Open MCEC RFP

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - STRATEGIC CONSULTING SERVICES 

The purpose of this RFP is to select a consultant to provide the Maryland Clean Energy Center, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland (“MCEC”) with market analysis and financial advice related to all aspects of MCEC’s mission, with focus on the ability to generate revenue through implementation, development, and capitalization of current and potential new financing programs and use of its bond issuance capacity.

MCEC is also seeking to develop models for investment necessary to achieve desired outcomes, and identify methods for leveraging public sector investment to generate greater amounts of private capital into programmatic constructs...Full Summary included in RFP.

 

Schedule of Events

  • RFP Release Date February 15, 2019
  • Deadline for Receipt of Questions March 1, 2019
  • Proposal Due Date March 8, 2019
  • Tentative Date of Contract Award March 25, 2019

 

Questions and Inquiries

All questions and inquiries should be directed to the Procurement Officer identified in Section 1.2. Questions must be submitted in writing by mail (Maryland Clean Energy Center, Attn: Pamela Powers, Administrator, 1212 West Street, Suite 200 Annapolis, MD 21401) or email and received by the Procurement Officer before 4:00 p.m. (EST) on March 1, 2019. Oral questions will not be accepted. If a question or inquiry pertains to a specific section of the RFP, the page and section number(s) must be referenced.

 

RFP Q&A

Question 1: Subsection (2) of Section 1.1 on page 2 asks the contractor to “quantify both the scale and scope of market opportunities for clean energy and energy efficiency deployment with residential, commercial, institutional, and municipal customers.”  Does MCEC have data and information sources to aid in this effort, or is the contractor supposed to derive these estimates on its own?

Answer 1: MCEC anticipates the contractor will derive these estimates on its own but, will assist the contractor to identify possible sources of related information. 

Question 2: How does MCEC define clean energy?  Is it the technologies listed as eligible for the Maryland RPS?  Or is it broader than that? 

Answer 2: For the purposes of this analysis, MCEC defines clean energy as the generation technologies listed in the RPS as well as energy efficiency, demand response, and energy storage technologies.

Question 3: Does MCEC keep detailed records for past program performance, including customer type, energy savings, total spending, capital sources, program costs, etc.?

Answer 3: Yes. 

Question 4: How many existing programs are offered by MCEC?  

Answer 4: MCEC currently offers financing through MCAP and MDPACE programs.

Question 5: Will the interim and final reports called for in subsection (6) of Section 1.1 on page 2 require the consultant to provide recommendations?

Answer 5: MCEC anticipates receiving recommendations from the consultant that could guide the instrumentality in a pathway to sustainability.

Question 6: Subsection (6) calls for a final report to the Governor and Maryland General Assembly by December 1, 2019.  Will a draft report have to be provided to the Governor and General Assembly, and if so, by when?

Answer 6: No. The RFP calls for a draft report to be presented to the MCEC Board of Directors and Staff prior to that date.

Question 7: Part (A) of Section 4.2 on p. 11 lists “para-professional.”  What does MCEC mean by that?  Is that administrative staff?  Research assistants?  

Answer 7: Any non-licensed, certified staff personnel or contractors whose time the respondent anticipates will be billed to the contract associated with the proposal submitted.