On May 3, the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) awarded the first of its kind Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) to support geothermal energy on Defense Department installations. The Army has allocated $7 billion for power purchase agreements (PPAs) to procure energy for up to 30 years from renewable energy plants that are designed, financed, constructed, operated and maintained by contractors using private sector financing. The Army will use MATOCs to procure the power through PPAs. The five companies granted contracts for use in competing and awarding PPA task orders using geothermal technology (for a period up to 10 years) are Constellation NewEnergy, ECC Renewables, Enel Green Power North America, LTC Federal, and Siemens Government Technologies. MATOC award announcements for solar, wind and biomass technologies will be staggered throughout the year and are expected to be completed before 2014.