renewable energy generation systems. B2Q developed several financial and energy modeling tools to perform parametric analysis of proposed deal structures so that NU could understand the potential agreement from the bidders' perspectives and potentially be in a better negotiating position.

Once bids were received, B2Q helped to prepare bid summaries, prepare follow up questions to bidders upon reviewing their proposals, and participated in firm interviews throughout the evaluation process. In the end, NU made their decision on which firm to award, based in part on B2Q's analysis, and expressed gratitude for having a trusted advisor at their side during the process.


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