Questions and Answers

Responses to feedback received for the final Energy Storage RFQ  

The OPA would like to thank everyone who took the time to review the final RFQ and provide feedback. An effort was made to include verbatim feedback to the extent that it was possible.

The final Energy Storage RFQ will only be amended by an addendum. Any addenda will be posted on the energy storage website and a notice will be sent by email to energy storage subscribers.

Submitted Questions and Responses

Responses to feedback received for the Draft Energy Storage RFQ

The OPA would like to thank everyone who took the time to review the Draft RFQ and provide feedback. An effort was made to include verbatim feedback to the extent that it was possible. In some cases there was a need to section out lengthy submissions in order to address each issue and question submitted.

View the Feedback Submissions.
   

Process and Guidelines for final Energy Storage RFQ comment period – October 21- November 14, 2014

The comment period for the final Energy Storage RFQ is scheduled for October 21, 2014, through November 14, 2014 and is intended to provide interested parties additional clarity on the final Energy Storage RFQ document and process.

Interested parties should promptly review all final Energy Storage RFQ materials and report to the OPA any errors, omissions or ambiguities, or submit any questions they may have regarding the final Energy Storage RFQ. Stakeholders may only make submissions by email to storage@ieso.ca and should use the final Energy Storage RFQ feedback form.

Please include “final Energy Storage RFQ comment period” in the subject line of the email. No other form of communication regarding the final Energy Storage RFQ will be accepted by the OPA prior to the Qualification Submission Deadline.

Submissions received during the comment period, along with any OPA responses, will be posted without identifying the source of the submission, unless explicitly marked as confidential. Submissions will be reviewed and consolidated and OPA responses will be posted to this page on October 31, November 7 and November 14.

Further, the OPA is under no obligation to provide information or responses to questions regarding applicant-specific issues, questions related to potential individual projects, suggestions to further adjust the RFQ requirements, or questions regarding the Energy Storage RFP requirements or process.

The Energy Storage RFQ will only be amended by an addendum. Any addenda will be posted on the Energy Storage website and a notice will be sent by email to Energy Storage subscribers.

Final RFQ Questions and Responses

All feedback received during the final Energy Storage RFQ comment will be posted here along with OPA responses.

**Please note that all submissions must be sent by email to storage@ieso.ca and should be made using the final Energy Storage RFQ feedback form.
 

FAQs

The list of FAQs will be updated and expanded upon throughout the Energy Storage stakeholder engagement process.

Q1: Can the OPA clarify the Energy Storage Technology Class Experience requirement and changes made through the Addendum #1 with respect to a RFQ Applicant’s Submission?

A1: As stated in section 3.3.2 “For each Proposed Energy Storage Technology Class, the RFQ Applicant must have at least one individual who is a Designated Team Member that has, in a Managerial Capacity, worked on the technical development of a Designated Energy Storage Facility for such Proposed Energy Storage Technology Class.” 

The definition of a Designated Energy Storage Facility means:

“An Energy Storage Facility or an RFQ Reference Energy Storage Facility that is located anywhere in the world and:

  1. uses the same Energy Storage Technology Class as the Proposed Energy Storage Technology Class to which it relates;
  2. is or has been operational;
  3. is or was developed at any of the prototype, pilot or commercial scale of development; and
  4. is designated by the RFQ Applicant to demonstrate experience and qualification with respect to the technical development of an Energy Storage Facility of the relevant Energy Storage Technology Class”

That is, the Designed Energy Storage Facility that is used to demonstrate the technology experience for the Energy Storage Technology Class, whether it is at the prototype, pilot or commercial scale of development, must adhere to the definition of either an Energy Storage Facility or an RFQ Reference Energy Storage Facility.

Both the definitions of Energy Storage Facility and RFQ Reference Energy Storage Facility are meant to ensure that, for purposes of the definition of “Designated Energy Storage Facility” the applicable reference facility demonstrates sufficient commercial maturity with respect to the Energy Storage Technology Class and its applicability to qualifying Energy Storage Technology Class experience.

Interested parties should carefully review the definitions of Designated Energy Storage Facility, Energy Storage Facility and RFQ Reference Energy Storage Facility. Experience which can’t be demonstrated via technical development in a Managerial Capacity with respect to a Designated Energy Storage Facility will not meet the requirements of Section 3.3.2 of the Energy Storage RFQ.

Q2: Can a Designated Team Member or a Designated Equity Provider participate in more than one Qualification Submission?

A2: No, Section 2.4.2 of the Energy Storage RFQ states that “any Person that is a Designated Team Member or a Designated Equity Provider is not permitted to be a member of more than one RFQ Applicant Team. If more than one Qualification Submission identifies the same Designated Team Member or Designated Equity Provider, all such Qualification Submissions shall be disqualified.”

Q3: Does this mean that no two Qualification Submissions may use the same technology provider?

A3: No, multiple Qualification Submissions may use the same technology provider, subject to compliance with the prohibition on Conflicts of Interest and the Non-Collusion Requirements (both of which are defined in Appendix A to the Energy Storage RFQ). However, to the extent an employee of a technology provider is a Designated Team Member for an RFQ Applicant, that same person is not permitted to be a Designated Team Member for a different RFQ Applicant as well.

Q4: Can two or more individuals who work for the same company or firm be Designated Team Members for different Qualification Submissions?

A4: While this is not prohibited by the Energy Storage RFQ, RFQ Applicants are strongly cautioned that where this is the case appropriate measures should be put in place to ensure there is no violation of the prohibition on Conflicts of Interest and the Non-Collusion Requirements.
 

NEW  Q5: Can a RFQ Applicant, as part of their Qualification Submission, provide audited financial statements in a language other than English and currency other than that of $CDN for the demonstration of Tangible Net Worth?

A5: The audited financial statements of the language and currency of origin may be provided as part of your Qualification Submission, however the Qualification Submission must also include financial statements translated into English and converted into $CAD. The financial statements that have been translated into English and converted into $CDN are not required to be audited financial statements, provided that the audited financial statements of the language and currency of origin are included. These requirements are as per; the final paragraph of Section 2.4.2 of the Energy Storage RFQ “The Qualification Submission must be in English only…”, and the definition of the term Dollar which states “Means Canadian currency unless otherwise specifically set out to the contrary”. These requirements remain consistent with OPA procurement requirements.
 

Questions and comments on the OPA-led energy storage procurement can be submitted via email to storage@ieso.ca. Interested parties should subscribe to the energy storage subscriber list to ensure they are kept aware of any updates.