USAID RFP: “ESCO-led Innovative Energy Efficiency and Conservation in Local Government Units
The USAID Energy Secure Philippines (ESP) Activity through its Energy Evolution Challenge grant facility seeks applications to fund, in the form of grants, qualified organizations/companies to support an energy service company (ESCO) who has a partner local government unit (LGU) to design and implement an energy efficiency and conservation (EEC) project that can become a practical guide for scaling up and replicating EEC initiatives in LGUs.
The grant will be implemented in two phases.
First phase involves the preparation or enhancement of the LGU’s Local Energy Plan under which the Local EEC plan is expected to be articulated. This phase will help identify appropriate energy efficiency interventions as well as innovative financing mechanisms and procurement methods. Under the LEC, the EEC initiative is also anticipated to become or form part of a local ordinance that will serve as a long-term blueprint to guide future EEC efforts of the LGU. The EEC plans will then be implemented in the second phase of the project.
In the second phase, the ESCO grantee in partnership with the LGU, will execute an EEC transition program. Efforts may include retrofitting or replacing inefficient equipment with more efficient ones, developing systems, building capacity, and other interventions that are geared towards reducing energy consumption in business operations and communities. To be able to undertake these activities, the grantee must collaborate with the electric distribution utility operating within the LGU and build private-public partnerships.
Design, implement, and document an innovative EEC model that harmonizes policy,
technology, financing, procurement, and capacity building in LGUs.
Study, compare, and present different options for EEC technology applications and
prepare a menu of solutions applicable to LGUs.
Recommend policies and/or policy enhancements that can improve the adoption of EEC in LGUs.
Develop and deploy communication and marketing strategies and materials that promote EEC adoption in LGUs.
Amount: Up to PhP25,000,000
Applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements to qualify for funding under this RFA:
USAID ESP Activity grant support may be extended to energy innovators, technology providers, enterprises, civil society organizations, community-based organizations, businesses, commercial establishments, academic institutions, and research institutions, that meet the following eligibility requirements:
Demonstrated experience working in the energy industry in the Philippines
Applications meet minimum evaluation criteria for:
Soundness of technical approach
Understanding of local context, and
Qualifications of proposed personnel
Demonstrated financial capacity to manage USG grants
Cost realism of the budget
Past performance / proven track record
All Energy Secure Philippines grant support may not be extended to the following:
Organizations that are not legally registered
Any entity that has been found to have misused USAID funds in the past (unless specifically approved by USAID contracting officer)
Political parties, groupings, or institutions or their subsidiaries and affiliates
Any entity that will have conflict of interest by participating in the call for grants
Any entity whose name appears on the List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Non-procurement Programs
Any entity with a member that appears on the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons list
Any entity with members directly or indirectly involved in money laundering, acts of terrorism, gambling, prostitution and child trafficking, drugs.
For more information, visit https://www.rti.org/sites/default/files/usaid_esp_guc_rfa-2022-03_energy_efficiency_and_conservation_with_escos_and_lgus.pdf