RFP: MN DOC Local Energy Efficiency Program

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources seeks proposals from providers of energy technical services to perform investment grade energy audits for local units of governments served by the Local Energy Efficiency Program (LEEP). Firms selected through this request for proposals (RFP) process will enter into a contract with Commerce and be eligible to provide services to local units of government.

The primary intent of this selection process is fourfold:

  1. To increase the number of successful energy efficiency projects and retrofits statewide;
  2. To provide LEEP participants the opportunity to procure the services of qualified firms in a timely and cost-effective way;
  3. To ensure a pool of qualified providers is available to LEEP participants to perform energy studies; and
  4. To offer all qualified firms the opportunity of equal access to work generated by LEEP.

LEEP provides a standardized process for project development, preliminary analysis, and energy study findings along with the means to access financing for viable projects once the local unit of government has received engineering design and after construction/implementation bids have been sought. LEEP defines roles and responsibilities between participants and providers, formalizes process steps, and provides standard contract documents.

The RFP and required forms are available for download on the Department of Commerce’s website until April 4, 2016. Proposals are due on April 4, 2016. All questions regarding this RFP must be received no later than March 14, 2016. A copy of all questions submitted and respective answers will be shared with all interested parties and posted to the RFP page of Commerce’s website on March 21, 2016. Commerce intends to post responses to all questions received by the deadline at one time and will not be responding to questions individually.

In addition, Commerce anticipates offering an informational webinar regarding the LEEP program and this Master Contract RFP. Details about the webinar—date, time and registration—will be issued as a notification to all “downloaders” of the RFP and posted to the specific RFP listing under “Additional Documents."

This request does not obligate the State to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the Responder.

If you have questions or need more information about the RFP, please contact Commerce Grants Staff at energy.contracts@state.mn.us. Other Commerce personnel are not authorized to discuss this RFP with Responders. Contact regarding this RFP with anyone other than Commerce Grants Staff personnel could result in disqualification.