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Developing Opportunities: State Fish and Wildlife, L.A. Water & Power and More

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the city-county of San Francisco are among the state and local entities in the early stages of technology projects.

The front of a building that says "Department of Water and Power" on it at nighttime illuminated by Christmas lights.
Before government technology procurements reach solicitation or proposal stage, public-sector organizations have likely spent many months doing their homework in earlier stage explorations like those detailed below.

Industry Insider — California regularly spotlights such endeavors in its Opportunities section. Here’s a look at several public-sector governmental entities with early-stage technology or innovation-related initiatives:

  • The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) is seeking information about an online platform for utility rebate programs. In a request for information (RFI) released Jan. 16, LADWP wants to learn more and obtain product demonstrations to help define the scope of an expected future request for proposal, and to get high-level cost estimates for budgeting. The RFI is aimed at surveying the industry on digital platform service and getting guidance, input, new ideas and best practices to create an RFP for an online program management platform for utility rebate programs. Respondents should know that LADWP does not intend to award a contract based just on this request or to pay for the information it seeks. Responses are due Feb. 6. Demonstration meetings are set for Feb. 15-April 25, and respondents will be notified one week before their scheduled demonstration date.
  • The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released an invitation to bid on Jan. 16, seeking orthoimagery and topobathymetric light detection and ranging (lidar) services and data, a relative elevation model, and classification of geomorphic units within Clear Lake watershed tributaries. The goal is protecting the Clear Lake hitch, a large endemic minnow now listed as a threatened species. (Further details are available on the California State Government Marketplace.) The contract would run from department approval through Dec. 31 with the state reserving the option of a one-year extension. Bids are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 6.
  • The California Energy Commission is seeking information on developing an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project Tracker to track the time needed to deploy EV charging stations throughout California. In an RFI released Jan. 2, the Commission looks to learn more about the project, intended to consist of a database and online dashboard that collect and track the progress of EV infrastructure projects from start to finish. (Further details are available on the California State Government Marketplace.) The goal is creating transparency and helping state agencies and stakeholders better understand how long it takes to complete an EV charging project and identify bottlenecks. The tracker will include project permitting information and construction statistics from EV charging projects funded by the Commission. Grant recipients may be mandated to report relevant data as a grant requirement for future Clean Transportation Program solicitations. Tracker components may include a data portal or dashboard, a relational database and an internal web dashboard. Responses are due by 12 p.m. Feb. 5. Presentations via Microsoft Teams are set for Feb. 12.
  • The consolidated city-county of San Francisco’s Information and Communication Technology Plan, covering the 2023-2024 through 2027-2028 fiscal years, lays out technology and security goals and projects. These include, starting in FY 2023-2024, upgrading and expanding surveillance security systems and technology at fine art museums. The projects have a combined total projected cost of $1 million.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.