RPSEA was designed to enable the development of new technologies necessary to produce more secure, abundant and affordable domestic energy supplies to help meet the nation's growing need for hydrocarbon resources produced from reservoirs in America.
RPSEA is formed by a consortium of premier U.S. energy research universities, industry, independent research organizations and state and federal agencies to meet these key energy challenges:
I. The Growing Demand for Natural Gas
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts a 10% increase in U.S. domestic natural gas consumption by 2025, while others estimate up to a 33% demand increase based on the expanded use of natural gas for power generation. If the potential for clean, economic power generation from natural gas is to be realized, additional gas supplies will need to be brought online.
II. Accelerated Research and Development (R&D) Requirements
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 includes significant funding for accelerated R&D in the oil and gas industry. This R&D is intended to attract additional industry investment in resources with marginal economics given current technology and to assure all stakeholders that these resources can be developed safely and responsibly.
III. New Models for Government/Private Sector Research and Development Collaboration
Technology improvements are particularly important, noted Congress, given the difficult conditions accompanying new resources. The government plans to invest in research and development through collaborations with industry, state and national organizations, national laboratories and universities. To address these challenges, RPSEA has leveraged its research dollars and the technical experience of its members to fund critical, high-impact research to meet the supply needs of America's natural gas consumers. RPSEA, through several rounds of competitive solicitations, has focused specifically on developing a research portfolio of innovative technologies to: • Reduce the cost of exploration and production of ultra-deepwater and unconventional natural gas; • Expand and extend the nation's gas resource base; • Reduce and mitigate the environmental impacts of energy production in these regions; and, • Assure safe development of these resources.
Considerations for Vendor Participation and Solicitation
RPSEA considers different factors when determining who may be eligible for awards under the current Department of Energy (DOE) Prime Contract. RPSEA encourages partnering and teaming arrangements from industry, state and national organizations, national laboratories and universities. All competition for contract awards are full and open to any eligible entity. An eligible entity is defined in Section 999 of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct 2005). To receive an award, an entity must either be a United States-owned entity organized under the laws of the United States or an entity organized under the laws of the United States that has a parent entity organized under the laws of a country that affords:
- to United States-owned entities opportunities comparable to those afforded to any other entity, to participate in any cooperative research venture similar to those authorized under this subtitle;
- to United States-owned entities local investment opportunities comparable to those afforded to any other entity; and,
- adequate and effective protection for the intellectual property rights of United States-owned entities.
For more information on eligibility, please visit: http://fossil.energy.gov/programs/oilgas/advisorycommittees/Subtitle_J_Sec999.pdf. (Note: The part of the law that governs RPSEA related activities is Subtitle J – Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and other Petroleum Resources Sec. 999.) Decisions and evaluation criteria may vary depending upon priorities and requirements. Consideration may include the following factors:
- Technical merit and impact on oil and natural gas reserves
- Core capabilities
- Past performance (customer and technical)
- Personnel experience
- Resource availability
- Geographic location
- Financial solvency
- Reputation (industry, government, customers)
- Technology transfer approach
- Cost share
- Environmental, Health and Safety QA/QC