Distribution Resources Plan, Demonstration Project C Request for Offers

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Respondents are encouraged to check this Request for Offers (RFO or the solicitation) Website periodically for updates, notices, and postings. SDG&E, at its sole discretion, pursuant to orders from the CPUC, may change the terms, requirements and schedule of this solicitation. Respondents should monitor the RFO Website for announcements regarding any updates or changes including posted questions & answers. SDG&E will post all solicitation announcements, including scheduling changes or RFO amendments to this website. In particular, participants should check the RFO website for (i) details on the pre-bid conference call and (ii) posting of answers to submitted questions.

Description of the RFO / Overview

This website provides an overview of SDG&E’s DRP Demo C RFO.  Respondents must read the RFO Protocols to fully understand all aspects of this RFO.

This RFO is being issued in accordance with the following decisions:

  • D.17-02-007: the DRP Demo Project Decision issued on February 16, 2017
  • D.16-12-036: the IDER Procurement Pilot Decision issued on December 15, 2016, and
  • D.17-06-012: the decision on Revised Track 2 Demonstration projects.

This RFO solicits offers from owners and operators of EE programs or DR programs; owners and operators or equipment suppliers of renewable generation resources, Energy Storage resources or DG resources to be installed, implemented and/or located in San Marcos, California.

These resources are being sought in order to defer distribution projects that otherwise would have been completed. 

Product Types

SDG&E is seeking the following product types:

  • Energy Efficiency (EE) – third party programs only
  • Demand Response (DR)- third party programs only
  • Renewables – third party owned / contracted resources OR utility owned resources
  • Energy Storage (ES) - third party owned / contracted resources OR utility owned resources
  • Distributed Generation (DG) - third party owned / contracted resources OR utility owned resources

For utility owned resources, SDG&E will consider two types of contracting approaches:  Build, Own, Transfer (BOT) whereby the respondent is responsible for all aspects of project development, and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (“EPC”) whereby SDG&E will provide the site and will take on responsibility for certain aspects of project development. 

For utility owned approaches, SDG&E’s Cost Development Team (CDT) will work with certain pre-qualified equipment suppliers to determine equipment supply costs and will include these costs along with the appropriate utility costs and submit the inclusive overall offer on the closing / due date (November 16, 2017). 


SDG&E will consider single resources or integrated hybrid resource types (combinations of the resource types listed above) to meet the total required distribution capacity for each circuit.  SDG&E will sign a maximum of one contract per circuit.

The minimum contract delivery term SDG&E is willing to consider is five (5) years and the maximum contract term to be considered is 10 years. 

On-line date requirements:

  • Circuit 597:  You have two choices for on-line timing:
    1. a. June 1, 2018, or
    2. b. Between January 1, 2019 and March 19, 2019

    For option (b), Respondents may offer variations with later on-line timing (through February 29, 2020), however SDG&E cannot guarantee that this later date would be accepted by the CPUC, and Respondents must be prepared to meet the March 19, 2019 deadline.

  • Circuit 295:  June 1, 2018
  • Circuit 298: June 1, 2018

RFO Questions & Answers / Frequently Asked Questions

SDG&E will post Q&A files here once we have received questions. All questions must be provided to SDG&E via the following e-mail address: [email protected]  and cc the Independent Evaluator (IE) - Alan Taylor – [email protected] .

Questions asked and answers given at the bidder’s outreach event will also be posted here. 

Solicitation Documents / Files

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Request for Offer Protocols
Request for Offer Protocols
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Offer Form
Offer Form
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Credit Application
Credit Application
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Term Sheet
Term Sheet

The Credit Application and redlines to the Model agreement must be in Word or Word-compatible format (not in PDF).  The Offer Form must be in Excel (not in PDF) and must not be altered in any way except for the designated field entries otherwise your offer may be non-conforming.

Schedule for the DRP Demo C RFO

The following schedule and deadlines apply to this RFO.  SDG&E reserves the right to revise this schedule at any time and in SDG&E’s sole discretion.  Respondents are responsible for monitoring the RFO Website for updated schedules and possible amendments to the RFO or the solicitation process.



DRP Demo C RFO Issued


Bidder’s Outreach Event / Bidder’s Conference


Deadline to submit questions


Answers posted to all questions received


Closing date / Offer due date (offers due no later than 1pm Pacific Prevailing Time – to be uploaded on PowerAdvocate ® Platform


Deadline for IE to receive physical delivery of offer files on a flash drive


Shortlist notification


Shortlist respondents accept / decline their shortlisted status (acceptance via remittance of the Shortlist Acceptance Fee)


SDG&E issues appreciation notices to unsuccessful Respondents


Target date to complete contract negotiations


SDG&E submits Tier 3 advice letter seeking CPUC approval of contracts


SDG&E Contact Information / Independent Evaluator

All questions or other communications regarding this RFO must be submitted via email to BOTH SDG&E (at [email protected]) and the IE (at [email protected]).

All questions and their answers will be posted on this website (with any confidential information removed or anonomized) soon after receipt.  We cannot respond directly to any questions in a one on one setting; all Respondents must get access to the same information at the same time.

The Independent Evaluator (“IE”) for this solicitation is Sedway Consulting (primary contact is Alan Taylor – e-mail: [email protected] , phone: (303) 581-4172).

PowerAdvocate ® Registration and Offer Submission Information

The RFO and all subsequent revisions and documents are available for download from the RFO Website (http://www.sdge.com/2017DRPDemoProjCRFO). Respondents are responsible for monitoring the RFO Website for subsequent updates, notices and postings.

The only acceptable means to provide an offer is via the PowerAdvocate ® platform.

Offerors intending to submit and Offer but who do not yet have an existing account with PowerAdvocate® must first register to create a username/password in order to receive access to the event. See the instructions on page 25 and 26 of the RFO for log in/registration information. Registration : Security Check.

Please note that no late bids will be accepted.

In addition to submitting their offer via PowerAdvocate®, Respondents must simultaneously submit their offers to the IE on a USB thumb drive for physical delivery no later than one day following the offer submission deadline.  The Respondent’s thumb drive must be sent to the following address:  

Alan Taylor
Sedway Consulting
821 15th Street
Boulder CO 80302

Respondents will be sent an email confirmation from the IE of the receipt of their thumb drive package when the IE receives them.  If a Respondent does not receive a confirmation email, please email the IE at [email protected] .

Participation from Diverse Business Enterprises

SDG&E encourages Diverse Business Enterprises (“DBEs”), “Women-Owned Businesses” or “Minority-Owned Businesses” or “Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises” as defined in G.O. 156[1], to participate in this All Source RFO. 

Furthermore, SDG&E encourages developers to utilize DBEs during various stages of project development and construction. As a part of G.O. 156, SDG&E will require developers to identify and verify their DBE contractor/subcontractor spending if any.

Additional information on SDG&E’s DBE program and utilizing DBEs can be found at:


SDG&E’s DBE Program representatives will provide a presentation during the bidders outreach event.  DBEs can request additional information by contacting SDG&E at [email protected].

Pre-Bid Outreach Event / Bidder’s Conference

SDG&E’s will host one bidder’s outreach event / bidder’s conference.  For those that can attend in-person, the event will be held at SDG&E’s Century Park Headquarters in the building 6 seminar rooms.  Check in with security at the gate and the desk in building 6.  The event will also be provided via webinar / conference call.

Any party interested in attending this event in-person should email the following information to [email protected]

  • Company name, and
  • Attendees’ names, titles and contact informationAny party interested in attending this event in-person should email the following information to BOTH [email protected] and [email protected]

Pre-registration is not mandatory (but will ease the security check-in process), nor is attendance / participation mandatory in order to submit an offer.

Bidder’s conference details:

Date: 10/25/2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM  PPT
Audience/Webinar link:  https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?MTID=m2f7bca9daa80f5d55e0218b3c3927a83
Participant dial in (toll-free): (844) 621-8112
Conference ID / Meeting Number: 83308984; no pass code necessary
Please note that an SDG&E attorney and the Independent Evaluator will participate in this event.

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2017 DRP DEMO C Final Questions Answers
2017 DRP DEMO C Final Questions Answers
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Bidder's conference slides
Bidder's conference slides
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2017 DRP DEMO C Questions Answers
2017 DRP DEMO C Questions Answers