Request for Proposals: Net Zero Grid Distribution Planning Lab – Technical Support and Demonstration Vendors

NOTE: This Program is now closed and is not accepting proposals.

MassCEC received applications from consultants and professionals with expertise in power systems engineering, integrated systems planning with distributed energy resources, load forecasting and scenario analysis, and grid modernization benefit-cost analysis to assist the Commonwealth in lowering barriers to accomplishing the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 on its road to Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions.


RFP Released March 29, 2021
Questions Due April 30, 2021
Responses to Questions Posted May 7, 2021
Applications Due June 9, 2021 by 11:59 EST
Selection Announcement July, 2021

See below for the solicitation and relevant attachments:


MassCEC provided the following awards under this solicitation:

  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) - awarded grant funding under Scope 1 - Preparatory analysis. EPRI is a non-profit research institute founded as a membership organization to conduct R&D activities on behalf of investor-owned utilities in the United States. EPRI will conduct load forecasting for up to fifteen (15) circuit typologies in a single EDC territory and model circuits in both EDC territories.
  • Envelio - awarded grant funding under Scope 2 - Demonstration of novel tools and approaches. Envelio is a German company with a proprietary software package that can create a full distribution network model and propose upgrade plans that would accommodate growth in DERs and electrification load. Envelio will model and provide power flow scenarios for both EDC distribution systems and cost parameters for upgrades in each scenario.
  • Opus One Solutions- awarded grant funding under Scope 2 - Demonstration of novel tools and approaches. Opus One is a software company with several products, including a transactive energy suite. Opus One’s Integrated Distribution Planning product demonstration will provide optimized distribution capital plans to proactively minimize costs and avoid distribution system constraints while arriving at a proposed upgrade set that can accommodate the resources anticipated in 2050.


Frequently Asked Questions

MassCEC is aware that much of the anticipated scope of the Net Zero Grid Distribution Planning Lab is relevant to work that has been conducted as part of the Grid Modernization Lab Consortium. As such, MassCEC advised applicants that they should be prepared to draw connections between their proposed scope of work and the work conducted under the GMLC, including any potential involvement of researchers at or affiliated with National Lab partners.