GFO-21-504 – Development of a Data-Driven Tool to Support Strategic and Equitable Decommissioning of Gas Infrastructure

Departmental Grant ID:
GFO-21-504
Portal ID:
7709
Status:
Closed (3 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:
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Details

Purpose:

The purpose of this solicitation is to develop a data-driven tool for identifying promising decommissioning sites, enhancing the capacity of state agencies to conduct planning and craft policy for the gas system in California’s low-carbon future. Research resulting from this solicitation will foster more transparent and collaborative planning processes with IOUs, communities, and other key stakeholders.

Description:

The role of natural gas in California’s energy system is changing as the state strives toward a clean energy future. Over the next 25 years, state and municipal laws concerning greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions will result in the replacement of gas-fueled technologies and will reduce the demand for fossil natural gas (CPUC, 2020). Without proper management, these transitions will impose challenges not only to customer affordability, but also to gas system planning, operations and maintenance, and safety.  

The data-driven tool developed under this solicitation will provide state agencies, local governments, investor-owned utilities (IOUs), and other stakeholders with valuable information for assessing the technical and economic feasibility of, and other issues related to, decommissioning specific segments of the gas system. This includes a greater understanding of possible strategic decommissioning pathways to complement emission reductions, avoiding unsustainable large cost burdens for ratepayers, ensuring that the safety of the gas system is not compromised, and enhancing the capacity of state agencies, IOUs, local governments, and other stakeholders to collaboratively plan and develop policy for the gas system in California’s low-carbon future by identifying promising sites for decommissioning gas infrastructure.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

This solicitation is open to all public and private entities. Demonstration projects 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.  All projects in this solicitation must benefit natural gas IOU ratepayers.

Eligible Geographies:

Demonstration projects 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.  All projects in this solicitation must benefit natural gas IOU ratepayers.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Match funding is not required for this solicitation. 

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.
April 9, 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.
$1,500,000
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.
No
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 under the Natural Gas program, which is funded by a ratepayer surcharge on natural gas consumed by ratepayers of NG IOUs in California (see California Public Utilities Code section 890 and 895).

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:
Eilene Cary, 1-916-776-0739, eilene.cary@energy.ca.gov