GFO-21-303 – Vehicle-to-Building Technologies for Resilient Backup Power

Departmental Grant ID:
GFO-21-303
Portal ID:
7712
Status:
Closed (18 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:
Categories:

Details

Purpose:

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund applied research and technology demonstration and deployment projects that accelerate development of technologies allowing individual or fleets of plug-in electric vehicles to power homes or buildings during electricity outages or intentional islanding events.

Description:

California’s simultaneous transitions to zero emission transportation and decarbonized electricity systems will create opportunities to use growing deployments of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) for electric services. Systems that enable the use of energy stored in PEV batteries to power loads inside residential, commercial, or public buildings—referred to as vehicle-to-building (V2B) technologies—can provide resilience and reliability benefits that help mitigate the impacts of power outages driven by extreme heat events, wildfires, and public safety power shutoffs. PEVs contain large batteries that could potentially provide the same backup power services as behind the meter stationary storage at a lower cost than purchasing a dedicated storage system and without the emissions associated with diesel backup generators.

This solicitation seeks to accelerate development of technologies and easy-to-implement products that allow individual or fleets of PEVs to power residential, commercial, or public buildings including but not limited to schools, community centers, or government facilities during electricity outages or intentional islanding events. Projects must fall within one of the following project groups, with Group 3 targeting demonstrations at public facilities located in disadvantaged communities (DACs) and/or low-income communities (LICs):

·       Group 1: Rule 21 Compliant or Exempt V2B Technologies

·       Group 2 Rule 21 Non-Compliant V2B Technologies and Enablers

·       Group 3: Rule 21 Compliant or Exempt V2B Technologies Demonstrated at Public Buildings in DACs and/or LICs.

These Groups reflect ongoing regulatory activity at the California Public Utilities Commission regarding interconnection requirements for distributed energy resources under Rule 21. A recent decision clarified and approved interconnection pathways for stationary, off-vehicle bidirectional chargers and instructed the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to develop safety requirements for limited pilot testing of mobile, on-vehicle bidirectional chargers that do not meet Rule 21 requirements. Groups 1 and 3 support technology demonstration and deployment projects that have higher levels of technology readiness and regulatory acceptance, whereas Group 2 supports applied research and development of earlier stage technologies for which interconnection requirements are not established.

 

 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

This solicitation is open to all public and private entities with the exception of local publicly owned electric utilities. In accordance with CPUC Decision 12-05-037, funds administered by the CEC may not be used for any purposes associated with local publicly owned electric utility activities.

 

Eligible Geographies:

At least 25% of available Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) technology demonstration and deployment funding must be allocated to project sites located in, and benefiting, disadvantaged communities; and an additional minimum 10% of funds must be allocated to projects sites located in and benefiting low-income communities.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Match funding is required in the amount of at least 30 percent of the requested project funds for Group 1, 20 percent of requested project funds for Group 2, and 10 percent of the requested project funds for Group 3.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
February 22, 2022
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Until funds expire

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$19,500,000
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
30%
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

This solicitation will award projects funded by the EPIC, an electricity ratepayer surcharge established by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in December 2011.

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis (where the Recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor).

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
Marissa Sutton, 1-916-896-1586, Marissa.Sutton@energy.ca.gov