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Commerce issues CARD grant RFPs for specific topics, general topics


The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources issued request for proposals (RFPs) this month for two cycles of fiscal year 2014 CARD grants: (1) CARD Grant RFP-01 for specific topics and (2) CARD Grant RFP-02 for general topics. 

CARD Grant RFP-01. Up to $2.5 million from the CARD Grant Program is available for the specific topic RFP-01. Proposals are sought from organizations or individuals interested in conducting applied research and development projects in nine specific topic areas:

  • Survey and Analysis of Minnesota Municipal and Cooperative Utility Programs

  • Statewide Policy Analysis and Evaluation of Low-Income Programs in Minnesota Utility CIP Portfolios

  • Behavioral Programs Literature Review and Benchmarking Study, and Workshops

  • Economic Impact Analysis of the Conservation Improvement Program

  • Assessments of Plug-Load Control Devices in Commercial Buildings

  • Small Embedded Data Center Program Pilots

  • Commercial Roof-top Unit Characterization and Performance Baseline Survey

  • Minnesota Manufactured Homes Characterization and Performance Baseline Survey

  • White Paper: Sub-metering in the Minnesota Industrial Sector.
     

The RFP and required forms are available for download at the Commerce website RFP page  through July 21, 2014. Responders may also request a hard copy of the RFP by mail. Proposals for this RFP must be submitted by electronic means and received by Commerce no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT, July 21, 2014. Commerce has recorded a webinar that covers basic information on this RFP and the submittal process; you can watch the webinar and download the webinar slides (pdf).

CARD Grant RFP-02. Up to $1.5 million is available for the general topics RFP-02. 

Proposals are sought for applied research and development projects that serve to accelerate the development and adoption of new energy efficient technologies and innovative program strategies in Minnesota. The two topic areas for this RFP are:

  • Field Studies of New Technologies or Technology-based Approaches to Building Efficiency or Performance; and

  • Test, Demonstrate or Pilot Innovative Program Implementation Strategies.

CARD Grant RFP-02 and required forms are available for download at the Commerce website RFP page through August 29, 2014. Responders may also request a hard copy of the RFP by mail. A Notice of Intent to propose in response to this RFP must be submitted by electronic means and received by the Department no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT, June 23, 2014. Only successful Responders of the Notice of Intent process are eligible to submit a full proposal in response to this RFP. Full proposals must be submitted by electronic means and received by the Department no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT, August 29, 2014.

The information obtained from the CARD grant projects is intended to inform electric and natural gas utility Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) development and state energy policy. CARD grant funds are ultimately intended to benefit the State of Minnesota and Minnesota ratepayers through the Conservation Improvement Programs that utilities operate. All programs, products and services generated by the grants will be delivered to utility customers, end-users and trade partners located in Minnesota.