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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstrations in Rail and Marine Applications at Ports (H2RAM)

Grants to California Public and Private
Entities for Projects that Reduce Pollution

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Energy Commission (CEC)

Conf. Date:

07/30/20

Deadline Date:

10/08/20 5:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants to California public and private entities to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Special consideration will be given to projects that are located in and benefit low-income or disadvantaged communities. The purpose of this program is to support the design, integration, and demonstration of hydrogen fuel cell systems and hydrogen fueling infrastructure for locomotive and commercial harbor craft applications at California ports to reduce air pollutant and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Projects must fall within the following project groups

  • Group 1: Fuel Cell Demonstrations in Switcher Locomotives and Commercial Harbor Craft
  • Group 2: Shared Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure; and
  • Group 3: Design and Feasibility of Fuel Cell-Powered Commercial Harbor Craft.

For more information on the Focus Areas, see pages 20-25 of the Solicitation Manual Addendum in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191273

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$12,600,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is up to $12,600,000 available for grants awarded under this solicitation. The total, minimum, and maximum funding amounts for each project group are listed on page 12 of the Solicitation Manual Addendum in Supporting Documents below.

Term of Contract:

- Anticipated Agreement Start Date: March 31, 2021
- Anticipated Agreement End Date: March 31, 2025

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This solicitation is open to all public and private entities. Demonstration projects under Group 1 in this solicitation must be located in the service territory of a California natural gas Investor Owned Utility (NG IOU), which includes Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company. Projects under Group 1 and 3 must benefit NG IOU ratepayers.

Pursuant to California Public Resources Code Section 25620.5(h), the California Energy Commission’s Natural Gas Program must give priority to “California-Based Entities” (CBEs) when making awards. California Public Resources Code Section 25620.5(i) defines “CBE” as 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.

Group 1 and Group 3 proposals must meet the following requirements in order to receive CBE preference points:
- The proposal must include a CBE as either the recipient or a subcontractor.
- The budget must show that the CBE(s) will receive more than 60.00% of the funds awarded.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Workshop - GFO-20-604 - Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstrations in Rail and Marine Applications at Ports (H2RAM): July 31, 2020 at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

CEC staff will hold one Pre-Application Workshop to discuss the solicitation with potential applicants. Participation is optional but encouraged. The Pre-Application Workshop will be held remotely. Applicants may attend the workshop via the internet, or via conference call on the date and at the time.

For more information, see https://www.energy.ca.gov/event/workshop/2020-07/pre-application-workshop-gfo-20-604-hydrogen-fuel-cell-demonstrations-rail.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Solicitation Release: July 16, 2020
- Pre-Application Workshop: July 31, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
- Deadline for Written Questions: August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
- Anticipated Distribution of Questions and Answers: Week of August 24, 2020
- Deadline to Submit Applications: October 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
- Anticipated Notice of Proposed Award Posting Date: November 19, 2020
- Anticipated Energy Commission Business Meeting Date: March 10, 2021
- Anticipated Agreement Start Date: March 31, 2021
- Anticipated Agreement End Date: March 31, 2025

All technical questions must be received by the deadline listed above. Questions received after the deadline may be answered at the CEC's discretion. Non-technical questions (e.g., questions concerning application format requirements or attachment instructions) may be submitted to the Commission Agreement Officer (CAO) at any time prior the application deadline.

Applicants may submit multiple applications, though each application may address only one of the project groups. If an applicant submits multiple applications that address the same project group, each application must be for a distinct project.

Match funding is required in the amount of at least 20% of the requested CEC funds for Group 1: Fuel Cell Demonstrations in Switcher Locomotives and Commercial Harbor Craft and Group 2: Shared Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure. Applicants that provide more than this amount will receive additional points during the scoring phase. Match funding is not required for Group 3: Design and Feasibility of Fuel Cell-Powered Commercial Harbor Craft. However, applications that include match funding will receive additional points during the scoring phase. For more information on Match Funding Requirement, see page 13 of the Solicitation Manual Addendum document in Supporting Documents below.

All corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) are required to be registered and in good standing with the California Secretary of State prior to its project being recommended for approval at an CEC Business Meeting. If not currently registered with the California Secretary of State, applicants are encouraged to contact the Secretary of State’s Office as soon as possible to avoid potential delays in beginning the proposed project(s) (should the application be successful). Subcontractors transacting intrastate business need to be registered with the Secretary of State as applicable. For more information, contact the Secretary of State’s Office via its website at https://www.sos.ca.gov/. Sole proprietors using a fictitious business name must be registered with the appropriate county and provide evidence of registration to the CEC prior to their project being recommended for approval at a CEC Business Meeting.

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) State Income Limits: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/income-limits/index.shtml

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 at https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen/report/calenviroscreen-30.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The preferred method of delivery for this solicitation is the Energy Commission Grant Solicitation System, available at: https://gss.energy.ca.gov/.

During the solicitation process, direct questions to the Commission Agreement Officer listed below:
Kevyn Piper, Commission Agreement Officer
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-18
Sacramento, California 95814
Telephone: (916) 654-4845
FAX: (916) 654-4423
E-mail: Kevyn.Piper@energy.ca.gov

Although not preferred, and due to the CEC building being closed due to the pandemic, a hard copy of an application will only be accepted by U.S. Mail or Courier Service to:
GFO-20-604
Contracts, Grants, and Loans Office, MS-18
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, 1st Floor
Sacramento, California 95814

Funding or Pin Number:

GFO-20-604

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California

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