Value-Based Selection Criteria and Contracting for Highway Renewable Energy Projects

Focus Area



Air Quality, Environmental Process




Under $99k


Under 1 year

Research Idea Scope

The objective of the project would be to develop example
contracting parameters for state DOTs seeking to work with third-party renewable
energy developers and/or utilities to construct and manage renewable energy
projects in highway right-of-way.

Urgency and Payoff

State DOTs are beginning to explore the use of highway
ROW for accommodating renewable energy technology. The Volpe Center prepared
for FHWA a recent report to facilitate such renewable energy generation
deployment, see

 Early adopters
have noted that developing public-private partnership agreements and contracts
with private entities has been a challenge in implementing highway renewable
energy projects. They have expressed a need for guidance in this area. The
proposed research would address real needs of AASHTO and NCHRP stakeholders.

Suggested By

Carson Poe, Gina Filosa, and Aviva Brecher, USDOT Volpe Center 617-494-2765

[email protected]