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File #: 19-7538   
Type: Capital Improvements
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 10/31/2019
Posting Language: Ordinance awarding a construction contract with Rural Electric, Inc. for the purchase and installation of electric ground support equipment at the San Antonio International Airport in the amount of $1,765,264.00. Funding is available in the FY 2020 – FY 2025 Capital Improvement Program Budget from the Airport Improvement & Contingency Fund and the Federal Aviation Administration Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Grant. [Carlos Contreras, Assistant City Manager; Russell Handy, Director, Aviation]
Indexes: Aviation Contract, FAA Grants
Attachments: 1. Recommendation of Award, 2. Draft Ordinance, 3. Ordinance 2019-10-31-0873
Related files: 19-2616
DEPARTMENT: Aviation


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Russell J. Handy


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: Citywide


SUBJECT:

Contract Award for Electrification of Ground Support Equipment For Emissions Reduction project at the San Antonio International Airport


SUMMARY:

City Council consideration of an ordinance awarding a construction contract with Rural Electric, Inc. for the installation of Electric Ground Support Equipment (eGSE) chargers that will support an Emissions Reduction project at the San Antonio International Airport in the amount of $1,765,264.00. The project will purchase and install 31 eGSE charging units on the ramps for the charging of 62 pieces of eGSE servicing aircraft for Terminal A, Terminal B and East Cargo.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Grant provides for 75%, or $1,323,948.00, while the City's 25% match, or $441,316.00, comes from the Airport Improvement & Contingency Fund. These funds are budgeted and available in the FY 2020 - FY 2025 Capital Improvement Program Budget.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The FAA VALE program is intended to offset the costs of emission reduction improvements for airports in areas that the US Environmental Protection Agency has designated as marginal non-attainment with the 2015 ozone standards. On July 18, 2018, Bexar County met this designation, and the San Antonio Airport System began examining potential projects that assist in lowering emissions that would qualify for a VALE grant.

In April 2019, City Council authorized the submission of a grant application and the acceptance of grant funds for a FAA VALE grant for the Electrification of Ground Support Equipment For Emissions Reduction project, which would replace the current petroleum-based ground support equipment with eGSE that airlines and cargo operators use. This class of equipment has a range of functions including:
* Providing ground power and air conditioning to an aircraft
* Moving an aircraft
* Servicing...

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