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The Next Step in Clean Energy

New York Power Authority – Israel Smart Energy Challenge
Creating the Utility of the Future, Today

 

Application Process: 

The application period closed on March 9, 2021 at 3pm ET. Thank you to all who provided submissions.

About the Pre-Bid Conference:

The pre-bid conference took place on January 28, 2021 for the NYPA & Israel Smart Energy Challenge as a WebEx. For details on this event and the Challenge, this website is the only official website. Potential participants obtaining information from sources other than this website, do so at their own risk. 

The presentation slide deck, a list of those who participated in the pre-bid conference and the ongoing Challenge Q&A are available to view:

About the Challenge:

The NYPA-Israel Smart Energy Challenge is a joint New York Power Authority and Israel Innovation Authority competition among innovative Israeli clean energy companies to support the New York’s clean energy transition and NYPA’s strategic priorities. These priorities and a sample of technology targets are as follows:

  • Partner with our customers and the state to meet their energy goals by providing clean and affordable energy along with innovative customer solutions.  Technologies of interest include but are not limited to:

- Distributed energy storage, including batteries, thermal or mechanical energy storage

- Building electrification, including heat pumps

- Decarbonization of customer fuel use, including natural gas alternatives

- Electric transportation charging and related infrastructure

- Building energy metering and clean energy data analytics

- Building disinfection technologies

- Technologies that enable virtual, remote, or touchless site assessments, construction management and asset management, including drones, robots, cameras, and related software tools

  • Pioneer the path to decarbonization by acting as a testbed for innovation while ensuring reliability, resilience, and affordability of the state’s energy grid. Technologies of interest include but are not limited to grid scale energy storage, including batteries, thermal or mechanical energy storage and decarbonization of power plant fuel use, including natural gas alternatives.
  • Preserve and enhance the value of our hydropower assets as a core source of carbon-free power and of flexibility and resilience as the state’s grid evolves. Technologies of interest include those related to hydropower plant improvements and condition monitoring.

  • Be the leading transmission developer, owner and operator for New York State and its changing needs. Technologies of interest include those related to transmission line improvements and condition monitoring.

  • Repurpose the New York Canal System for the economic and recreational benefit of New Yorkers while driving operational efficiency. Technologies of interest include those related to canal operations, including locks, diversion systems, embankments, and their condition monitoring systems.


Challenge Objectives:

The Challenge will allow NYPA to join with the winning technology/innovation company(s) to help meet one or more of our strategic priorities. Opportunities for winning bidders may include NYPA developing pilot projects or otherwise investing in the technology, and other market development activities such as outreach to customers, utilities, and other stakeholders. Activities will be developed to best suit the solutions proposed and in close consultation with the winning companies. Proposals will be evaluated based on their potential to meet the Challenge objectives and support New York’s energy transition. NYPA is targeting solutions that are pre-commercial and that generally fall into the Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) defined by the US Department of Energy, levels 5-6. The selected solutions will be viable, replicable, and ready for commercialization. The specific criteria to be used in determining the winner(s) are listed below under “Selection Criteria.”

Proposal Submission:

Challenge submittals are restricted to companies headquartered in the State of Israel. Awards will be publicly announced in digital and print media.

Electronic submission is required. NYPA will accept Full Proposals submissions until 3 pm Eastern Time on the Applications close date identified below. For ease of identification, all electronic files must be named using the proposer entity’s name in the title of the document. Proposals shall be submitted electronically by following the link for electronic submissions found on the Challenge website.

All submissions must be submitted by March 9, 2021. Late submittals will not be accepted. Incomplete Proposals may be subject to disqualification. It is the proposer’s responsibility to ensure that all pages have been included in the submission. Faxed or e-mailed submissions will not be accepted. If changes are made to this solicitation, notification will be posted on the Challenge web site. NYPA reserves the right to extend and/or adjust funding to this solicitation, to award multiple Applicants, and to reject any and all Applicants.

Communication:

No communication intended to influence this procurement is permitted. All Challenge communication must be addressed to Manuel Hamalian (Designated Contact) at (914) 287-3493 or by e-mail at Manuel.Hamalian@nypa.govContacting anyone other than the Designated Contact (either directly by the proposer or indirectly through a lobbyist or other person acting on the proposer’s behalf): (1) may result in a proposer being deemed a non-responsible offeror, and (2) may result in the proposer not being selected for award of contract.

Timeline:

  • Pre-Bidders WebEx: January 28, 2021
  • Applications Open: January 29, 2021
  • Question Period Open: January 29, 2021
  • Question Period Close: March 2, 2021
  • Applications Close: March 9, 2021
  • Winner(s) Announced: August 31, 2021
  • Program Begins: End of Summer 2021
 

Selection Criteria:

The following criteria will be used to score and rank all Applicants:  

  1. Innovation: of the product/solution or technology
  2. Feasibility: feasibility for deployment in NYPA market
  3. Technical Advantages
  4. Team: skills and background to execute
  5. Competition: viability and added value of the solution compared to current competition
  6. Business Model/business plan: clear value to NYPA and Ability to replicate and scale for other utilities.
  7. Alignment of the technology and solution with NYPA’s strategic goals
  8. Financial Viability: ability to generate sustainable market value and commercial viability
  9. Maturity (TRL): NYPA is focused on TRL 5-6
  10. Legal (Ease to do Business with)

A short list of Applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process and given an opportunity to present their technology/innovation.

The NYPA & Israel Smart Energy Challenge is open to all companies with headquarters located in the State of Israel.