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Evaluation Contractor for Natural Gas Demand Side Management (DSM) Programs


 
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  Reference Number 357859
  Solicitation Number RFPOEBNGDSM02082016
  Organization Name Ontario Energy Board
  Source ID PV.BD.ON.463551.C74658
  Associated Components Yes

Dates

  Published 2016-02-09
  Revised
  Closing 2016-03-07 03:00 PM Eastern Standard Time EST

Details

  Category Energy
  GSINS AG614500: ENERGY
B329B: ADVISORY SUPPORT SERVICES / ENERGY EFFICIENCY
C124B: HYDRO-ELECTRIC POWER AND UTILITIES
C219CBF: ENERGY ENGINEERING: ELECTRIC POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS
C219CE: ENGINEERING SERVICES: MARKET/TARIFF STUDIES
N9130GG: NATURAL GAS
R019F: CONSULTING SERVICES
S: Utilities
S099J: UTILITIES (ELECTRICITY, WATER, GAS, AND SANITARY SERVICES)
  Region of Delivery Canada
  Region of Opportunity Canada
  Agreement Type Open Bidding (OB)
  Tender Type Request for Proposal (RFP)
  Estimated Value
  Solicitation Method Open
  Pre-bid Meeting Not Applicable
  Site Visit Not Applicable
  Bid Security Required No
  Deadline for Bidders' Questions 2016-02-16
  Deadline for issuing Addenda 2016-02-24

Notice Description

  Evaluation Contractor for Natural Gas Demand Side Management (DSM) Programs

On March 31, 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to develop a new framework for natural gas demand side management (DSM). On December 22, 2014, the OEB issued its Report on DSM (the DSM Framework) and the DSM Filing Guidelines where it indicated that the OEB will be taking on a larger role in the evaluation process of natural gas DSM program results. The DSM Filing Guidelines provide details regarding program evaluation deliverables and additional evaluation tasks contemplated over the course of the 2015 to 2020 DSM term.

On August 21, 2015, the OEB issued a letter establishing the process to evaluate the results of natural gas DSM programs from 2015 to 2020 with the assistance of an Evaluation Contractor (EC). Within its letter, the OEB outlined its DSM evaluation governance structure and established an Evaluation Advisory Committee (EAC) to act as an evaluation and technical expert advisory group to both the OEB and the EC. The EAC consists of representatives from the natural gas utilities, non-utility stakeholders, staff from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), and observers from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and Ministry of Energy.

As part of the OEB’s August 21, 2015 evaluation process letter, the OEB indicated that the work underway as part of the current evaluation process led by the natural gas utilities with support from the two Audit Committees and the Technical Evaluation Committee , will ultimately transition to the new evaluation governance structure. OEB Staff, with input from the EAC and the current TEC, will develop an appropriate transition plan to continue the ongoing evaluation efforts.

The terminology used throughout this Request for Proposal (RFP) has been defined in the glossary of terms found in Appendix B.

The objective of the overall evaluation process is to provide annual verified DSM results for all natural gas utility DSM programs. The annual verified DSM results will be used by the OEB to measure utility performance relative to OEB-approved targets through the natural gas utilities applications for disposition and clearance of financial amounts in DSM related deferral and variance accounts, particularly those related to lost revenue adjustments and shareholder incentives. The final DSM results will also provide key information to the OEB and other interested stakeholders for consideration at the mid-term review of the 2015-2020 DSM Framework.

Full details are provided in the RFP document which is available only through MERX at www.merx.com or 1-800-964-6379, MERX reference number 357859.

Submissions will be received as follows:

Date: March 7, 2016
Time: Before 3:00:00pm (Toronto local time)

Proposals are to be submitted at the following address:

Ontario Energy Board (“OEB”)
2300 Yonge Street, 27th Floor
Toronto, ON M4P 1E4

Attention: Catherine Torrese Benyi, Procurement Specialist

The reception area on the 27th Floor is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Toronto local time).

LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Deadline for Bidders' Questions: February 16, 2016
Deadline for issuing Addenda:     February 24, 2016



 

Contact(s)

Contracting Authority

  Name Catherine Torrese Benyi
  Address 2300 Yonge Street - 27th Floor, P.O. Box 2319

  City Toronto
  State / Province ON
  Country Canada
  Postal Code M4P 1E4
  Phone 416-440-7657
  Fax 416-440-7671
  Email Catherine.Benyi@oeb.ca
  Website URL https://www.oeb.ca/

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