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  • Funding Opportunity: Intent of Wind Energy Bat Impact Minimization Technologies and Field Testing Support

BY | IOWA ENERGY CENTER

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) , on behalf of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO) , has announced the intent to offer an energy research funding opportunity to address and minimize the regulatory and financial risks associated with wind power development in locations with sensitive bat species through the “DE-FOA-0001209: “Wind Energy Bat Impact Minimization Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities,” funding project.

The broad objective of the WWPTO , through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) , is to fund projects that advance the technical and commercial readiness of bat impact mitigation and minimization technologies including, but not limited to, bat deterrents and operational changes that have a high likelihood of reducing bat mortality at operational wind facilities. This FOA will also support the demonstration and evaluation of near-commercial bat impact mitigation technologies, which will provide regulators and wind facility owner-operators with viable and cost effective tools to reduce bat mortality and ease the regulatory and financial uncertainty related to the development and long-term operation of wind farms in bat habitat.

It is anticipated that the FOA may include the following Areas of Interest:

  • Area of Interest 1: Proof of concept and prototype advancement through laboratory and small scale field-testing
  • Area of Interest 2: Operational demonstration and validation

Key Features of the Funding Opportunity Announcement

  • Cost Share Requirement: Area of interest 1: EERE anticipates requiring a 25% cost-share of the federal dollars awarded. Area of interest 2: EERE anticipates requiring a 100% cost-share.
  • Eligible Applicants: Most organizations are eligible to apply to this funding opportunity.
  • Funding: EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. Area of interest 1: two to four awards of approximately $250,000 per award. Area of interest 2: one to three awards of approximately $500,000 per award.
  • Duration: The estimated period of performance for each award will be 12 to 24 months.
  • Deadline for Full Applications: This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. EERE will not respond to questions concerning this Notice. EERE plans to issue the FOA in the first Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 (by December 31, 2014) through the EERE Exchange website ( https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/ ). If applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register with EERE Exchange.

In anticipation of the FOA being released, applicants are advised to complete the following steps, which are required for application submission:

  • Register and create an account in EERE Exchange . This account will allow the user to register for any open EERE FOAs that are currently in EERE Exchange. It is recommended that each organization or business unit, whether acting as a team or a single entity, use only one account as the contact point for each submission. Questions related to the registration process and use of the EERE Exchange website should be submitted to:
  • Obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number (including the plus 4 extension, if applicable) at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
  • Register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov . Designating an Electronic Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) and obtaining a special password called an MPIN are important steps in SAM registration. Please update your SAM registration annually.
  • Register in FedConnect at https://www.fedconnect.net/ . To create an organization account, your organization’s SAM MPIN is required. For more information about the SAM MPIN or other registration requirements, review the FedConnect Ready, Set, Go! Guide.
  • Register with www.Grants.gov to receive automatic updates when amendments to a FOA are posted. However, please note that applications will not be accepted through Grants.gov. All applications must be submitted through EERE Exchange.

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