Community Development, Environment
State or Federal?
For California to achieve its aggressive climate and energy goals, natural gas research is needed to develop and test advanced solutions and strategies that can decrease natural gas use and reduce GHG and other emissions, while also reducing costs for residents, industries and businesses. The goals of this solicitation are; develop, test and demonstrate technologies that can increase energy efficiency and reduce the technology installation and operating costs and have the potential of being competitive with conventional systems; assist the building and baking sectors achieve 2030 energy efficiency and GHG reduction goals; to provide benefits of reduced air emissions and GHG emissions; and to improve health and safety of building and plant occupants and the community.

The purpose of this solicitation is to develop, demonstrate, and validate the energy savings from advanced energy saving technologies and strategies to reduce natural gas use and greenhouse gas (GHG) and other emissions in California’s building and baking sectors. Projects funded from this solicitation must be in one of the following areas:

Bakeries: Demonstrate and deploy pre-commercial or emerging energy efficiency equipment and technologies to increase efficiency and reduce GHG and other emissions in commercial, wholesale and industrial-sized bakeries. Projects must have the potential to recover the capital cost from energy savings within five years.

Buildings: Improve the energy efficiency, and reduce GHG and other air emissions from residential gravity and forced air wall and floor room heaters through targeted tests of alternative technologies or strategies that show sufficient cost savings and other benefits to recover the capital cost within the life of the new technology/strategy. Targeted sectors are low-income single and multifamily buildings. Improve the efficiency of hot water distribution systems in existing homes built on concrete slab foundations without insulated hot water pipes through development and test of alternative technologies or strategies that show sufficient cost savings and other benefits to recover the capital cost within 10 years when compared to existing, uninsulated pipes. Develop and test advanced insulation materials for existing homes that have little or no wall insulation with the goal of showing sufficient cost savings and other benefits to recover the cost within 10 years when compared to existing uninsulated walls.

Energy generation, such as cogeneration and fuel cells, and use of renewable energy (e.g., biomass and biofuels), storage technologies and fuel switching (e.g. natural gas to lower energy alternatives) are not eligible for funding under this solicitation.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, Local Public Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Private Corporations
Eligibility Notes
This solicitation is open to all public and private entities and individuals. Projects must benefit California natural gas Investor Owned Utility (IOU) ratepayers and the demonstration, deployment, and pilot test sites must be located in the service territory of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, or Southern California Gas Company. Applicants must fall within one of the four groups described below:
Group 1: Demonstrate and deploy pre-commercial or emerging energy efficient and GHG emission reducing technologies for the commercial, wholesale and industrial baking sector.
Group 2: Improve efficiency and reduce GHG and other emissions from residential room and wall heaters.
Group 3: Improve hot water distribution system efficiency in existing homes.
Group 4: Develop advanced insulation for existing homes using phase change materials.

Group 1: Available: $4,400,000 Min: $1,000,000 Max: $4,400,000
Group 2: Available: $2,000,000 Max: $2,000,000
Group 3: Available: $1,500,000 Max: $1,500,000
Group 4: Available: $1,570,000 Max: $1,570,000
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Feb 15, 2019
Due Date Notes
Pre-Application Workshop: January 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Deadline for Written Questions: January 14, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
Anticipated Distribution of Questions and Answers: Week of January 28, 2019
Deadline to Submit Applications: February 15, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
*Pacific Standard Time or Pacific Daylight Time, whichever is being observed.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Dec 20, 2018
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Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Preliminary Items

Match Required?
Match Notes
For Group 1, match funding is required in the amount of at least 20 percent of the California Energy Commission funds that you are requesting. Applicants that provide more than this amount will receive additional points during the scoring phase. Match funding is not required for Groups 2, 3, and 4. However, applicants that include match funding will receive additional points during the scoring phase
California Energy Commission
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
The California Energy Commission’s Natural Gas Program must give priority to “California-Based Entities” (CBEs) when making awards. A “CBE” is a corporation or other business entity organized for the transaction of business that either; has its headquarters in California AND manufactures in California the product that is the subject of the award; or has an office for the transaction of business in California and substantially manufactures the product or substantially performs the research within California that is the subject of the award.

In 2012, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 535 (de León) directing that, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a quarter of the proceeds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund must also go to projects that provide a benefit to disadvantaged communities. While it is not required to complete the project within a disadvantaged or low-income community, projects in these communities are encouraged and will be considered for additional points under the scoring criteria for this solicitation. For more information on disadvantaged communities and to determine if your project is in a disadvantaged community, use the California Communities Environmental Health Screening tool (CalEnviroScreen 3.0):
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