Bids Due Feb. 11 for Renewable Heating and Cooling RFP in New York

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Bids are due Feb. 11 in a solicitation for renewable heating and cooling analytics services issued by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The state authority seeks firms that can provide technical information, economic and technical modeling, and policy and economic analysis in the area of renewable heating and cooling.

NYSERDA expects to select multiple contractors that will provide as-needed consulting services in the following support areas: economic and technical analytical tools for renewable heating and cooling technologies; analysis of value opportunities in the renewable heating and cooling sector; financing solutions for the renewable heating and cooling sector.

Up to $500,000 is available over two years for the services. NYSERDA may extend the contract term and offer additional funds.

The state expects renewable heating and cooling to play a important role in helping it reach its carbon reduction targets of 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.  To that end
NYSERDA is developing a comprehensive policy framework for renewable thermal technologies.

NYSERDA envisions the framework furtherng its biomass and solar thermal programs. It also hopes to develop new programs where gaps exist (such as with respect to heat pumps), and provide greater context of renewable thermal activities across the state.

The work commission from the RFP  is likely to focus initially on heat pumps (ground, air and water), solid biomass (pellet and chip) and solar thermal; both onsite and through district heating and cooling. Other technologies also may be analyzed, such as heat from biogas/anaerobic digestion, biomethane injection, or other similar technologies.

Within this context, the authority anticipates that the work to be undertaken under this solicitation will:

  • Develop analytical tools that will enable prioritization of various renewable thermal technologies and evaluation of renewable thermal policy options and program design
  • Provide analysis and other assistance with regard to quantifying the full (potential) value of various renewable heating and cooling technologies
  • Help expand access to the financial markets and develop yet to be designed financing solutions for project developers and customers in the renewable heating and cooling sector.

For technical questions, contact: Erich Scherer 518-862-1090 Ext. 3579. The RFP is available on NYSERDA’s website.

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