Request for Concept Papers (RFCP)

The Program Administrator for Focus on Energy (Focus) launched a new product development process called Focus Forward. The Focus Forward Initiative targets research and/or development projects that will benefit the design and delivery of Focus. The Focus Forward Initiative has issued this Request for Concept Papers (RFCP) for the selection of research and/or development projects to create new knowledge in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy program design and delivery in Wisconsin.

Focus is funded by the state's investor-owned energy utilities, as required under Wis. Stat. § 196.374(2)(a), and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. These projects are funded by the Environmental & Economic Research and Development (EERD) program. More information on EERD can be found at http://www.focusonenergy.com/about/research

  • A total of up to $400,000 is available for research projects in this funding cycle. These funds are anticipated to be awarded across four (4) to six (6) research and/or development projects.
    • These research projects include but are not limited to the concepts identified in this RFCP.
    • Focus reserves the right to award all or a part of this funding in this cycle.
  • Research and/or development projects funded by EERD are not meant to duplicate evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) of Focus programs. However, Focus evaluation reports are available for researcher reference at http://www.focusonenergy.com/about/evaluation-reports.
Key Events Key Date
Call for Concept Papers Issued February 20, 2020, 5:00 PM CT
Applicant Questions due February 26, 2020, 11:59 PM CT
Applicant Q&A Response Document Posted March 4, 2020, 5:00 PM CT
Concept Papers Due March 26, 2020, 11:59 PM CT
Notification of Successful Applicant(s) April 13, 2020, 5:00 PM CT
Applicant(s) Accepts April 20, 2020, 11:59 PM CT

Request for Concept Papers (RFCP)

Direct all inquiries and submissions to RFP@focusonenergy.com

Appendices to this RFCP

A. Research Topics Identified by Focus on Energy for EERD Funding (refer to page 14)
B. Supplemental background on Focus on Energy [PDF]
C. Policy Manual [PDF]
D. General Terms and Agreements and Conditions of the proposed Agreement [PDF]
E. Affidavit of Non-Collusion [DOCX]
F. Focus Forward Proposal Workbook [XLSX]

General RFCP Updates and Bidder Questions & Answers [XLXS]

Issue Date:
02-20-2020