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The Public Service Department (PSD) frequently issues Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and other requests, such as Requests for Information, for consultant services, grants, projects and other bid opportunities. These opportunities to do business with the PSD are also advertised on the Vermont Business Assistance Network operated by the Vermont Department of Economic Development.

If you are a consultant in a utility-related subject area and are interested in being included on the distribution list for RFPs in your field, please Contact Us and include email and postal contact information, as well as a description of the kinds of work you would be interested in bidding on.

Connectivity Initiative 2015 RFP

Vermont Public Service Department Issues First Request for Proposals under the Connectivity Initiative

Montpelier, Vermont – The Public Service Department today issued its first request for proposals under the new Connectivity Initiative, pursuant to Act 190 passed in 2014. The RFP invites Internet Service Providers to submit proposals to serve locations identified by the Department as needing improved access to broadband Internet service. The Department will award grants to organizations willing to serve these areas. The Department will utilize up to $963,350.00 in available funding to support the extension of broadband facilities in underserved communities.

Public Service Commissioner, Christopher Recchia, stated “the Connectivity Initiative will play an important role in continuing Vermont’s effort to bridge the connectivity divide between rural and urban communities.” Broadband speeds to underserved areas are the focus of the new initiative. “We hope that through the Connectivity Initiative we can increase the speed and quality of broadband service in Vermont’s hardest-to-reach areas,” said Commissioner Recchia. Any technology will be accepted, so long as it meets the minimum service characteristics contained in the RFP.

To initiate the process, the Department identified over 1,700 locations eligible for support through this first round of funding. The lowest acceptable speed for funding under this RFP is 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload, but the Department encourages solutions that provide higher levels of service. “We want to bring these communities the best quality broadband service we can with our funding,” stated Recchia.

A copy of the RFP, along with a list of eligible locations, can be obtained by visiting the Public Service Department online at http://publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/connectivity or by emailing the Department at psd.telecom@state.vt.us. The proposal deadline is March 18, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. 

Vermont electric generator database

The Vermont Public Service Department seeks the developer of a web-based database system for the tracking of all electric generators in Vermont.

 

Note that there was a typo in the original RFP. Responses are due in February of 2015, not 2014!

 

Please download the RFP here.

 

Here is a Q&A with questions that potential vendors have asked: Q&A.

Windham County Modern Wood Heating Program RFP

November 19, 2014

The Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) and its Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) released today a request for proposals (RFP) to design and administer a modern wood heating program in, and for the benefit of, Windham County, Vermont. The CEDF has allocated $1.6 million of the funds reserved for Windham County for the creation of a modern wood heating program focused on installing efficient wood pellet/chip heating systems in schools and municipal buildings in Windham County.

 

Through this RFP, the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) plans to issue a contract (or contracts) for the design, development, implementation, and administration of a modern wood heating program(s) in Windham County starting in 2015.

Responses to this RFP should be sent to the CEDF/Public Service Department at the following address:

 

Andrew Perchlik

Clean Energy Development Fund

VT Public Service Department

112 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05620-2601

Email: andrew.perchlik@state.vt.us

 

Questions regarding this RFP can also be sent to Andrew at the addresses above (email preferred). Only questions posed in writing by December 10, 2014 will be answered.

CEDF Windham County Solar Finance Program

November 13, 2014

CEDF Windham County Solar Finance Program **This RFP is now CLOSED**

The Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) and its Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) seek proposals from qualified financial institutions with a physical presence in Windham County that offer loans to residential customers interested in development of the Windham County Solar Finance Program (SF). The SF Program seeks to accelerate the deployment of solar energy technologies including solar PV and solar hot water in Windham County.

 

Hard copies and electronic copies of proposals must arrive at the Public Service Department by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

 

Questions regarding the Request for Proposals (RFP) will be accepted until Monday, November 24, 2014. Questions must be submitted in writing via email with the subject line, “Windham County Solar Finance RFP Question” or delivered by U.S. Mail to the address below. Responses will be posted on the CEDF website at: www.publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/renewable_energy/cedf

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Edward Delhagen

Vermont Public Service Department

Email: ed.delhagen@state.vt.us

Request for Proposals - Appraisal Services

The Vermont Department of Public Service (Department) is soliciting proposals for qualified appraisal services in connection with the regulatory review of real property acquisitions by utilities for utility generation and transmission projects. The Department represents the public interest in utility cases before the Vermont Public Service Board, federal regulatory agencies, and state and federal courts.

The Department intends to select one or more consultants to perform these services and will enter into contracts with each consultant. Consultants must be on the approved Vermont Agency of Transportation prequalified consultant appraiser list.

 

All proposals must be received no later than November 20, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. EST, in hard copy and in electronic format.

For more information, please see the Request for Proposals.

Nat. Gas and TEPF Potential Study

The Vermont Public Service Department seeks an independent contractor to conduct an evaluation of the potential for Natural Gas and Unregulated Thermal and Process Fuel Efficiency Programs in Vermont. 

 

Proposals must be submitted electronically to Barry Murphy at Barry.Murphy@state.vt.us no later than 11:59 PM EST on May 8, 2014. 

Hard copies may also be delivered to 112 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620.

 

Questions on this RFP must be received by April 23, 2014.

 

RFP can bre found here.

Q&A can be found here.