Energy Efficiency Potential Forecasting Services

The California Municipal Utilities Association, on behalf of its Member Utilities (“Members”), is hereby soliciting competitive proposals for consulting services related to the development of energy efficiency potential forecasts for Members.

Due to staffing limitations and time constraints, Members are interested in securing consulting and support services from qualified firms or individuals in the timely development of the required Forecasts.

There are 35 CMUA Members participating in this solicitation (hereafter “Participating Members”): (1) the Cities of Alameda, Anaheim, Banning, Biggs (through NCPA), Burbank, Cerritos, City of Industry, Colton, Corona, Glendale, Gridley, Healdsburg, Lodi, Lompoc (through NCPA), Los Angeles, Moreno Valley, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Redding, Riverside, Roseville, San Francisco, Shasta Lake, Ukiah, and Vernon; (2) Imperial Irrigation District, Merced Irrigation District, Modesto Irrigation District, Pittsburg Power Company dba Island Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Trinity Public Utility District, Truckee Donner Public Utilities District, Turlock Irrigation District; and (3) Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative (through NCPA).1

Any service contract subsequently entered into by CMUA pursuant to this RFP would be utilized directly by the interested Members to serve their respective utilities’ needs. The service and work products would be ordered and approved directly by CMUA and/or the applicable Members and the billing would be administered through CMUA.

Areas of Interest

Participating Members want to secure services to meet the needs of their municipalities and support the development of an energy efficiency potential forecasting tool or model for all Participating Members including, but not limited to the following capabilities and construct:

  1. Incorporate proven methodologies to estimate technical, economic, and market energy efficiency potential for a utility’s service area.
  • Emphasis will be on developing energy efficiency potential based on each Participating Member’s service area, customer base, climate zone, economic conditions, and other relevant factors. Reliance on regionally specific information should be first cleared by Participating Members to ensure this information reflects their community, especially with regard to building characteristics and low income potential.
  • Methodologies should account for statewide energy efficiency policies and related programs that could impact utility potential, including but not limited to the Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan, the Residential New Construction Zero Net Energy Action Plan, updates to Title 20 Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards, 2030 targets for doubling energy savings per SB 350 (2015, De Leon) updates to Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Action Plan, and the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39).
  • Respondents should be familiar with the methodologies included in the Energy Efficiency Potential and Goals Study for 2015 and Beyond model and Stage 1 Final report, developed by Navigant and prepared for the California Public Utilities Commission, and be able to discuss differences between the Respondent’s proposal and the Navigant model.

2.   Forecast energy savings and demand reduction potential within the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors over a forecast period of at least ten (10) years and up to twenty (20) years.

  • Participating Members may elect for a longer timeframe; in particular, through 2030 consistent with related statewide activities pursuant to Section 25310 of the Public Resources Code as amended by SB 350 (Chapter 547, Statutes of 2015).

3.   Provide/allow for scenario development and range assessments.

  • Differentiate between energy efficiency potential from utility investments (1) in the development of updates to Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards; (2) in improving compliance with and implementation of Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards similar to the IOU Energy Efficiency Statewide Codes and Standards Program; (3) incentive programs for customers, including behavior programs which may have unique modeling assumptions; (4) financing programs; and (5) in their transmission and distribution systems.
  • Not all Participating Members are able to invest in the development of updates to Title 24 and estimates of energy efficiency potential should be limited to those utilities that affirm that they will do so.
  • Describe different methodologies for estimating energy efficiency potential from the 4 categories noted above.
  • Methodologies should also account for customer behavior and investment trends related to distributed solar PV, including community solar and NEM programs, as well as energy storage and electric vehicles.
  • Some Participating Members will provide their own avoided cost data specific to their utility; others will rely on proxy values derived from the most similar investor owned utility.
  1. Create summary results tables and graphs, as needed for AB 2227 compliance.
  • Summary results should be presented in a transparent, accessible model. Respondent may propose either an Excel-based format or web-based format.
  1. Support additional forecast needs on an individual utility basis.
  • For example, the City of Palo Alto is both an electric and gas utility and has requested natural gas forecasting services in the past.
  • Respondents should address whether or not they are capable of handling individual utility requests that are additional to the general energy efficiency modeling services.

There will not be an initial Respondent’s conference associated with this RFP. Clarification questions may be addressed to Dan Griffiths at One (1) hard copy of your response, including a transmittal letter of authentic offer with wet-ink authority signature, and any supporting documentation should be delivered no later than 4:00 pm PST on Monday, February 22, 2016 to:

California Municipal Utilities Association
Attention: Dan Griffiths
915 L Street, Suite 1480
Sacramento, CA 95814

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