2013 Request for Offers Seeking CHP Power Purchase Agreements

In accordance with the Qualifying Facility and Combined Heat and Power Program Settlement Agreement and related documents (including the CHP Program Settlement Agreement Term Sheet) approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) on December 16, 2010 in Decision 10-12-035 (collectively, the “Settlement Agreement”), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) is issuing this 2012 CHP Request for Offers (“RFO”) to achieve its megawatt target (“MW Target”) and GHG Emissions Reductions Target, established and defined in the Settlement Agreement. This RFO solicits offers from owners and operators of CHP Facilities which are eligible energy generators (“Respondents”). By responding, Respondents are bound by the terms of this RFO.

Pursuant to the CHP Program Settlement approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) on December 16, 2010 in [ Decision 10-12-035 ], SDG&E seeks to acquire a total of  160 MW of combined heat and power (“CHP”) nameplate capacity under Power Purchase Agreements (“PPAs” or “Agreements”) during the Initial Program Period (2011-2014) and 51 MW in the Second Program Period (2016-2020), both of which periods are defined in the [ CHP Program Settlement ]. Through this RFO, the second of three RFOs to be held during the Initial Program Period, and various other procurement alternatives under the Settlement Agreement, SDG&E seeks offers to meet a CHP MW Target of up to 50 MW in order to make progress toward its Initial Program Period goal of 160 MW. SDG&E may consider offers larger than 50 MW depending on an offer’s overall attractiveness and contributions to meeting the CHP Settlement MW and GHG reduction goals. 

In this RFO, SDG&E will entertain offers for the following resources as defined in the CHP Program Settlement: Existing CHP, New CHP, Repowered CHP, Expanded CHP, and Existing CHP Facilities Converting to UPF. SDG&E will give preference for offers that are low cost, and have either low associated GHG emissions or provide GHG emissions reductions through changes in operations or technology. Any facility that offers operating flexibility will be considered favorably.


Generating Facility CHP Facility ("CHP") Utility Prescheduled Facility ("UPF")
Facility Vintage New, Existing, Repowered, Expanded
Maximum Term

7 Years for Existing and Repowered, 12 Years for New and Expanded meeting Credit requirements (Section 3)

Up to 12 Years
Nameplate Larger than 5 MW
Delivery Point CAISO


Winning Respondents shall enter into a PPA for the energy and capacity from eligible resources that can meet the criteria described in the RFO document (provided below). Respondents may modify the applicable PPA submitted as part of their offer package to the extent such modifications add value to the offer. SDG&E discourages any material modification of the Pro Forma PPA.

Solicitation Documents

Respondents are required to submit at least two offer forms (maximum of 10) to this solicitation by submitting the forms listed below.  Forms are available on the RFO Website.  The failure to provide the listed information may result in the proposal being deemed non-conforming and may disqualify the proposal from further consideration.

Required Forms and Documents

  • Offer Form (xlsx) – Bidders are required to complete the Offer Form as well as the other applicable appendices. Please submit one per project
    Note:  Respondents must submit at least one pricing option and no more than 10 pricing options per project.

  • Project Description Form (doc) – Submit one per project.

  • CEC-2843 Application Form – Submit a copy of respondent’s application to the CEC requesting qualification for the Combined Heat and Power System.

  • Electric Interconnection Information –
    Note: Copy of completed System Impact Study, a Phase I interconnection study, or results from the WDAT Fast Track process if available.

  • Credit Application (docx) - Submit one per project.

  • Supplier Diversity Information (doc) - Provide a copy of certification documents received from the California Public Utilities Commission. An application can be made before submission of the offer and referenced in the offer.

  • Redline forms of the Applicable PPA

All offers must be uploaded to the RFO Website no later than 1 PM, Pacific Prevailing Time, on the CLOSING DATE (see RFO Schedule). The Project Description Form and Model PPA must be in Word or Word-compatible format (not in PDF). The Pricing Forms must be in Excel or Excel-compatible format (not in PDF). The copy of completed Interconnection Study and Site Control Documentation must be in PDF format.

View Full RFO Schedule

RFO Communication

All questions or other communications regarding this RFO must be submitted via email to [email protected] by the DEADLINE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS as specified in Section 6.0 RFO Schedule.  SDG&E will not accept questions or comments in any other form. All questions and answers will be posted on this website anonymously. SDG&E will not accept questions or comments in any other form, except during the pre-bid conference. Respondents are encouraged to check this RFO Website periodically for updates, notices, and postings.


Pre-Bid Conference

Pre-Bid Conference Presentation (Aug 29, 2013)

SDG&E’s 2013 CHP Pre-Bid Webinar Conference on August 29, 2013:

Date: August 29, 2013

Time: 10AM – 1PM (PDT)

Location: Webinar

Audience link: http://engage.vevent.com/rt/sempra~082913_1621895

Participant dial in (toll-free): (866) 261-3182

SDG&E will host one pre-bid conference on August 29, 2013.  Participation in the pre-bid conference is NOT mandatory in order to submit an offer. Please monitor the RFO Website periodically.

Any party interested in attending this pre-bid conference should email the following information to:

[email protected]

The email should include the following information:

  • Company name

  • Attendees' names, titles and contact information

RFO Announcements

Please check this website periodically as SDG&E will post all solicitation announcements, including scheduling changes or RFO amendments if any.

Pre-Bid Conference Presentation (Aug 29, 2013)

Register to Submit Offers

Any party interested in submitting an offer must register on the RFO Website and upload the offer to the Website. To register, Respondents must send an e-mail to: [email protected] containing the bidder name and contact information. A username/password combination will be issued allowing access to the offer upload link.

All offers must be uploaded to the RFO Website no later than 1:00 p.m., Pacific Prevailing Time, on the CLOSING DATE (see RFO Schedule).  If Respondents encounter technical difficulties with the uploading process, they should provide evidence of such difficulties (e.g. a screen shot of the error message) and email the bid to the RFO inbox by 1:00 p.m., Pacific Prevailing Time, on the Closing Date. 

If the Respondent encounters technical difficulties with both the uploading process and the RFO inbox, they should provide evidence of such difficulties (e.g. a screen shot of the error message or a sent email notice with a time stamp before 1:00 p.m. on the Closing Date) and submit a USB Thumb Drive or CD of the bid package to SDG&E and the Independent Evaluator at the addresses below by close of business on the day following the Closing Date. 

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Electric and Gas Procurement Department
Attn: 2013 CHP RFO
8315 Century Park Court, CP-21D
San Diego, CA 92123-1548

Independent Evaluator

Michael Katz
Van Horn Consulting
28 Brookdale Ct.
Lafayette, CA 94549

The following schedule and deadlines apply to this RFO. SDG&E reserves the right to revise this schedule at anytime and at SDG&E's sole discretion. Respondents are responsible for accessing the RFO website for updated schedules and possible amendments to the RFO or the solicitation process.





RFO Issued

August 7, 2013


Pre-Bidder’s Conference

August 29, 2013



Question submittal cut-off date.

Answers to all questions will be posted on the website no later than June 14, 2013

September 16, 2013



Offers must be uploaded to and received by the RFO Website no later than 1:00 PM (Pacific Prevailing Time).

September 23, 2013


SDG&E Begins Bid Evaluation Process

September 23, 2013



Respondents submit to SDG&E one USB Thumb Drive or one CD.

Respondents submit to the IE one USB Thumb Drive or one CD.

September 27, 2013



SDG&E notifies Shortlisted Bidders

November 22, 2013



Letter due from Shortlisted Bidders indicating:

  • Withdrawal from SDG&E’s solicitation; OR
  • Acceptance of shortlisted standing; withdrawal of participating in any other solicitation and evidence of withdrawal notice to all other solicitors

+10 Days

after Shortlist Notification


SDG&E issues appreciation notices to unsuccessful Respondents

+3 week

after Shortlisted Bidders accept/withdraw


SDG&E commences with PPA negotiations

up to 24 weeks*


Submits Advice letters with PPAs to CPUC for approval

+4 weeks

after PPAs are negotiated and executed


* Negotiation time will vary depending on facility vintage and proposed contract terms and modifications.


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Offer Form
Offer Form
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Project Description Form
Project Description Form
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Credit Application
Credit Application
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Supplier Diversity Information
Supplier Diversity Information
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CHP Pro Froma PPA
CHP Pro Froma PPA
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Pre-Bid Conference Presentation (Aug 29, 2013)
Pre-Bid Conference Presentation (Aug 29, 2013)
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Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers