2018 IDER 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

In accordance with Decision (“D.”)16-12-036, issued on December 15, 2016, SDG&E submitted AL 3089-E, which was approved by Resolution (“R.”) 4889-E, adopted on December 14, 2017, with subsequent modifications approved in AL-3089-E-A, SDG&E is issuing its 2018 IDER Request for Offers (“RFO”). Resources are being sought by SDG&E to defer a distribution project that otherwise would have been completed to maintain system safety and reliability. 

SDG&E is seeking distribution capacity no later than February 1, 2020 for circuits 303 and 783 near Carlsbad, California.  SDG&E will consider integrated hybrid resource types to meet the total required distribution capacity for each circuit to be considered one project with one counterparty 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 ten (10) years. 

Offers must include sufficient capacity on both circuits 303 and 783 to meet the minimum capacity requirements; however, SDG&E may choose to contract with different Respondents on each of these circuits.   Respondents should structure and price their offer such that SDG&E may choose to contract for deliveries on one or both circuits.

If more than one resource / resource type is necessary to meet the minimum capacity amounts shown in Appendix B, they must be integrated (i.e., one counterparty with cross defaults for failing to meet aggregate performance).  For example, SDG&E will not sign one contract with company X for solar facilities and a separate contract with company Y for an energy storage facility both on the same circuit.

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
  • Energy Storage (ES) - third party owned 
  • Distributed Generation (DG) - third party owned 

Note: SDG&E is not seeking utility-owned solutions, all solutions must be owned and operated by a third party.

Solicitation Documents / Files

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 deemed non-conforming.


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.





RFO Issued

Wednesday, January 10


Pre-Bid Conference / Bidder Outreach Event

Friday, January 26


Deadline for Respondents to submit questions

Friday, February 02


Answers to all questions will be posted on the RFO Website

Tuesday, February 06


RFO CLOSED: Respondent must upload offers to PowerAdvocate® no later than 12:00 PM PPT

Friday, February 09


SHORTLIST NOTIFICATION: SDG&E notifies Respondents whether their offers are shortlisted, contingently shortlisted, or rejected.

Tuesday, March 20


Respondents must indicate whether they accept or reject their shortlist position

Tuesday, March 27


Shortlisted Offers must post the shortlist acceptance fee

Monday, April 02


Execute contracts

Monday, June 25


SDG&E Submits Tier 2 Advice Letter with Agreements to CPUC for approval

Friday, June 29


SDG&E Contact Information / Independent Evaluator / Questions

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

All questions and their answers will be posted on this website (with any confidential information removed or anonymized) soon after receipt.  We cannot respond directly to any questions in a one on one setting.

PowerAdvocate ® Registration and Offer Submission Information

The RFO Website contains all the solicitation materials for download and review (http://www.sdge.com/2018IDERIncentivePilotRFO).  Respondents are responsible for monitoring the RFO Website for subsequent updates, notices and postings.

SDG&E will be utilizing a platform designed and maintained by PowerAdvocate® for managing offers received in response to this RFO. To access the RFO event, Respondent must register as a “supplier” to create a username and password for PowerAdvocate®. A link and instructions on how to register are provided below.

Please note that no late bids will be accepted.

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.  

Any party interested in attending this event in-person should email the following information to BOTH SDG&e and the IE:

  • Company name, and Attendees’ names, titles and contact information

Attendance / participation is not mandatory to submit an offer.  Questions asked and answers given at the bidder’s outreach event will also be posted on this website.

Bidder’s conference details:

Date: 1/26/2018
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm PPT
Location: CP East -  Auditorium A - 8680 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92123
Audience/Webinar link: https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?MTID=m251dab6ede7ca6c784e348282802c8d2
Webinar number: 593 356 070
Webinar password: 9698695

Participant dial in (toll-free): (844) 419-1768
Conference ID / Meeting Number: 9698695

Bidders' Conference slides


Please note that an SDG&E attorney and the Independent Evaluator will participate in this event.