Request for Proposals - Community Clean Energy and Resiliency Program

 

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is soliciting Expressions of Interest (“EOIs”) from groups interested in participating in an energy resiliency needs analysis and system design study (“Study”) for their community under the Clean Energy and Resiliency Program (“CLEAR”).

Community applicants are encouraged to apply under one of two categories:

  1. Municipalities, who must have participated in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Municipal Vulnerable Preparedness (MVP) program
  2. Non-municipal communities, who must designate a lead organization, such as a business or non-profit, and whose facilities proposed for study must be located within a municipality that participated in the EEA MVP program.

Each community applicant must have at least one facility which they own, operate, or maintain and can involve in the Study. Selected community teams will work with MassCEC’s approved (pre-selected) technical consultants.

This solicitation for EOIs represents the first step of a multi-phase process. MassCEC anticipates selecting nine (9) Communities to participate in energy resiliency needs analyses and system design studies valued at approximately $75,000 per Study. Each Community will be matched with a Consultant by MassCEC. Funding will be allocated exclusively to the Consultant responsible for performing the analysis. Consultants will have been selected by MassCEC under the CLEAR RFP for Technical Consultants, which accepted applications during the fall of 2019. MassCEC anticipates awarding the first round of energy resiliency analyses and system design studies in Q2 of 2020.

All applications related to this EOI must be submitted to MassCEC by 11:59 PM EDT on Monday, April 6, 2020. The submission must be sent via email to microgrids@masscec.com with “CLEAR Program - EOI” in the email subject line.

Expression of Interest

Frequently Asked Questions Updated 3/10//2020

*Note: A utility letter of support is only obligatory if the community is seeking to use utility-owned infrastructure in a way that it is crucial for the success of the proposed project (e.g. microgrid). If a community is only focused on individual resilient buildings, a utility letter of support is not obligatory but would be welcomed. Please see #9, 10, and 15 on the Frequently Asked Questions link above.

 

Application must include the following:

Attachment A: EOI Cover Sheet

Attachment B: Signature and Acceptance Form

Attachment C: Application Form

Optional:

Attachment D: Additional Facilities

Attachments A, B, and C are provided as separate fillable Word documents. Applicants should complete each form and submit as separate PDF documents. Any optional components (Attachment D) should also be submitted as PDF's.

 

Below is the timeline for the EOI process.

EOI Milestone

Date

EOI Released

Monday, February 10, 2020

Informational Webinar

Thursday, February 27, 2020 1:30-2:30pm

Questions Due to MassCEC

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 11:59pm

Expressions of Interest Due to MassCEC

Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Notification of Selected Projects

May 2020

 

 

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