According to today's Times article, entitled "Mt. Diablo solar decision could leave Chevron in the dark," by Matt Krupnick, it appears that the district has backed off a possible plan of a no-bid award to Chevron Energy Solutions. The article notes that the Request for Proposals will be posted as of August 2nd.
We discussed this in an earlier blog post, but it is reiterated in this article. That though it seems Chevron Energy Solutions spent 18 months trying to secure a no-bid contract for this $70 million dollar project, they may just walk away. In the article, Chevron Spokeswoman Juliet Don is quoted:
"Officials throughout the state said Chevron often tries to persuade school districts to sign no-bid contracts. In most cases, the company walks away from districts that open a bidding process because Chevron's prices are usually higher than those at other companies, said Don, the company spokeswoman."
So, what do you think? Is this is a good step toward getting the district the best price on the project?