March 17 is the deadline for bidders to present proposals tosupply and manage the natural gas, electric and water and sewerutility services for the National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak)at facilities across the country. The current bill for the services- which Amtrak would like to see reduced – is $30 million a year.

The railroad uses about 410 MMcf of gas, 230 million kWh ofelectricity and 106 million cubic feet of water and sewer servicefor stations and offices each year. The utility electric servicedoes not include the electricity used in certain areas to powertrains. In addition to supplying the gas, electric and water,Amtrak is asking bidders to provide billing, payment andinformation services and energy management and engineeringservices.

“Offerors are encouraged to bid on all three services for allcommoditities for the entire Amtrak system. Offerors may, however,bid separately on individual services, commodities or strategicbusiness units.” The railroad rfp asked for fixed dollar amountsper unit of utility usage and/or a percentage cost savings to berealized by Amtrak. Bids are to be for two or five year terms.Amtrak currently maintains over 1,800 accounts to serve itsnon-traction utility needs, but most expenses are centered in onlya few major maintenance facilities and train stations. Faxquestions to Michael P. Greco at fax #212-630-6394.

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