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SECTION V - QUALIFICATION AND EVALUATION CRITERIA, AND PROGRAM POLICY FACTORS

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The prime consideration in the evaluation of proposals for financial assistance is to assess their merit in order to determine those proposals that offer the greatest likelihood of successfully demonstrating and subsequently commercializing emerging clean coal technologies.

The process of evaluation will consist of:

(a) Preliminary Evaluation.

(b) Comprehensive Evaluation.

(c) Consideration of Program Policy Factors.

The source selection official will select proposal (s) for award

taking into account the evaluation criteria and relevant program

policy factors in order to determine the mix of projects which will

best further the objectives and goals of this PON.

PRELIMINARY EVALUATION

In order to be considered in the Comprehensive Evaluation phase, a proposal must successfully pass Preliminary Evaluation. Failure to

meet one or more of the Preliminary Evaluation requirements will

result in rejection of the proposal and, therefore, will preclude proceeding to Comprehensive Evaluation. In the event that a proposal is rejected, a notice will be sent to the proposer stating the reason(s) that the proposal will not be considered for financial assistance under this solicitation. The requirements to pass

preliminary evaluation are as follows:

(a) The proposal must meet the following Qualification Criteria:

i. The offeror must show that the proposed project or

facility will be located in the United States of America.

ii. The offeror must show that the proposed project or facility will be designed for and operated with coal (s)

from United States mines.

iii. The proposer must certify that the request for Government cost-sharing does not exceed 50 percent of the total estimated cost, and that the proposer will cost-share to the extent of at least 50 percent in each of the three phases, Design and Permitting, Construction and Startup ("Shakedown"), and Operation, Data Collection, Reporting,

and Disposition, proposed by the offeror.

(b)

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The proposer either must own and make available the
demonstration site or must provide firm evidence of his
right to use the site for the duration of the proposed

project.

The proposer must certify that, as a minimum, the proposed
technology, alone or in conjunction with other technologies,
is capable of complying with the requirements of the
Clean Air Act, as amended, and with the relevant federal
and state regulations promulgated pursuant thereto as of

January 1, 1986, for the market applications proposed.

If a teaming arrangement is proposed, the offeror must provide a letter of intent or executed teaming agreement from all parties sufficiently binding to ensure the

formation of the proposed legal entity.

The proposal must contain sufficient technical, cost, and other

information, as described in this solicitation, to enable

Comprehensive Evaluation.

The proposal must be signed by a responsible official of the

proposing organization authorized to contractually bind the

organization to the performance of the cooperative agreement

in its entirety.

COMPREHENSIVE EWALUATION

Proposals passing Preliminary Evaluation will have their Technical
Proposals (Volume II), Business and Management Proposals (Volume
III), and Cost Proposals (Volume IV) evaluated. The Technical
Proposal evaluation is conducted to determine the relative merits of
the offeror's proposal in accordance with weighted evaluation criteria.
The Technical Proposal evaluation results in a numerical score for

each of the evaluation criteria.

The Business and Management Proposal will be evaluated to determine
the business and management performance potential of the offeror,
and will be used as an aid to determine the offeror's understanding
of the technical requirements of this PON. The Business and Management

Proposal will be adjectively rated but not point-scored.

The Cost Proposal will be evaluated to assess whether the proposed cost is appropriate and reasonable, and to determine the probable cost of the proposed project to the Government. The Cost Proposal will also be used to assess the validity of the proposer's approach to completing the project in accordance with the proposed Statement of Work and the requirements of this PON. No point score will be

applied.

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The Technical F valuation Criteria are divided into two major

categories. The first, "Commercialization Factors," addresses the

projected commercialization of the proposed technology. This is

different from the proposed demonstration project itself. It deals with all of the other steps and factors involved in the commercialization process. The subcriteria in this section will allow consideration of the projected environmental, health, safety, and socioeconomic impacts; the potential marketability and economics of the technology; and the plan to commercialize the proposed technology

subsequent to the demonstration project.

The second major category, "Demonstration Project Factors," recognizes the fact that the proposed demonstration project represents the critical step between "pre-demonstration" scale of operation and commercial readiness, and deals with the proposed project itself. Subcriteria in "Demonstration Project Factors" will allow consideration of technical readiness for scale-up; adequacy and appropriateness of the demonstration project; the environmental, health, safety, and socioeconomic and other site-related aspects; and the reasonableness and adequacy of the technical approach and quality and completeness of the

Statement of Work.

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