Boise Energy

A gauge, in the mechanical room beneath Boise City Hall, keeps track of the number of gallons of geothermal water used to heat the building on Aug. 7.

BOISE — Ten firms will give the city of Boise a boost to meet its climate change goals.

On Tuesday, Boise City Council approved a $150,000 contract for 10 consulting companies to work on “miscellaneous on-call climate, energy and sustainability services” for the city while it pursues its goal of being 100% renewable-energy powered by 2035.

The companies will work on a task-order basis. The total budget for the effort is $150,000, though it might not spend all of the money.

City spokesman Mike Journee said multiple companies were selected because each had a different area of expertise, and city officials were looking for help with sustainability, energy and communications.

“… We’re really starting to think out, in terms of decades, around our natural resources and our energy footprint,” Journee said. “And those areas take a different kind of expertise and understanding.”

City staff received 14 proposals and chose 10:

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  • Atlas Strategic Communications
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  • The Brendle Group
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  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc
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  • HDR Engineering, Inc.
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  • Jacobs
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  • Lotus Engineering & Sustainability, LLC
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  • New Buildings Institute
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  • Stoltz Marketing Group
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  • TRC Companies Inc.
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  • Warm Springs Consulting LLC

According to the request for qualifications, these projects will include:

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  • Planning for the Boise’s Energy Future plan to meet energy goals
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  • Quantifying the carbon reduction benefits from open-space preservation
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  • Planning how to reduce greenhouse gases from transportation
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  • Development of software programs for data collection around environmental issues

Other tasks for these 10 companies include:

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  • Communication plans to encourage sustainability
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  • Regulatory and technical support for work with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission and other organizations
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  • Recommendations for renewable energy equipment to purchase
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  • Designing energy-efficiency projects at city-owned buildings and other facilities

Margaret Carmel covers the city of Boise. Follow her on Twitter @mlcarmel or reach her by phone at 757-705-8066.

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