City of Austin RFP: 3rd Party Aggregator for Austin Energy SHINES

Posted: June 6, 2016 - 14:22 / ESS / FOA-RFI-RFP

As a part of a larger DOE Shines funded project, the city of Austin and Austin Energy are circulating a Request for Proposals (RFP 1100 GAL0023) seeking a 3rd party aggregator to provide integrated Energy Storage Systems (ESS) and control software with aggregation capability at select commercial sites. The ESS are expected to increase grid performance and reliability, allow higher penetration of solar PV integration, and provide value propositions specific to each commercial customer such as but not limited to demand charge savings.

** Proposal responses are due before 07/12/2016 at 02:00 PM **

The goal of the Austin SHINES Project is to demonstrate a solution adaptable to any region and market structure that offers a credible pathway to a levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of 14¢/kWh for solar energy when augmented by storage and other distributed energy resource (DER) management options. The solution aims to establish a template for other regions to follow to maximize the penetration of distributed solar photovoltaics (PV).

Austin Energy is creating a DER management platform that maintains grid reliability while also enabling energy loads to be delivered at the lowest possible costs when there are high penetration levels of distributed PV generation. The platform will use multiple advanced control methodologies that will be demonstrated and evaluated using a fleet of diverse DER assets designed and deployed at various locations among Austin Energy’s customers and distribution system.

More information about Austin Energy is available at

** The City of Austin and Austin Energy may update this RFP frequently. Please confirm details on their official site