Volume 3, Number 2
28 February 2002
Solicitations & RFPs
The following solicitations and requests for proposals (RFPs) may be of interest to the U.S. geothermal community:
They are listed in order of their deadlines.
State Energy Program (SEP) FY 2002 Special Projects. In 2002, for the seventh year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is offering States the opportunity to apply to undertake a variety of Special Projects under SEP. Approximately $18.5 million will be available for projects. Projects must not exceed 24 months.
End-use Sector Participant 6.62: State Geothermal Energy Support, has $475,000 available for an estimated six projects. The Federal share of the total project cost must not exceed $100,000. At least 25% of project costs must be from non-Federal funds; 50% cost-share is desired. Proposals are restricted to States in the Denver and Seattle Regions, and are requested in:
Applications must be received at the relevant DOE Regional Office no later than 15 March. For more information, see the SEP Corner Cafe web site.
Technical Assistance for the Renewable Energy Program (500-01-503). The California Energy Commission (CEC) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals that will lead to the selection of a Contractor and a team of subcontractors to provide technical support to the CEC's Renewable Energy Program (REP). Bidders are asked to propose data collection efforts; incentive levels and structures; engineering, economic, and institutional analyses; and allocation and administrative procedures that will most effectively assist the REP in efficiently providing incentive support to Californias renewable industries.
There is a maximum of $2.7 million available for a three-year contract resulting from this RFP. The deadline to submit proposals is 27 March 2002. For more information, see the CEC's Contracts web page.
Enhanced Geothermal Systems (DE-PS07-02ID14264). The DOE Idaho Operations Office is seeking applications for the development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) to expand production from geothermal resources. For purposes of this solicitation, EGS are defined as engineered reservoirs created to extract heat from economically unproductive geothermal resources. EGS projects are sought to improve reservoir productivity and lifetime through the application of either conventional or novel engineering techniques. The objective of this solicitation is to bring new geothermal resources into production using EGS to generate electric power.
Over the next five to six years, approximately $10 million in federal funds will be made available. About $500,000 is expected to be available in fiscal year 2002 to fund one to two awards. Cost share is required.
The SF 424, and the technical application must have an Industry Interactive Procurement System (IIPS) transmission time stamp of not later than 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) on 1 April 2002.
The solicitation is available through the DOE IIPS web site.
Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Lands (DE-PS36-02GO92006). DOE's Tribal Energy Program promotes tribal energy self-sufficiency and fosters employment and economic development on Tribal Lands. Under this solicitation, DOE will solicit applications from Federally recognized Tribes or Alaskan Native Corporations, on whose Tribal Lands the project will be located, to either: 1) conduct feasibility studies for the development of economically sustainable renewable energy installations on Tribal Lands; or 2) implement sustainable renewable energy development projects. Electrical generation and direct use geothermal projects are eligible.
Subject to funding availability, total DOE funding available under this solicitation is approximately $2.5 million. DOE anticipates selecting 10-15 feasibility study applications and 3-5 development project applications. Awards will be from one to three years. A minimum cost share of 20% is required for development projects.
A pre-application conference is planned for 20 March in Denver in conjunction with the Council of Energy Resource Tribes Sustainability Conference.
Geothermal Resource and Exploration Definition (GRED). The Geothermal Resource Exploration and Definition (GRED) program is a cooperative effort by DOE and the U.S. geothermal industry to evaluate additional geothermal resources throughout the western United States, and to promote their development and increase geothermal electrical power generation. Total DOE funds committed to the cost-shared program over three years is $4.4 million. Seven awards were made in August 2000:
DOE plans a second solicitation in March or April 2002. For more information, contact Norm Warpinski at Sandia National Laboratories at Tel: (505) 844-3640, or Email.
FY 2002 EERE Broad-based Solicitation. To be issued by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. For more information, see DOE IIPS web site.
Twenty-one people, representing a range of stakeholder interests, attended the third meeting of the Idaho Geothermal Energy Working Group Steering Committee in Boise on 6 February. The Energy Division of the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) hosted the meeting.
The meeting covered several items:
After the meeting, participants were given a tour of the new Ada County Courthouse which is heated by geothermal energy.
For more information on the Idaho Geothermal Energy Working Group, email Mr. Gerry Galinato of IDWR.
Fourteen states across the U.S. have established funds to promote renewable energy and clean energy technologies. The Clean Energy Funds Network (CEFN) is a non-profit project that provides information and technical services to these funds and works with them to build and expand clean energy markets in the United States.
Between 1998 and 2012, roughly $3.5 billion will be collected by the 14 states. California, whose fund will collect at least $135 million per year through 2011, accounts for more than half of all funding. Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey are the next largest funds, each collecting on average $20-$30 million per year ("Clean Energy Funds: An Overview of State Support for Renewable Energy, April 2001). Geothermal electricity is eligible under many of the funds, but is frequently a strong target for support only where economic resource potential exists in the West.
The CEFN web site provides information about the state fundssometimes called system benefit charge (SBC) programsincluding a library of documents and links about state funds and renewable energy, a database of actual projects being funded by state funds, and a monthly e-newsletter.
The 14 states are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.
The World Bank's Global Environment Facility (GEF) plans to negotiate a new $13.4 million project to preserve the Guarani Aquifer System of South America. The objective of the project is to help Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay jointly elaborate and implement a common institutional and technical framework for the system, including exploring the development of the Guarani Aquifer Systems geothermal energy potential. Negotiations are tentatively scheduled for February 2002.
Consulting serviced may be required. For more information, contact:
The conference will showcase outstanding projects and initiatives in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources from all over the world and inform about the latest development in energy politics. A special program element is the presentation of the winners of the Energy Globe Award 2002--the prize for sustainable energy projects.
International leaders in the business of the environment will convene to discuss how major developments in energy policy and sustainable development can be translated into technology solutions and business opportunities.
The conference will focus on three areas--technology, business, and regulations--which are key to the emergence of Distributed Resources as an energy option for North America and the world.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA)-sponsored conference will highlight 60 projects in Latin America representing business opportunities for U.S. companies. Projects are in the early preparation stage or have been recently approved for financing by the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Andean Development Corporation. U.S. companies will be presented with a briefing book outlining projects and have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the key bank task managers and project sponsors.
The conference will define South America's energy needs over the medium term; identify regulatory, policy, resource, and other constraints that the countries of South America face; and suggest appropriate initiatives and policy responses for overcoming those constraints and for meeting energy needs.
The Electric Power 2002 Exhibition and Conference has been selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce to participate in its International Buyer Program, one of only 28 events chosen and the only one serving the power sector. With this designation, U.S. Embassies and commercial offices throughout the world will actively encourage buying delegations to attend the conference.
Addressing the objectives of Executive Order 13123, Greening of the Government, this Federal Energy Management Program workshop is an introductory course which covers cost-effective, renewable energy technologies for new and retrofit construction, electricity generation, and green power procurement.
This event will focus on the geothermal resources within the State of New Mexico, characteristics of its appropriate use, and the energy and regulatory environments in which it must operate. The State's geothermal stakeholders will be in attendance for review of current activities. Senator Jeff Bingaman will provide the Keynote Address on Comprehensive Energy Legislation.
The conference is sponsored by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department; the U.S. Department of Energy; and Sandia National Laboratories
Presented by: the Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation, the U.S. Department of Energy: Wind Powering America, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Western Area Power Administration.
The conference will bring together financing firms, power and energy developers, government financial institutions, and other key decisionmakers to share information on energy project financing in international markets. The focus will be on projects which require less than $100 million in capital investment.
Presented by the Geothermal Resources Council, with the DOE GeoPowering the West Program, and the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy
The Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) Worldwide Energy Conference is the vital forum where the most important individuals in the federal energy market meet to forge new alliances with the industry partners that can help them in their new and revised mission. The theme is "Partnering for Total Energy Solutions." The conference's objective is to exchange information on an array of energy topics of interest to our customers and suppliers in industry--topics that will help us all stay current on both federal and defense programs and the latest technologies in use in the private sector.
The U.S. Commercial Liaison Office for the ADB will help facilitate access to ADB Annual Meeting seminars for about 25 U.S. non-financial firms and will arrange appointments at the side U.S.- China event in advance for U.S. firms.
The National Clean Cities Program is a voluntary, locally based, government-industry partnership that mobilizes local stakeholders in order to expand the adoption of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.
The workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program, and cosponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. General Services Administration.
The main aim of the course is to widen the knowledge in the field of geothermal energy resources among researchers, academicians, industrialists, agriculturalists, planners, and policy makers from various countries, using methods which are generally employed in studies related to groundwater resources.
The conference will address current and future energy-related issues and discuss solutions. Representatives of the government, along with all sectors of the energy industry, e.g., oil, natural gas, geothermal, solar, wind, and hydropower, will present new ideas, technologies, products, and services that will benefit the entire energy industry.
The main objectives of the IGC-2003 are: to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and knowledge relating to engineering, environmental, financial, and scientific issues of multiform geothermal development; to demonstrate the indisputable benefits that may be attained from integrated and multi-use of geothermal energy with respect to environmental, socio-economic, and pure commercial considerations; and to identify barriers to widespread geothermal development, e.g., legal issues, risk, public attitude, and scarcity of funding, and their mitigation.
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