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Alternative Fueling Stations

Key Dates

  • RFP Released – February 8, 2016
  • Letter of Intent (LOI) Due – March 16, 2016
  • Mandatory Bidders’ Conference – March 23, 2016
  • Written Questions – through April 13, 2016
  • Formal Proposals due – April 20, 2016

The Alternative Fuels Transportation Program provides financial assistance to businesses, nonprofit organizations, school districts, or local governments for the purchase and installation of alternative fuel refueling, blending, or distribution facilities and terminals.

The goals of the Alternative Fuels Transportation Program are to:

  • Increase the use and availability of alternative fuels;
  • Improve alternative fueling infrastructure throughout Ohio;
  • Increase the resilience of Ohio’s alternative fuels supply chain;
  • Educate the public on the use of alternative fuels; and
  • Improve Ohio’s air quality.

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) is currently soliciting proposals for the Alternative Fuels Transportation Program. To review the Request for Proposal click here.

Businesses, nonprofit organizations, public school districts, and local governments are eligible to apply.

Funding for the Alternative Fuels Transportation Program is administered through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP). Organizations interested in applying can view the RFP on the state procurement website.

To apply for funding, interested parties must first submit a Letter of Intent to the Ohio Development Services Agency by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.  Letters of Intent should be sent to procurement@development.ohio.gov. Letters of Intent will be posted to this website after March 16, 2016 and cannot contain proprietary or confidential information.

Questions regarding the RFP can be submitted through the state procurement website and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Prospective applicants submitting questions will need to view the response on the State Procurement web site where it will be posted for viewing by all prospective Applicants.

ODSA will try to respond to all properly posed inquiries within 48 hours, excluding weekends and state holidays. ODSA will not respond to any inquiries received after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Applicants are expected to raise any questions, exceptions, or additions they have concerning the RFP document at this point in the RFP process.

A Bidders’ Conference for this round of funding will take place on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts at 77 South High Street in Columbus, Ohio.  Applicants are required to attend in person. Details on the location will be sent to applicants once their Letter of Intent is submitted.

The formal application deadline for the current round of funding is Wednesday, ­­­­­April 20, 2016.

Eligible fuels include E85 blend fuel, blended biodiesel, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen, compressed air, or any power source including electricity.  For the sake of eligibility, Natural gas refers to compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

A total of $2.9 million in loan funding is available in state Fiscal Year 2016.  Grants, in the form of up to $10,000 in forgivable loan principal, are available for the costs of educational and promotional materials for selected loan projects.

Prospective Applicants can submit questions until Wednesday, April 13, 2016 through state procurement website. To access the RFP, click here.

Prospective Applicants submitting questions will receive an email that their question has been received. The prospective Applicant who submitted the question will not receive an email response to the question, but will need to view the response on the State Procurement web site. All questions and answers are posted on the procurement website so they can be viewed by all prospective Applicants.

ODSA will try to respond to all properly posed inquiries within 48 hours, excluding weekends and state holidays. ODSA will not respond to any inquiries received after 5:00 p.m. on April 13, 2016. Prospective Applicants who attempt to seek information or clarifications verbally will be directed to reduce their questions to writing in accordance with the terms of this RFP and state purchasing policy. No other form of communication is acceptable, and use of any other form of communication or any attempt to communicate with ODSA staff or any other agency of the State to discuss this RFP may result in the Proposer being deemed ineligible.