MassCEC is now planning funding for ACTNow II and anticipates releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) in January 2021. In advance of the RFP, a Non-Binding Notice of Intent has been released to solicit feedback from utilities, industry, financing entities, community organizations, charging station and EV service providers, government agencies, and other relevant stakeholders on issues related to ACTNow II. This is solely a Non-Binding Notice of Intent to gather feedback and not an RFP. MassCEC is not accepting applications at this time. Please submit all comments to cleantransportation@masscec.com

MassCEC awarded the first round of Accelerating Clean Transportation Now I (ACTNow I) in June 2020. ACTNow I aimed to catalyze the adoption of clean transportation solutions via business and project finance models, user engagement, technology, or other innovative approaches through four broad focus areas: light-duty vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, mass transit, and "other" clean transportation projects. A press release published in September 2020 outlines the projects and funding awarded. 

MassCEC is not currently accepting applications for ACTNow II. To begin connecting and forming potential project teams see Slack information below. Application Teams may include public and private entities (e.g., clean energy companies, research and development institutions, academic institutions, public institutions in the Commonwealth, financing institutions, and nonprofits).

Project Collaboration Platform:

Use our online matchmaking platform Slack (linked) to network and identify potential project partners. Slack is a web-based platform that MassCEC will be using to host and facilitate communication before and after the release of the RFP. Join the conversation using this link to the ACTNow Slack channel.

The estimated timeline below is subject to change at MassCEC’s discretion. MassCEC welcomes stakeholder feedback on this proposed timeline. In particular, MassCEC wishes to provide sufficient time for team formation and application preparation and seeks input on the proposed interval between RFP release and proposal deadline.

Notice of Intent Released

November 2020

Stakeholder Feedback Period

November 2020 - January 2021

Solicitation Released

Late January 2021

Informational Webinar 

February 2021

Applications Due

May 2021

Award Notification

June 2021

Project Launch

September 2021

Project Performance Monitoring Period Ends

Three years from start of operation

 

MassCEC is not currently accepting applications for ACTNow II. 

To provide feedback regarding the Notice of Intent please submit all comments to cleantransportation@masscec.com with the email subject “ACTNow II NOI Feedback."

Stakeholder feedback will be accepted until the release of the RFP. However, MassCEC wishes to note that early feedback will likely be more effective in informing program design.

Launched in November 2019, the first round of ACTNow I resulted in the deployment of $1.4 million in funding and leveraged over $2 million in external cost share funding across nine awarded clean transportation projects. ACTNow I provided funding for a broad range of project topics including light-duty vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, mass transit, and other (e.g. vehicle to grid). MassCEC received grant request proposals that totaled $2.7 million, demonstrating significant market interest and potential. Projects were awarded in all four of the focus areas. Of the nine awarded projects, six provided positive environmental justice impacts and thus qualified for reduced cost share. MassCEC issued a press release detailing ACTNow I funding in September 2020.

Under ACTNow II, MassCEC intends to continue to catalyze decarbonization pathways in the transportation sector in alignment with Massachusetts’ greenhouse gas reduction mandate and environmental justice goals. To that end, MassCEC envisions that the scope of the potential funding opportunity for ACTNow II will focus on three topic areas: (1) charging infrastructure deployment; (2) multimodal and mass transit access;  and (3) urban delivery & fleet electrification. MassCEC is also considering accepting other innovative proposals that meet the overall goals of ACTNow II under an “Other” category. 

 

When will MassCEC be releasing the ACTNow II RFP?

MassCEC anticipates releasing the RFP in late January 2021.

Is the application for ACTNow II available?

Not yet. MassCEC is only accepting feedback on the NOI at this time.

What kind of feedback is MassCEC looking for on the NOI?

MassCEC has provided some targeted questions within each of the focus area sections so we are looking for feedback on those as well as any other general comments that stakeholders have. We welcome feedback on program structure and timeline, focus area content, equity concerns, and budgeting. Feedback can be in the form of direct responses to our questions, questions that you have, or general sector background that you feel we should be aware of. 

How do I provide comment on the NOI?

MassCEC is collecting feedback through the cleantransportation@masscec.com email inbox as well as on the #feedback-for-masscec Slack thread. 

Can we provide feedback over the phone?

Yes, if you would like to discuss your feedback with the clean transportation team rather than sending it via email you can email us at cleantransportation@masscec.com to set up a time. 

How long will MassCEC be accepting feedback for?

MassCEC will be accepting feedback up until the release of the RFP in late January 2021. However, feedback that is provided earlier in the process will have more influence on the RFP. 

 

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to cleantransportation@masscec.com

We will update this page with questions as they come in.