NYPA issues RFP seeking to engage a broader range of the growing energy services market

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP), seeking to engage a broader range of the growing energy services market to significantly increase NYPA’s throughput of projects and meet New York State’s ambitious clean energy, resiliency, and reliability goals.
NYPA issues RFP seeking to engage a broader range of the growing energy services market
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The RFP will identify vendors qualified to support the participation of NYPA customers in Community Distributed Generation (CDG) projects developed in New York State (NYS). Vendors selected through this solicitation may have the opportunity to solicit NYPA customers as anchor or non-demand subscribers to NYS CDG projects.

The selection process aims to:

Promote renewable energy systems as a means to achieve NYS energy goals, including the Clean Energy Standard’s requirement that 70 percent of the State's electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030;

Increase the number of successful renewable/distributed energy projects as a means to reduce energy costs for public entities statewide;

Create a framework to allow public entities to procure renewable/distributed energy systems on an ongoing basis; and,

Provide NYPA customers the opportunity to procure services of qualified vendors in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Respondents may be invited to participate in conversations with NYPA in the form of one-on-one meetings and/or wider stakeholder meetings following submissions to this RFQ. These conversations will: (a) inform NYPA of your current and/or future offerings and objectives, (b) outline proposed solutions, and (c) include discussion of ways in which NYPA may support such objectives.

NYPA is the largest state public power organisation in the US, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 80 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales and transmission of electricity. NYPA provides the lowest-cost electricity in New York State and is the only statewide electricity supplier.  NYPA has a long history in large-scale energy storage through the construction and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power project and the Lewiston Pump Generating Plant.

As a transmission owner, NYPA also has extensive knowledge of the New York bulk-power system and experience with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) interconnection process. NYPA’s focus on innovation dates back to the 1950s and 1960s when NYPA built its major hydroelectric plants on the St. Lawrence and Niagara rivers. NYPA seeks to continue its history of innovation through support of energy storage development. 

In July 2019, New York passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). CLCPA targets include 70 percent renewable energy by 2030, 6 GW of distributed solar by 2025, 3 GW of energy storage by 2030, and 9 GW of offshore wind by 2035.

As part of CLCPA’s Phase One, NYPA was tasked with assisting in the development of at least 325 MW of renewable energy capacity at public facilities by providing 'turn-key' solutions to its government customers.

Proposers are requested to provide information they believe may support NYPA customer participation in CDG projects in any stage of development. Of particular interest are the ways in which NYPA may collaborate with vendors to further its objectives to deploy distributed energy resources in NYS.

Respondents are also requested to outline their experience and qualifications related to the subject matter described. Vendors are to provide terms and costs for a Commercial and Industrial (C&I) customer to act as an anchor or non-demand subscriber to a CDG project, along with the subscription management plan. Proposers are also to describe the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in the CDG project, including the subscription management vendor.

Responses should be limited to no more than ten pages, not including any supporting documentation featuring project examples or project references, and should clearly identify service offerings, discount rate(s) for anchors or non-demand subscribers, or other considerations. Discount rates in the pricing sheet are to be submitted separately from the RFP main response.  Vendors are to provide their minimum and maximum discount rate per utility zone.  Please refer to the pricing sheet for all pricing scenarios to be provided in the response.

NYPA will evaluate each proposer’s NYS projects and the discount rate(s) to be provided to NYPA customers.

For additional information:

New York Power Authority (NYPA)

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