energyA joint venture of PR firm The Hannon Group and management consulting company BCS Incorporated has inked a three-year contract worth up to $17M with the Department of Energy, following a review.

The communications contract is with the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and allows the venture, known as Clean Energy Communications, to take on PR assignments as they arise during the scope of the pact. The DOE estimates the work will bill at $16M and it is capped at $17M.

The office, known as EERE, promotes energy efficiency, helps bring clean energy technology to market, and tries to give Americans as many choices for power as possible.

The communications pact under EERE's communications office covers contact with the public, media, industry sectors, Congress and other stakeholders. Outreach, communications materials, multimedia and content production, web and digital services, events support, among other tasks, are included in the scope of work.

The DOE issued an RFP last July. Sentech Inc., a unit of government contracting giant SRA International, was the incumbent.

The Hannon Group, based in Fort Washington, Md., is led by FleishmanHillard alum Sandra Wills Hannon. Clients have included the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, U.S. Dept. of Education and the American Academy of Ophthalmologists.

Laurel, Md.-based BCS specializes in communications, information technology, security and technology and analysis in the energy, national security, international development, and health sector spaces.