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Establishing a Long-Term Natural Gas Research Strategy to Achieve Aggressive Statewide Carbon Neutrality Goals

Contract for Services to a California Public or Private Entity
to Create a Research Plan for Statewide Decarbonization

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California Energy Commission (CEC)

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03/19/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Contract for services to a California public or private entity to formulate a research plan to decarbonize the state. The contract awardee will develop a long-range strategy that will guide future technological development and implementation to assist in the transition to a net-zero carbon natural gas system. The research strategy will address all stages in the supply chain, and may include technologies that reduce emissions in the interim, prior to attainment of the ultimate net-zero goal.

The purpose of this program is to produce a long-term natural gas research strategy to help decarbonize California by 2045. The strategy is expected to produce prioritized research recommendations that include all stages in the supply chain (production, transmission, storage, and distribution for low carbon fuels) and all natural gas (NG) end use sectors, except for utility-scale power generation. These recommendations will inform future research on technology development, deployment, and demonstration in the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Natural Gas Research Program to help transition to a net-zero carbon natural gas system. Please note that while net-zero carbon emissions is the end goal, technologies and strategies which reduce GHG emissions in the interim and help enable the transition to decarbonization (e.g., energy efficiency) are within the scope of the study. 

The CEC’s Natural Gas Research Program invests in technologies and solutions that  promote a more reliable, cost-effective, safe, and equitable energy service for natural gas sector ratepayers and supports California’s energy and environmental goals. New energy technologies and strategies will need to be developed to achieve these aggressive goals, and with limited research funding, investments will need to be strategically targeted.

For information on research categories and areas, see p. 15 of the RFP found in Supporting Documents below.

For goals and objectives, and expected strategies and outputs, see p. 16 of the RFP.

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GrantWatch ID#: 194369

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There is $500,000 available for the contract resulting from this RFP. This is an hourly rate plus cost reimbursement contract and the award will be made to the responsible Bidder receiving the highest points. The CEC reserves the right to reduce the contract amount to an amount deemed appropriate in the event the budgeted funds do not provide full funding of Energy Commission contracts.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This is an open solicitation for public and private entities.

All corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) that conduct intrastate business in California are required to be registered and in good standing with the California Secretary of State prior to its project being recommended for approval

Pre-proposal Conference:

CEC staff will hold one Pre-Application Workshop to discuss the solicitation with potential applicants. Participation is optional but encouraged. The Pre-Application Workshop will be held remotely. Applicants may attend the workshop via Zoom or via conference call on the date and at the time and location listed below.

Pre-Application Workshop January 27, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Please call (916) 654-4381 or refer to the CEC's website to confirm the date and time.

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Meeting ID: 999 4400 8506
Meeting Password: meeting@10
Topic: RFP-20-501 Pre-Application Workshop

Telephone Access Only:
Call 1-888 475 4499 (Toll Free) or 1-877 853 5257 (Toll Free).

For Zoom Technical Support at 1-888-799-9666 ext. 2. You may also contact the CEC’s Public Advisor’s Office at, or 800-822-6228.

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Key Dates:

- RFP Release Date – January 20, 2021
- Pre-Bid Conference Date – January 27, 2021
- Written Questions Submittal Deadline* – January 29, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
- Distribute Questions/Answers and Addenda (if any) to RFP – Week of February 8, 2021
- Deadline to Submit Proposals – March 19, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
- Clarification Interviews (If necessary) Date(s) – Week of April 5, 2021
- Notice of Proposed Award Date - Week of April 19, 2021
- Commission Business Meeting Date – June 9, 2021
- Contract Start Date – June 30, 2021
- Contract Termination Date – June 30, 2023

*All technical questions must be received by the deadline. Non-technical questions (e.g., questions concerning application format requirements or attachment instructions) may be submitted to the Commission Agreement Officer (CAO) at any time prior the application deadline.

For a full list of related documents and resources, see the URL for Full Text below.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

A Bidder may deliver a Bid by U. S. Mail, Fed Ex, UPS (or similar mail service) to:

Contracts Office, MS-18
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, 1st Floor
Sacramento, California 95814

Marissa Sutton
Commission Agreement Officer
California Energy Commission
(916) 897-1586

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