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RFP: Sale of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and Related Environmental Attributes

 

Request for Proposals Department of Executive Services
Finance and Business Operations Division
Procurement and Contract Services Section
206-263-9400                    TTY Relay: 711
Advertised Date:June 3, 2014
Request for Proposal Title: Sale of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and Related Environmental Attributes
Requesting Dept./Div. King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks – Wastewater Treatment Division
RFP Number: 1117-14-RLD
Due Date: June 24, 2014, no later than- 2:00 p.m.
Buyer: Roy L. Dodman, roy.dodman@kingcounty.gov,  206-263-9293
Alternate Buyer: Victoria Nakamichi, vicki.nakamichi@kingcounty.gov, 206-263-9299
Pre-Proposal Conference:
An optional conference to discuss questions related to this RFP shall be held at 10:00 a.m.  on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in the Administrative Building of the South Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1200 Monster Rd SW, Renton, WA 98057.  Potential Submitters can call in to the meeting at (206) 263-8114 (conference ID 763561).  A gas scrubbing plant tour will take immediately following, at 11:00 a.m. on June 11th.
Sealed proposals are hereby solicited and will only be received by:
King County Procurement Services Section
Chinook Building, 3rd Floor
401 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

GENERAL INFORMATION AND INTRODUCTION (Full RFP on the King County Procurement website)

A.  PURPOSE

Sale of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and Related Environmental Attributes.

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP), Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD), is pleased to offer this opportunity for interested parties to respond to this Request for Proposals for the purchase of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and the related environmental attributes, for RNG originating from the South Wastewater Treatment Plant (SWWTP) in Renton, WA.  The goal of this RFP is to capture revenue through the sale of the RNG produced at the SWWTP for environmentally-beneficial outcomes.

The SWWTP captures digester biogas resulting from anaerobic digestion during the wastewater treatment process.  The biogas is “scrubbed” to remove water, carbon dioxide and other impurities, resulting in a methane product that can be directly substituted for pipeline-quality natural gas.  The SWWTP has been scrubbing biogas and injecting the RNG into a natural gas pipeline for over twenty-five years.

The DNRP Wastewater Treatment Division is requesting proposals for the Submitter to capture the economic value of the RNG commodity, as well as the value of other environmental attributes that are related to the consumption of the RNG, resulting in a total unit purchase price.  It is assumed that the environmental attributes may include using the RNG as a transportation fuel, thus generating Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) per the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS/RFS2), and/or capturing the economic value of other environmental attributes, such as available through the State of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

B.  GOALS

The King County DNRP, Wastewater Treatment Division’s goal in selling the Renewable Natural Gas is to meet the following objectives:

  • To capture monetary value for the RNG as an energy commodity.
  • To capture economic value based on the environmental attributes related to the consumption of the RNG originating from the plant.
  • To encourage the broader use of RNG as an alternative to fossil fuels, by demonstrating the viability of generating pipeline quality RNG from wastewater treatment and other anaerobic processes, promoting the benefits of RNG, and encouraging others to value RNG as an alternative to flaring biogas or handling biogas in less environmentally-beneficial ways.

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To review or download a copy of this RFP, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/procurement/solicitationsand access the “Solicitations” tab in the left-hand column.  By accessing this site, you will be forwarded to the King County Procurement and Contract Services Online Vendor Registration (OVR) System*.  You may enter the site either as a Guest, or if previously registered, by logging on with your User ID.  You will find the RFP listed under “Other”.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Regards,

 

Roy L. Dodman
Supervisor – Goods and Services/Technical Services

Finance and Business Operations Division

Procurement and Contract Services Section

401 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor  Seattle, WA 98104

Direct: 206-263-9293

Fax: 206-296-7676

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