NYSERDA Announces $6.5 Million Available to Design, Build, and Operate State's Integrated Energy Data Resource Platform
Centralized Platform Will Allow Effective Access to Useful Energy Data to Support New and Innovative Clean Energy Business Models That Deliver Benefits to New York Energy Customers
March 25, 2022
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced up to $6.5 million is available for a Solution Architect and Development Contractor to design, build, and operate the Integrated Energy Data Resource (IEDR) platform. This statewide centralized platform will allow effective access to useful energy data and information from New York’s electric, gas, and steam utilities – and other sources – to support new and innovative clean energy business models that deliver benefits to New York energy customers. The creation of the IEDR platform will accelerate the deployment of clean energy solutions and supports New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal for 70 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable resources by 2030.
Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of NYSERDA, “ The state’s innovative Integrated Energy Data Resource platform is being created with critical input from the clean energy industry and will provide New York’s energy stakeholders with wide-ranging access to a large and diverse set of energy-related data and information. Bringing on a development and operations team is instrumental to building a cutting-edge data platform that will accelerate and enable the deployment of clean energy solutions in support of New York’s nation-leading climate goals.”
The IEDR platform, which is being implemented in two phases, is intended to facilitate easier analysis of important energy insights to help clean energy project developers, state and local governments, researchers, and the public determine policy, investment, and operational decisions. Phase One of the IEDR platform implementation will enable at least five of the highest priority use cases with as many as 10 or more achieved by the fourth quarter of 2023. In Phase Two, the IEDR platform will be expanded and enable approximately 40 additional use cases, building on the successful implementation and operation of Phase One, and will be completed by the end of July 2026. Funding for second phase of the platform will be the subject of future Public Service Commission action that will be informed by the reports due in 2023.
Rory M. Christian, CEO of the Department of Public Service, said, “Strategic use of integrated energy-related data, including both system and customer usage data, is critical to enable the achievement of the State’s energy policy goals. Useful access to useful energy data will unlock smart deployment of clean energy solutions required for our energy future.”
Through this solicitation, NYSERDA is seeking proposals for the services of a Solution Architect and Development Contractor (Development Team) that will be responsible for designing, building, and operating the IEDR platform to provide effective access to useful energy-related information in a cost efficient and expeditious manner. The selected Development Team will use data and data products to expand opportunities for new technologies, approaches, and business models to address existing and foreseeable grid challenges, as well as attempt to lower the barriers to market transactions by supporting and facilitating connections between buyers and sellers of clean energy products and services while protecting the privacy rights of consumers.
Proposers are required to submit bids that respond to the following services:
- Solution architect services to provide the information needed to specify the complete IEDR platform design requirements, including preparing a Preliminary Design Plan.
- Implementation services to acquire, configure, build, test, deploy, integrate, and activate all components of the IEDR platform required to fulfill the prioritized use cases and in accordance with the IEDR platform design requirements.
NYSERDA anticipates awarding one contract for all services requested for Phases 1 and 2 of the program. Proposers may be a single company or team of companies but must, in their response, clearly identify the key employees, subcontractors, or relevant affiliates of all entities who are proposed to fulfill the requirements of this solicitation. Teaming arrangements that include Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB) will be favored in proposal evaluations . Submissions will be accepted through April 12, 2022, by 3 p.m. Eastern Time on NYSERDA’s website .
Additionally, NYSERDA will hold a bidders’ conference on Wednesday, April 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time for interested parties. Registration is required to join this event.
NYSERDA will also hold a matchmaking session on Tuesday, April 12 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern Time for interested parties. Registration is required to join this event.
The IEDR platform will help to reduce historical barriers to data access for New Yorkers living in disadvantaged communities (DACs), assist solution providers in delivering services to DACs, and improve government and utility program delivery in these communities. Potential benefits to DACs will be included in IEDR use case prioritization criteria, and local governments, low-to-moderate income and environmental justice community organizations, and non-governmental organizations will be consulted throughout the IEDR stakeholder engagement process to ensure at least one of the initial 5-10 use cases included in the IEDR platform will bring direct benefits to DACs.
Today’s announcement builds on NYSERDA’s selection of a IEDR Program Manager and Utility Data Advisor last October, and represents another step forward in advancing this innovative resource platform. Providing access to integrated customer energy data, energy system data, and other energy related information is expected to attract investment, enable analytics, help identify operational efficiencies, promote innovation, and encourage new business models, which will create value for customers and the state’s energy system. Interested stakeholders were invited to participate in an initial process to identify, characterize, and prioritize IEDR platform use cases, which are available on NYSERDA’s website. NYSERDA may publish additional use case information and new use cases in the future as NYSERDA continues to work with stakeholders to refine how the IEDR platform can benefit New York State.
NYSERDA will coordinate with other state agencies that will also have a role in implementing the IEDR platform, including DPS, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), the New York Independent System Operator, Inc. (NYISO), and the New York State investor-owned electric and gas utilities (IOUs).
LIPA, NYPA, and jurisdictional utilities will be sharing the initial development costs of the IEDR platform.
New York State's Nation-Leading Climate Plan
New York State's nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined into law through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on a path to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York's unprecedented investments to ramp-up clean energy including over $33 billion in 102 large-scale renewable and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion to reduce buildings emissions, $1.8 billion to scale up solar, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Combined, these investments are supporting nearly 158,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector in 2020, a 2,100 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011 and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advance progress towards the state's 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs of end-use energy savings.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.