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Mobile Renewable Backup Generation (MORBUGs)

Grants to California Public and Private Entities to
Improve the Resilience of the Electric System

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04/16/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to California public and private entities to advance clean energy systems. Funding is intended to enhance the resilience of the electric system to extreme weather events and climate change. A portion of funding will be allocated to projects that benefit disadvantaged and low-income communities.

The purpose of this solicitation is to provide funding to support the 2018-2020 EPIC Investment Plan Strategic Initiative S7.2.3 to Integrate Climate Readiness into Electricity System Operations, Tools, and Models. This solicitation will fund projects to advance clean energy mobile backup systems or Mobile Renewable Backup Generation Systems (MORBUGs) that increase the resiliency of the electricity system to climate change and extreme weather events.

MORBUGs Technology Demonstration and Deployment

Two groups will demonstrate existing mobile clean energy systems in different field operating conditions with different electrical load demands. Because there is so little experience with these systems, a key learning from the research will be the duration of support in various applications and operational conditions. Technologies in this area must be in Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 - 8.

  • Group 1: Demonstrating Smaller-scale MORBUGs: This group will solicit projects that can address loads up to 9 kW. 
  • Group 2: Demonstrating Larger-scale MORBUGs: This group will solicit projects that can address loads above 10kW. 

MORBUGs Applied Research and Development

Recipients in this group will design a mobile system that can fully replace a mobile fossil-fuel system.  It will need to be designed to leverage existing transportation mediums without compromising equipment durability. Technologies in this area must be in TRL 4 and should move up at least one level by the end of the project term.

  • Group 3: Developing Independent MORBUGs: This group will be for applied research on technologies to provide reliable mobile renewable backup generation. The systems must be able to support a minimum of 35 kW of continuous load for a minimum of 48 hours. 

Program Areas, Strategic Objectives, and Funding Initiatives

EPIC projects must fall within the following program areas identified by the CPUC:

  • Applied research and development;
  • Technology demonstration and deployment; and 
  • Market facilitation.

In addition, projects must fall within one of the general focus areas (“strategic objectives”) identified in the CEC’s EPIC Investment Plans  and within one or more specific focus areas (“funding initiatives”) identified in the plan.  This solicitation targets the following program areas, strategic objective, and funding initiative:

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  • Program Areas: Technology Demonstration and Deployment, and Applied Research and Development
  • Strategic Objective 7:  Develop Tools and Analysis to Inform Energy Policy and Planning Decisions
    • Funding Initiative S7.2: Increase the Resiliency of the Electricity System to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

At least 25% of available Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) technology demonstration and deployment funding must be allocated to project sites located in, and benefiting, disadvantaged communities; and an additional minimum 10% of funds must be allocated to projects sites located in and benefiting low-income communities. The Energy Commission in administering EPIC must also take into account adverse localized health impacts of proposed projects to the greatest extent possible, and give preference for funding to clean energy projects that benefit residents of low-income or disadvantaged communities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 194904

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Group 1: Demonstrating Smaller-scale MORBUGs:
- Available funding: $3,000,000
- Minimum award amount: $500,000
- Maximum award amount: $1,000,000

Group 2: Demonstrating Larger-scale MORBUGs
- Available funding: $5,000,000
- Minimum award amount: $1,000,000
- Maximum award amount: $2,000,000

Group 3: Developing Independent MORBUGs
- Available funding: $6,000,000
- Minimum award amount: $1,000,000
- Maximum award amount: $3,000,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This solicitation is open to all public and private entities with the exception of local publicly owned electric utilities. In accordance with CPUC Decision 12-05-037, funds administered by the CEC may not be used for any purposes associated with local publicly owned electric utility activities.

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 at an CEC Business Meeting. If not currently registered with the California Secretary of State, applicants are encouraged to contact the Secretary of State’s Office as soon as possible to avoid potential delays in beginning the proposed project(s) (should the application be successful). For more information, contact the Secretary of State’s Office via its website at Sole proprietors using a fictitious business name must be registered with the appropriate county and provide evidence of registration to the CEC prior to their project being recommended for approval at an CEC Business Meeting.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Workshop - GFO-20-310 - Mobile Renewable Backup Generation (MORBUGs)
March 19, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Remote Access Only

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Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: April 16, 2021, 5:00 pm

Key Activities Schedule:
- Pre-Application Workshop: March 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
- Deadline for Written Questions: March 22, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
- Anticipated Distribution of Questions and Answers: Week of March 29, 2021
- Deadline to Submit Applications: April 16, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
- Anticipated Notice of Proposed Award Posting Date: April 30, 2021
- Anticipated Energy Commission Business Meeting Date: June 9, 2021
- Anticipated Agreement Start Date: September 2021
- Anticipated Agreement End Date : March 31, 2025

Match funding is required in the amount of at least 20% minimum for Groups 1 and 2 of the requested project funds. Match funding for Group 3 will be extra credit.

Contact Information:

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

The preferred method of delivery for this solicitation is the Energy Commission Grant Solicitation System, available at

Submit hard copies to:
Contracts, Grants, and Loans Office, MS-18
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, 1st Floor
Sacramento, California 95814

During the solicitation process, direct questions to the Commission Agreement Officer listed below:
Tonya Heron, Commission Agreement Officer
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-18
Sacramento, California 95814
Telephone: (916) 827-8343
FAX: (916) 654-4423

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