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Contract for Services to a Washington Business to Conduct a Study and Financial Analysis Related to Renewable Energy

Rural Clean Energy Economics and Community Engagement Study and Report


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Funding Source
Washington State Department of Commerce
Funding or PIN Number: RFP No. 52239-01
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/28/23 4:00 PM PT Receipt Save

Grant Description
Contract for services to a Washington qualifying business to conduct a study and financial analysis related to renewable energy within the state. The selected contractor will work to increase the understanding of community leaders, developers, and electric utilities regarding the potential for clean energy projects located near rural communities. In addition, the contractor will prepare an analysis of the economic and financial impact of renewable energy projects that have been developed and operated in rural communities. The program seeks to contribute toward an increase in the supply of renewable and non-emitting electric power generating facilities across the state.

Rural Clean Energy Economics and Community Engagement Study and Report

 Washington State Department of Commerce hereafter called "COMMERCE,” is initiating this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals from firms interested in a two part project including facilitating the convening of a rural community engagement study and an economic analysis of the state’s clean energy economy.

The Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy ( has identified a need to increase substantially the state’s supply of renewable and non-emitting electric power generating facilities. These resources are required to meet the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction limits and to comply with the state’s 100% clean electricity law. The strategy projects that as the state reduces and eventually eliminates its use of fossil fuels as an energy source it will need to double its use of electricity as an end use energy form.

Washington has enacted a number of policies to understand and address the potential impact of renewable energy development on rural communities. 

Commerce is undertaking this study and legislative report with two principle purposes:

  • To increase the mutual understanding among rural community leaders and members, clean energy developers, policy makers, electric utilities, and other stakeholders of the potential opportunities and potential impacts of clean energy projects located near rural communities in Washington; and
  • To develop detailed factual information on the direct and indirect economic and financial impacts of clean energy projects that have been developed in rural areas of Washington in recent years.

Part A: Rural Community Engagement:

The Consultant will apply its expertise and experience to design and implement a rural community engagement process to achieve the objectives stated above, consistent with the requirements of the legislative direction. For a list of required activities, see

Part B: Economic Impact Analysis

The Consultant will prepare an analysis of the economic and financial impact of renewable energy projects developed and operated in rural communities. As much as practical, the Consultant will conduct this analysis using data on utility-scale renewable energy projects constructed in Washington since 2019. For a list of required activities, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
For this program, the Washington State Department of Commerce is soliciting proposals from firms.

This RFP is open to those proposers which satisfy the minimum qualifications stated herein and are available for work in Washington State. Minimum qualifications include:
- Licensed to do business in the State of Washington or submit a statement of commitment that it will become licensed in Washington within thirty (30) calendar days of being selected as the Apparently Successful Contractor.
- Experience conducting work in a nonpartisan manner so that all members of the workgroup are treated equally.
- Sound project management methodology.
- 5 years of experience in/with energy policy, project siting and permitting rules, economic analysis, and report generation.
- Demonstrated knowledge of:
o Washington State energy policies
o Methodologies for modeling energy projects
o Analysis of energy project data
o Community engagement, meeting facilitations, and reporting

As of April 1, 2023, COMMERCE is required to award competitively procured service contracts with an
initial value less than $150,000 to the highest-ranked responsive and responsible Small or Veteran-
Owned Business, unless there was no responsive and responsible Proposal from a Small or Veteran-
Owned Business.

Specific restrictions apply to contracting with current or former state employees pursuant to chapter 42.52 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).

Pre-Proposal Conference
A pre-proposal conference will be held on September 8 at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Pacific time. The pre- proposal conference will be virtual only, on Microsoft Teams.
- Email for the conference link.

All prospective Proposers are encouraged attend; however, attendance is not mandatory.

COMMERCE will be bound only to COMMERCE written answers to questions. Questions arising at the pre-proposal conference will be documented and answered in written form. A copy of the questions and answers will be sent to each prospective Proposer that has requested the RFP Coordinator to send them RFP addenda

Pre-Application Information
The proposal must be received by the RFP Coordinator no later than 4:00 p.m., Pacific Time, in Olympia, Washington, on September 28, 2023.

Estimated Schedule:
- Request for Proposals August 21, 2023
- Question & answer period Aug. 21 – Sept. 13, 2023
- Answers to Q&A posted no later than September 18, 2023
- Pre-Proposal Conference Sept. 8, 2023, 10:00 am
- Proposals due Sept. 28, 2023, 4:00 pm PT
- Evaluate proposals Sept. 29 – Oct. 4, 2023
- Conduct virtual presentations with finalists, if required Oct. 6 and 9, 2023
- Announce “Apparent Successful Contractor” and send notification via e-mail to unsuccessful proposers October 11, 2023
- Hold debriefing conferences (if requested) October 16 - 18, 2023
- Negotiate contract Oct 11 – 27, 2023
- Earliest date contract may be signed October 27, 2023

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Commerce intends to award one contract to provide the services described in this RFP.

Estimated Size of Grant
COMMERCE has budgeted an amount not to exceed $800,000 for this project: $575,000 in fiscal year 2024 (ends June 30, 2024) and $225,000 in fiscal year 2025 (ends June 30, 2025).

Term of Contract
Estimated time period for contract: October 27, 2023 - June 30, 2025

COMMERCE reserves the right to extend the contract for two one-year periods.

Contact Information
Proposals must be submitted electronically as an attachment to an e-mail to the RFP Coordinator:
Anneka McDonald

Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to the sole point of contact, the RFP coordinator, at the above email address.

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