The new MEEC Hardware Agreement will find contracts that provide a larger number of vendors (26), a wider range of products, along with a greater variety of hardware categories than in previous contracts. The RFP provided for a more competitive pricing response for each hardware category and by manufacturer within each category. While this adds some complexity to the final results, that complexity is balanced against a significant gain in economic benefit to MEEC members.
Fully executed contracts were renewed with each vendor for the period of March 14, 2014 - March 15, 2015. The contracts may be renewed for up to two additional 12 month option periods. Contracts were awarded through a competitive proposal process, following the USM procurement policies and procedures. Approval was granted by the Board of Regents