NYSERDA seeks proposals on renewable thermal technical assistance

By Erin Voegele | January 15, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority recently opened a request for proposals (RFP) focused on renewable heating and cooling technical assistance. NYSERDA is seeking proposals from firms qualified to provide technical information, economic and technical modeling, and policy and economic analysis in the area of renewable heating and cooling.

According to the RFP, NYSERDA plans to select one or more contractors to provide consulting services related to economic and technical and analytical tools for renewable heating and cooling technologies, analysis of value opportunities in the renewable heating and cooling sector, and financing solutions for the renewable heating and cooling sector.

The RFP summary explains that the New York State Energy Plan, published in July 2015, set state carbon reduction targets of 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. Renewable thermal is expected to play a role in meeting those targets.

To support those goals, NYSERDA is developing a policy framework for renewable thermal technologies that will allow the sector to contribute to carbon reduction goals and support the creation of a viable long-term market for a range of renewable thermal technologies. The framework is expected to build on existing NYSERDA biomass and solar thermal programs, develop new programs where gaps exist, and provide greater context of renewable thermal activities across the state. The RFP indicates the initial focus is expected to be on heat pumps, solid biomass, including pellets and chips, and solar thermal. Other technologies, such as heat from biogas and anaerobic digestion, biomethane injection, or other similar technologies may also be included in the analysis.

Proposals are due Feb. 11. Additional information on the RFP can be downloaded from the NYSERDA website.