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Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection Energy Systems Planning

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Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000543468

Bid Title: Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection Energy Systems Planning

Agency Bid No. Title: RFQ-15-702

Received Date: 04/14/2016

Close Date: 04/18/2016

Purchase Type: Friday, June 24, 2016 through Friday, March 29, 2019

Delivery Point: Sacramento, California

Delivery Date: Not Stated


Specifications include, but are not limited to:. Purpose of this RFQThe purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to support the following goals, objectives, and policies of the State of California.Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan and the Governors Executive OrderThe Governors Executive Order S-14-08 directed the state agencies to work with the federal agencies to prepare a Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) for the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of California, and to identify top priority areas in California where other similar plans should be developed based upon their renewable energy development potential. The Executive Order, and associated Memoranda of Understanding by and among several state and federal agencies, established a joint state-federal Renewable Energy Action Team (REAT), comprised of the Energy Commission, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Federal participation is supported by the Secretary of the Interiors Secretarial Order 3285 directing all Department of the Interior agencies and departments (which include the BLM and USFWS) to encourage the timely and responsible development of renewable energy, while protecting and enhancing the nations water, wildlife and other natural resources.The science-driven DRECP is intended to become the state road map for renewable energy project development that will advance state and federal conservation goals in these desert regions while also facilitating the timely permitting of renewable energy projects under the state and federal laws which protect critical natural resources. The DRECP will also seek to coordinate existing desert Conservation Plans within the Mojave and Colorado Deserts (i.e., the West Mojave Plan), renewable energy development project plans, the BLM Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, Department of Defense (DOD) renewable energy needs, and transmission planning into an integrated framework for balancing natural resource conservation and renewable energy development.In March 2015, the REAT agencies announced that the DRECP planning process would move forward in a phased manner. Phase I focused on completing a BLM Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) for the DRECP area. The LUPA will amend existing federal land designations to create areas for both energy development and conservation on public lands. Because counties have land use and permitting authority for most projects on private land, they are key partners in meeting the states renewable energy mandates and conservation goals. Phase 2 of DRECP will explore better alignment of renewable energy development and conservation goals and policies at the local, state, and federal levels, including opportunities for a tailored county-by-county approach that supports the overall set of renewable energy mandates and conservation goals in the DRECP area.Renewable Energy Transmission Initiatives (RETI)The Governors Executive Order (S-14-08) also directed the Energy Commission, and requested the CPUC and CAISO, to work with RETI stakeholders to identify top priority renewable energy zones that can be developed reliably, cost-effectively and with least environmental impact, and to identify potential routes/corridors and interconnection points for new transmission lines. RETI 2.0 is a continuation of this effort, and is intended to help achieve the states current climate and policy goals, including a reduction in GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and further reductions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. RETI 2.0 was formally initiated under a July 20, 2015 joint letter by Energy Commission Chairman Weisenmiller and CPUC President Picker to CAISO Chief Executive Officer Berberich.The RETI 2.0 process will establish the relative potential associated with various renewable energy locations throughout California and, through the participation of the CAISO, the CPUC, the Energy Commission, and other California balancing authorities, map the associated transmission infrastructure to those areas and potential new or expanded transmission line corridors. Noting the EPAs recently announced Clean Power Plan Regulations (111d), possible membership of the CAISO beyond Californias borders, and the favorable early results from the CAISOs Energy Imbalance Market, regional stakeholders have been invited to participate in RETI 2.0 to help identify whether there may be additional opportunities to share diverse generation resources and lower GHG emissions across the eleven western states (western states interconnectivity).The RETI 2.0 process will build on data and analytical tools developed for DRECP and the San Joaquin Valley solar process, while assembling additional data, relevant analysis, and technical information for other geographic areas. It is important that the RETI 2.0 process is inclusive and transparent to promote robust stakeholder engagement.Solar Development on Least-Conflict Lands in the San Joaquin ValleyOver the last several years, the San Joaquin Valley has experienced a significant increase in the number of solar projects under development to meet the states 33 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) mandate. A variety of stakeholders have expressed concern over continued solar development and the associated potential impact to both agricultural areas and sensitive habitats. In addition, there is a continued shortage of available water for irrigation needs and long-standing issues associated with the natural buildup of selenium and other chemicals on drainage-impaired agricultural lands and the retirement of impacted lands from agricultural production.In June 2015, the Governors Office of Planning and Research launched a stakeholder-led process to identify least-conflict lands in the San Joaquin Valley for solar development and provide input to policy makers for eliminating barriers to siting projects on those least-conflict areas. Using the best available data and information, stakeholder work groups identified and mapped a set of least-conflict lands for solar development.Evaluation of existing transmission facilities was completed to confirm the available capacity on the current transmission system ranging from 2,000 MW to 3,000 MW. The data and results of the San Joaquin Valley study will feed directly into the planning work to inform RETI 2.0.Landscape-Scale PlanningLandscape-scale planning approaches take into consideration a wide range of potential constraints and conflicts including environmental sensitivity, agricultural and other land uses, tribal cultural resources, and more. Landscape-scale planning for renewable energy and transmission infrastructure and corridors has proven to be an important part of meeting Californias renewable energy mandates and climate goals. From the first RETI process to the joint REAT agency work on the DRECP and the stakeholder-led San Joaquin solar process, California agencies, local, state, and federal governments, Native American tribes, and stakeholders have become increasingly familiar with planning approaches that seek to identify the best areas for renewable energy development and new or expanded transmission lines and transmission corridors.Current and Future WorkThe activities and tasks to be included in this contract are in support of environmental, conservation, and land use planning efforts that are intended to guide responsible energy infrastructure development. Many of the tasks, activities, and initiatives have been identified but there may be other unknown and unidentified activities, tasks, initiatives, and policy direction that the contractor will be asked to assist the Energy Commission in the future. Some of these unknown policy-related initiatives may relate to: drought-related impacts; risks of inundation of low lands under climate change; tidal energy; off-shore wind energy; flooding, mudslide and debris flow risks associated with changing weather patterns; facility vulnerability assessments; avian impacts from energy facilities; drought-related risks; land subsidence; fire risk; feasibility of desalination projects/proposals; and other energy-related issues.Therefore, the contractor must have a breadth of subject matter experts available (staff and/or subcontractors) with a broad range of skills to assist in the tasks and activities identified in the contract as well as future unknown new activities, tasks, and initiatives. In all these efforts, a strong scientific, engineering, economic, environmental, and analytical approach is required, coupled with an open process that encourages and facilitates wide participation by all levels of government, stakeholders, interest groups, and the public.

Product Codes: 92672, 92683

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: The California Energy Commission

State: California

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Gordon Kashiwagi Research and Development, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California, 95814

Phone: 916-654-5131

Fax: 916-654-4423




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