The Next Step in the Energy Evolution

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is partnering with the Israel Smart Energy Association (ISEA) to launch a competition among innovative Israeli firms with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to support next-generation of the energy evolution.

The challenge will allow NYPA and ISEA to identify several innovative companies and give winners the opportunity to work with large utilities to help create significant advances in grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment. 

More information on the Challenge application process, the online application form, and timeline is provided below - including details about the Pre-Bid Conference (WebEx ONLY) on March 16.

Are you up to the Challenge? Apply & Submit Online Today!

Questions? Contact us at NYPA-Israel-Challenge@nypa.gov

Competition Focus Areas of Research and Development:
  • Distributed Energy Solutions
  • Energy Storage
  • Grid Modernization
  • Microgrids
  • Electric Vehicle Charging, EV to Grid
  • Cyber Security
  • Blockchain & Energy Trade
  • Buildings/Campus & Energy
  • Industrial IoT and Cloud Based Services
  • Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence
  • Synchrophasor Applications
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Drones and Autonomous Robots

The pre-bid conference took place on Monday, March 16, 2020 for the NYPA & Israel Smart Energy Challenge as a WebEx ONLY conference due to meeting limitations set by the Israeli government. 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 and list of all who requested participation are also available:

This competitive challenge will allow NYPA to identify several innovative companies and give winners the opportunity to work with large utilities to help create significant advances in grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

The specific criteria to be used in determining the winner(s) are:

1. Innovation: of the product/solution or technology
2. Feasibility: feasibility for deployment in NYPA environment 
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
9. Maturity (TRL) 
10. Legal (ease to do business with)


Application Submissions: Electronic submission is preferable. NYPA will accept Full Proposals/submissions until 3 pm Eastern Time by April 20, 2020. For ease of identification, all electronic files must be named using the proposer’s entity name in the title of the document. Application Submissions may be submitted electronically using the Online Application Form: http://www.nypa.gov/ISEA which can be readily found on the NYPA & Israel Smart Energy Challenge webpage.

Communication: During the Restricted Period Applicants must communicate only with the designated contact person (also known herein as the Project Owner) Manuel Hamalian by email: Manuel.Hamalian@nypa.gov. No other Authority personnel are authorized to receive, initiate, or communicate any information of any kind regarding Application Submissions during the "Restricted Period". Failure of the Applicant to fully comply may result in the rejection of its Application Submissions.  

The "Restricted Period" is defined as the period of time commencing with the earliest written notice, advertisement or solicitation of an Application and ending with the final contract to award.

Confidentiality: All documents submitted by the Applicant are subject to disclosure under the New York State Freedom of Information Law (also known as FOIL) (Public Officers Law, Article 6). Accordingly, confidential information, trade secrets, proprietary materials or other information, the disclosure of which would cause a substantial injury to the competitive position of your organization must be clearly marked and identified as such in your Proposal, it being understood that marking or otherwise identifying any submitted documents will not guarantee protection against disclosure.

Late Application Submissions will not be accepted. Incomplete Application Submissions may be subject to disqualification. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all questions have been answered in the Application. Faxed or emailed Applications will not be accepted. Applications will not be accepted at any NYPA location other than as described above. If changes are made to this solicitation, notification will be posted on the NYPA & Israel Smart Energy Challenge webpage. NYPA reserves the rights to extend, cancel and/or adjust funding to this solicitation.

All expenses incurred in the preparation of the proposal will be at Applicant’s sole cost and expense. The New York Power Authority will not reimburse any such costs and/or expenses.

In addition: the Authority does not participate in public bid openings; the Authority reserves the right to award multiple Contracts; and the Authority reserves the right to reject any and all proposals.

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