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--- Southern California Edison (SCE) has launched a Request for Offers (RFO) to acquire electricity from new renewable distributed generating facilities. The RFO was launched to support SCE’s Preferred Resources Pilot (PRP) in central and south Orange County and is seeking up to 50 megawatts of renewable power. SCE is seeking power from projects as small as 500 kilowatts that can connect to its distribution system in the area and come online by December 2017.
The renewable sources of power bid in this solicitation may include solar and wind generation along with other renewable resources. SCE is soliciting for renewable distributed resources in the PRP area such as rooftop and carport solar photovoltaic systems to study how these clean resources can help contribute to local grid reliability.
SCE has scheduled a bidder's web conference on Dec. 2.
https://sceprprfo.accionpower.com/_scedgpr_1401/home.asp (posted 11/22/14)
--- The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is soliciting interest in the implementation of a Biomass Gasification project for CHP application in Sacramento, California.
SMUD seeks to identify a qualified and experienced project developer that will implement a Biomass Gasification project for CHP application in partnership with SMUD and the project site host. The developer will finance, design, build, own, and operate the project under SMUD’s grant disbursement and power purchase agreement (PPA) requirements.
SMUD has been successful in tapping into local biomass resources to develop biomass‐to‐energy projects in the Sacramento County. SMUD partnered with private and public entities to help build 4 (four) dairy digester projects, which are currently in operation, with a fifth one under construction and a facility at the local waste water treatment plant to receive, process and inject food waste as well as fats, oil and grease (FOG) into one of the digesters for co‐digestion with sludge, increasing biogas production (the biogas is piped and used at SMUD’s Cosumnes combined cycle power plant). In addition, SMUD provided support for the development of two local food waste centralized digesters producing biogas for electricity generation and transportation fuels. SMUD also has PPAs with the Sacramento County for the purchase of electricity.
Under California AB-32 SMUD is offering $1.15 million in funding, help securing the project site, a long‐term (e.g., 10‐, 15‐, 20‐year) power purchase agreement (PPA), assistance obtaining permits and assistance with grid interconnection.
Due date November 26, 2014
--- The U.S. Forest Service is seeking proposals to expand wood energy and wood products markets to support sustainable forest management, especially in areas of the country with high wildfire risks.
Proposals will be evaluated through the agency’s Wood Innovations program, which will provide roughly $5 million to help successful applicants increase or stimulate markets for wood energy and wood products in a manner which helps enhance forest sustainability while providing useful products and jobs for people.
The funding is available for a diverse range of activities such as completing the final engineering design for a renewable wood energy system or establishing statewide wood energy or wood utilization teams to demonstrating wood as a primary building material in commercial construction.
Bioenergy is the use of organic material, such as materials from forest thinning, residues, agricultural waste or urban wood waste, to generate heating, cooling and/or electricity.
Due date January 23, 2015
--- Southern California Edison (SCE) has launched a Request for Offers (RFO) to procure electricity from independent power producers as part of its Solar Photovoltaic Program (SPVP).
The program is primarily designed to encourage energy production from rooftop-mounted solar photovoltaic facilities sized between 500 kilowatts and 10 megawatts. SCE is seeking up to 63 megawatts of direct current power based on the economics of the offers. SCE has scheduled a bidder's web conference on Oct. 17 to discuss the SPVP4 RFO process. (Posted 10/10/14)
--- Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has announced the launch of the third round of the Game Changer Competitive Grant Program. The Game Changer Competitive Grant Program is designed to support novel renewable energy (electric and/or thermal) systems or deployment strategies. Successful projects must result in additional renewable energy capacity installed in the state of Maryland, within the grant period. MEA expects to grant awards for successful proposals in the range of $50,000-$250,000 per project. MEA anticipates a cost sharing scheme with applicants whereby MEA would cover up to thirty (30) percent.
The primary focus of the Game Changer Competitive grant is renewable energy. However, MEA is willing to consider innovative transportation-related projects that enable greater use of alternative fuel vehicles and result in displacement of traditional liquid petroleum in Maryland, within the grant period. Enhanced deployment of renewable energy generation will help the State to meet its aggressive renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.
This grant provides funds to mitigate the additional costs and risks of installing game changing energy systems. MEA will work with the successful applicants to evaluate the efficacy of proposed systems through performance data analysis and assess the cost/benefit ratios of those systems and/or deployment strategies through life cycle analyses.
Potential projects may include, but are not limited to:
Due date December 19, 2014
---The US Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) has issued a Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee Solicitation, which would make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available to support innovative, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the United States that reduce, avoid or sequester greenhouse gases. The solicitation is intended to support renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that are catalytic, replicable, and market ready.
Loan guarantees can be an important tool to commercialize innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies because these projects may be unable to obtain full commercial financing due to the perceived risks associated with technology that has never been deployed at commercial scale.
The solicitation seeks applications for projects that cover a range of technologies.
Applications will undergo a two-part review. The Part I submission provides DOE with a description of the project; technical information; background information on management, financing, construction, and operating strategies; and progress to date of critical path schedules. Part I will determine the initial eligibility of a project and whether it is ready to proceed. Applications that clear Part I then proceed to Part II, which includes the full application process. The Part II submission consists of the items summarized in Attachment A of the solicitation as well as other information that may be requested to facilitate DOE’s continued due diligence review.
In order to encourage submissions of complete applications as early as possible, Part II submissions will be systematically reviewed on a continuous basis as soon as they are received. However, final selection of qualified applicants will not occur until after all Part II submissions are competitively evaluated against all others submitted during the corresponding round of review.
Schedule of due dates begins October 1, 2014 and ends March 2, 2016 (see Solicitation)
--- The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has released PON 2828 Renewable Portfolio Stand Customer-Sited Tier Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity which makes available approximately $20.4 million in New York State Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) funding to support the installation and operation of Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG)- to-Electricity Systems.
Due date December 31, 2015
--- The New York States Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is announcing the availability of approximately $13.8 million in incentives to encourage the installation of end-use wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional or government use. The incentives, of up to $400,000 per site/customer, will be paid to eligible installers who install new approved grid-connected wind energy systems using qualified equipment, in accordance with the eligibility requirements described below. The maximum equipment size shall be 2 MW per site/customer. NYSERDAs incentive shall not exceed 50 percent of the total installed cost of the system.
Applications accepted from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015 or until funds are fully committed.