The United States Energy Association (USEA), in cooperation with the DOE Office of Fossil Energy, seeks proposals for a consultant to organize three workshops that will:
- Identify actual CCUS projects planning to employ the 45Q Tax Credit;
- Present analysis showing 45Q opportunities at various scales and structures utilizing the DOE NEMS analysis and insights/resources from the DOE Deployment Initiative
The consultant will organize three workshops that will present information on potential opportunities for CCUS projects to an audience of industry stakeholders, government officials, non-governmental organizations and other parties interested in the deployment of CCUS technology.
The consultant will recommend three cities in which to conduct the workshops. The host cities should possess a community of professionals and companies active in the CCUS value chain. Stakeholders may include, but not are not limited to, project developers, infrastructure developers/operators, equity/debt finance entities, energy/project tax accounting firms, energy related legal services firms and energy tax attorneys.
When identifying the host city, it is advisable to consider the potential use of CO2-EOR in unconventional plays to enable stakeholders in the shale industry to participate in the workshops.
The Consultant will perform the following tasks:
- Organize and convene three individual, full-day, CCUS-45Q workshops over a 90-day period. USEA will secure and fund the venue, provide support services and related logistics.
- Choose three host cities that have either current or planned CCUS projects in proximity where knowledgeable local stakeholders are participating in the CCUS value chain (capture, transport, processing, storage, oil production, finance, EOR assets, environmental services, refinery, petrochemical and land). The host cities should also possess a concentration of the financial, tax accounting, and legal services community that would or could be involved in the use of the 45Q tax credit. (Host cities may include Midland, TX; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Denver, CO; Chicago, IL; Corpus Christi TX; Cheyenne, WY; Columbus, OH; Wheeling, WV; Pittsburgh, PA; and Oklahoma City, OK, etc.)
- Develop the content and agenda for each workshop.
- Develop marketing materials, including web-based marketing, and market the workshops to the stakeholder community.
- Define, source and invite the attendees with a goal of 75-120 attendees per program.
- Define, source and invite key expert speakers qualified for the topic and agenda. USEA will provide guidance on desired experts.
- Obtain permission from the speakers for public distribution of their presentations.
- Within 30 days of the final workshop, provide a final report of no less than 20 pages including:
- General observations and outcomes of discussions on issues and opportunities related to the use of the 45Q tax credit.
- Identification of specific CCUS project opportunities and the potential benefits of using 45Q tax credits, observations on challenges to employing the 45Q credit, and discussions on overcoming the challenges.
- An aggregated list of attendees and contact details, an aggregated list of speakers and contact details, and a file containing all presentations provided at the workshops in .pdf format.
USEA will provide guidance and inputs as needed to the contractor. The contractor will coordinate with USEA on logistics, content, experts and suitable locations and venues for the workshops.
The contractor will designate a primary contact to coordinate and provide monthly status updates via written high-level reports and conference calls between the contractor and USEA.