Government Contract | California
Developing the Smart Grid of 2020: Clean, Safe, and Highly Intelligent

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000429235

Bid Title: Developing the Smart Grid of 2020: Clean, Safe, and Highly Intelligent

Agency Bid No. Title: GFO-15-313

Received Date: 12/03/2015

Close Date: 01/15/2016

Purchase Type: Not Stated

Delivery Point: Sacramento, California

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Questions Due By Optional 12/11/2015 05:00 PM


Specifications include, but are not limited to:Group 1: Smart Grid Operation and Management Practices (Funding Initiatives S6.3, S6.4, and S7.4)Projects funded under this group will develop grid operation and management practices, including those for outage management, low system inertia, congestion mitigation, and infrastructure protection that make use of smart grid equipment and renewable availability data. Projects must meet all applicable safety requirements and, if applicable, NERC CIP requirements. Examples of projects include:Developing best practices and applications in data analytics. Select specific examples for a pilot test with the utilities and/or the California Independent System Operator. Examples of projects may include the following topics:Developing best practices, methods and analytical techniques for using the grid short circuit impedance angle ratio (X/R ratio) of a distribution circuit to assess the locational impacts of a distributed energy resources.Developing best practices with a common method for the integration and interconnection of various types of renewable resources into the distribution system that can be universally applied and implemented across all California utilities.Develop best practices and applications for distribution system outage management and communication methods with equipment, field personnel, and/or customers.Developing test procedures, algorithms, and protocols to validate the controllability of multiple assets for the integration of emerging smart grid equipment. Test and validate the safety, interoperability, and security features of ensembles or various configurations of customer-side and grid-connected equipment (system of systems tests). This research must not duplicate existing test procedures for individual devices, such as testing by Underwriters Laboratories or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.Group 2: Distribution Automation Enhancements (Funding Initiative S6.2)Projects funded under this group will enhance existing distribution automation systems to integrate distributed energy resources and improve grid reliability. These projects will develop new and emerging technologies to increase the amount of renewables that can be connected at the distribution level and to provide greater control over the operation of distributed energy resources. Projects may include software and/or hardware including sensors. Projects must meet all applicable safety requirements and, if applicable, NERC CIP requirements. Examples of projects include:Use of smart meters for distribution automation functions such as automatic reconfiguration of feeder equipment settings in response to power flows.Developing technologies and strategies for distribution systems to handle renewable generation issues such as intermittency and voltage regulation.Developing distributed energy resource management system controls for all of the functions within energy-smart communities and microgrids, including smart inverters and smart meters, to handle renewable intermittency issues on distribution circuits.Group 3: Bi-Directional Distribution Equipment, Devices, and Technologies (Funding Initiative S6.1)Projects funded under this group will advance the development and deployment of new technologies to improve the electrical distribution system for a more adaptable and controllable smart grid. Projects must meet all applicable safety requirements and, if applicable, NERC CIP requirements. Examples of projects include:Developing equipment, devices, sensors, and technologies to manage overloading flows, increase distribution circuit capacities, improve resiliency and enable bi-directionality.Developing power protection schemes for the bi-directional flows in the distribution system.Developing technologies for measuring and determining phase balancing and phase identification of loads.Ratepayer Benefits, Technological Advancements, and BreakthroughsCalifornia Public Resources Code Section 25711.5(a) requires EPIC-funded projects to:Benefit electricity ratepayers; andLead to technological advancement and breakthroughs to overcome the barriers that prevent the achievement of the states statutory energy goals.The CPUC defines ratepayer benefits as greater reliability, lower costs, and increased safety.[footnoteRef:8] The CPUC has also adopted the following guiding principles as complements to the key principle of electricity ratepayer benefits: societal benefits; GHG emissions mitigation and adaptation in the electricity sector at the lowest possible cost; the loading order; low-emission vehicles/transportation; economic development; and efficient use of ratepayer monies.[footnoteRef:9] [8: Ibid. at p. 19.] [9: Ibid. at pp. 19-20.]Accordingly, the Project Narrative (Attachment 7) and the Goals and Objectives section of the Scope of Work Template (Attachment 2) must describe how the project will: (1) benefit California IOU ratepayers by increasing reliability, lowering costs, and/or increasing safety; and (2) lead to technological advancement and breakthroughs to overcome barriers to achieving the states statutory energy goals.Measurement and Verification Plan

Product Codes: 91841, 96131

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: The California Energy Commission

State: California

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Diana Parmley California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-18, Sacramento, California, 95814

Phone: 916-651-9404

Fax: 916-654-4423




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