Natural Gas Supply
The City of Boston (the “City”), acting by and through its Purchasing Agent (the “Official”), requests proposals from qualified competitive supplier (“Vendors”) to provide natural gas supply to the City (the “RFP”). An electronic copy of the RFP may be obtained after 12 o’clock noon Eastern Time (ET) on May 4, 2020 at the City’s Supplier Portal (boston.gov/supplierportal) under Event ID EV00007981. The RFP will be available up to the deadline for the submission of Non-Price proposals as set forth below. This RFP is exempt from the public bidding requirements of M.G.L. c.30B pursuant to sec. (1)(b)(33) thereof.
Vendors shall submit their Non-Price proposals electronically via the City’s Supplier Portal no later than 12 o’clock noon ET on May 18, 2020. Price Proposals will be separately submitted electronically via the City’s Supplier Portal on May 21, 2020 in the form specified in the RFP (the “Price Proposal Submission Date”).
Proposals must be submitted in conformance with the provisions of the RFP. Should the City execute a contract pursuant to the RFP, the City shall determine the term of the contract based on Vendor proposals. The term of the contract shall be for a period of not less than three years nor longer than four years. The contract term will commence on the first meter-read date following October 31, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter, and will terminate no later than October 31, 2024.
The Official shall cancel the contract if funds are not appropriated in any fiscal year.
Vendors are further advised that they shall be required to provide firm delivery to the City Gate, which is the point of interconnection between the interstate transportation system and distribution utility receipt point. Pricing must be “full-swing” with no monthly usage band or balancing. All known regulatory cost components must be included in the offered price. Vendors will be required to provide two pricing options. The first shall be 100% load following fixed price with full swing rights. The second pricing option shall be basis plus NYMEX Final Settlement (NFS) offer, which shall be comprised of: offers for (i) fixed load following basis price, and (ii) 75% load following fixed NYMEX price; as well as 25% load following NFS (no price shall be required for this component). A detailed listing of any additional fees should be included that gives specific information on all expected, contingent and related expenditures. The City shall not pay any fee, cost or charge not expressly set forth in the proposal. Should the City award a contract such offered rate(s) and additional fee(s), to the extent that the same are not established or set pursuant to government regulation, will remain in effect during the term of such contract.
The award of any contract shall be subject to the approval of the City’s Corporation Counsel and the Mayor of Boston.
The City and the Official reserve the right to waive any defects, or informalities, to accept or reject any or all proposals, or any part or parts thereof, to negotiate a contract with any qualified Vendor, to invite the submission of additional Price Proposals subsequent to the Price Proposal Submission Date, or to cancel the RFP, if the City deems it to be in the best interests of the City so to do.
Kevin Coyne, Purchasing Agent