Category/Topic
Environment, Workforce Development
State or Federal?
State
Summary
The purpose of this solicitation is to fund energy infrastructure research projects that meet the following initiatives: Seismic Risk Assessment of Natural Gas Storage and Pipeline Infrastructure, Enhanced Training and Tools for Conducting Pipeline Inspections.

California has 14 underground natural gas storage facilities in 12 fields with a capacity of 385.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas. There are about 350 active wells associated with those fields. The natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines total 118,000 miles throughout the state. Since 2001, several accidents involving underground natural gas storage and pipeline infrastructure have occurred. These events have highlighted the need to assess and improve natural gas infrastructure safety and integrity.
In the event of an earthquake in California, natural gas pipeline and storage facilities may experience significant damage, resulting in catastrophic incident and gas supply disruption. While the utilities have approaches to identify seismic risks, more research is needed to better identify, prioritize, and mitigate these risks. A finding from the independent review following the San Bruno natural gas explosion was that natural gas infrastructure inspectors of the CPUC could benefit from additional California-specific training beyond that provided through Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)-required programs. While these nationally provided programs are well-regarded, the CPUC inspectors could benefit from more experiential, virtual, or in-field training activities, the review found.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Private Corporations
Eligibility Notes
This solicitation is open to all public and private entities and individuals. All projects in this solicitation must benefit natural gas IOU ratepayers, which includes Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Feb 04, 2019
Due Date Notes
Pre-Application Workshop: January 10, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
Deadline for Written Questions: January 14, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
Anticipated Distribution of Questions and Answers: Week of January 21st
Deadline to Submit Applications: February 4, 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
Min Award
$1,000,000
Max Award
$5,000,000
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
$5,000,000
Preliminary Items

Match Required?
No
Match Notes
Match funding is not required for this solicitation. However, applications that include match funding will receive additional points during the scoring phase.
Funder
California Energy Commission
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$6,700,000
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 community, demonstrations in disadvantaged communities are encouraged and will be considered under the scoring criteria for this GFO. 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):
https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen/report/calenviroscreen-30
Additional Notes
Seismic Risk Assessment and Management of Natural Gas Storage and Pipeline Infrastructure:
Available: $5,000,000
Min: $1,000,000
Max: $5,000,000

Enhanced Training and Tools for CPUC Inspectors:
Available: $1,700,000
Min: $1,000,000
Max: $1,700,000
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