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Performance Audit of Californias Cap-and-Trade and Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs for the California Air Resources Board

Bid Information


Bid Alert No: 00000539086

Bid Title: Performance Audit of Californias Cap-and-Trade and Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs for the California Air Resources Board

Agency Bid No. Title: 15ISD014

Received Date: 04/12/2016

Close Date: 05/10/2016

Purchase Type: Not Stated

Delivery Point: Sacramento, California

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Pre-Bid Conference Optional 04/14/2016 10:00 AM, Questions Due By 04/21/2016 05:00 PM

Specifications

Specifications include, but are not limited to: PURPOSE / BACKGROUND / SCOPE OF WORK A. Purpose This Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit competitive proposals from experienced and qualified Contractors to audit current program operations and procedures, including the secure handling, storage, accessibility, and transfer of confidential data. The audit shall be completed to independently assess how the Air Resources Board (ARB) is following internal protocols and best practices to implement two major greenhouse gas (GHG) programs: the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program and the Cap-and-Trade Program. The work of this contract is expected to last up to 24 months; no work shall begin until all required signatures and approvals are obtained. The project has a maximum budget amount of $600,000. Proposals exceeding this amount will be deemed non-responsive and ineligible for award. B. Background ARB is charged with designing emission reduction measures to meet Statewide emissions limits for GHGs. The California Global Warming Solutions Act, Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32, 2006), directs ARB to design measures that achieve real, quantifiable, cost-effective reductions of GHG emissions and return California to 1990 emission levels by the year 2020. To reach this emissions target, AB 32 authorizes ARB to adopt market-based compliance mechanisms, such as a cap-and-trade program, to achieve emission reductions. Additional information on AB 32 can be found on the ARB website at www.arb.ca.gov/climatechange. The Regulation for the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Mandatory Reporting Regulation, or MRR) requires the reporting of GHGs by major emitters of GHGs and the independent, third-party verification of GHG emissions data reports. All GHG emissions data reports must comply with regulatory requirements, and be submitted via the California Electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool (Cal e-GGRT). The MRR is applicable to industrial facilities, fuel suppliers, and electricity generators and importers. Reporting entities that are also subject to the Cap-and-Trade Regulation are required to have their GHG emissions data reports verified each year by ARB-accredited verification bodies. The California Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market-Based Compliance Mechanisms Regulation (Cap-and-Trade Regulation) establishes a firm limit, or cap, on GHG emissions that declines over time. To ensure that GHG emissions remain at or below the cap, ARB issues tradeable permits (allowances) equal to the cap, each of which is equivalent to one metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent. The declining number of allowances each year incentivizes covered entities to reduce GHGs and trade any excess allowances. Entities receive these allowances directly from ARB, by purchase from an auction or reserve sale, or by purchase from the marketplace. ARB also issues and tracks compliance offset credits, whichAir Resources Board RFP No. 15ISD014 Page 5 of 81 are credits for voluntary reductions that occur in sectors outside the cap. Allowances and compliance offset credits are collectively referred to as compliance instruments. Market participants must register and apply for accounts in the Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS) to enable them to acquire, trade, and surrender compliance instruments. At the end of each compliance period, entities with a compliance obligation under the Cap-and-Trade Regulation must surrender a number of compliance instruments equal to their reported and verified emissions for that compliance period. Acronyms and Definitions: a. Contractor. Either the Contractor itself, employees that are directly employed by the Contractor, or any person who is legally authorized to represent the Contractor. b. CITSS. Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service, supported by another Contractor. c. Entity. A person, firm, association, organization, partnership, business trust, corporation, limited liability company, company, or government agency registered under the California Cap-and-Trade Program. d. General Market Participant. A General Market Participant is a general term that has the same definition as a Voluntarily Associated Entity in the California Cap-and-Trade Regulation. e. GHG. Greenhouse Gas. f. Proposer. Party that submits a proposal in response to RFP No. 15ISD014. g. Voluntarily Associated Entity or VAE. An entity which does not have a compliance obligation, as specified by Californias Cap-and-Trade Regulation, but intends to purchase, hold, sell, or voluntarily retire compliance instruments or an entity operating an offset project or early action offset project that is registered under the California Cap-and-Trade Regulation. h. WCI, Inc. Western Climate Initiative, Inc. C. Scope of Work The objective of the audit is to assess how ARB is following internal protocols and best practices to implement two major GHG programs: the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program and the Cap-and-Trade Program. The Contractor will develop findings and recommendations to enhance overall efficiencies and practices commensurate with industry best practices to continue implementation and support of a multi-billion dollar emissions market program. See Attachment 5 , Draft Standard Agreement, Exhibit A, for a detailed Scope of Work.

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Product Codes: 91871, 94620

Agency Information


Issuing Agency: State of California - Air Resources Board

State: California

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Andrea Sutton 1001 "I" Street, 20th Floor, Sacramento, California, 95814

Phone: 916-324-2186

Email: asutton@arb.ca.gov

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