2020 EPIC-3 Project 7 Demo of Multipurpose Mobile Battery RFP

EPIC Project Background and RFP Description

The California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) established the Electric Program Investment Charge (“EPIC”) to assist the development of non-commercialized new and emerging clean energy technologies in California while providing assistance to commercially viable projects. EPIC consists of three program areas: (1) Applied research and development; (2) Technology demonstration and deployment; and (3) Market facilitation, consisting of market research, regulatory permitting and streamlining, and workforce development activities. EPIC activities must be designed to produce electricity ratepayer benefits for San Diego Gas & Electric (“SDG&E”), Pacific Gas and Electric (“PG&E”), and Southern California Edison (“SCE”) customers. The annual EPIC budget of $162 million is collected from customers in electric utility bills at the following levels: PG&E (50.1%), SCE (41.1%), and SDG&E (8.8%).

The California Energy Commission (“CEC”) administers 80% of the funding with the ability to invest in all of the approved EPIC activities; SDG&E, PG&E and SCE administer 20% of the funding with funding shares proportional to their respective collections and are limited to investing only in pre-commercial technology demonstrations. The following are links to each of the EPIC investment plans and the CPUC Decisions authorizing their execution and establishing programmatic requirements:


The objective of this RFP is to procure a contractor for EPIC-3, Project 7 pre-commercial demonstration of a multi-purpose mobile battery for Port of San Diego and/or other applications (“Project”). The Project will examine the possibilities for using a mobile battery at its primary site, the San Diego Unified Port District (“District”) cruise ship terminal and relocating the battery to secondary sites during down season for the cruise ships. If unforeseen issues prevent application at the District, an alternative site will be used. The demonstration will test the mobile battery for use in functions such as demand shaving, emergency energy supply, voltage regulation, and frequency regulation and, for the cruise ship terminal, assist in mitigating both load factor problems and the additional energy costs from shore power (required by California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) At-Berth regulations).

The purpose of this RFP is to solicit competitive bids to furnish and deliver certain services to Company, as further described herein. The information submitted in response to this RFP will be used to identify and evaluate Bidders who can provide, among other things, the most effective capabilities, quality, customer service, and competitive prices for the services performed.

Contact Information

To be added to this RFP, please email your interest to [email protected] by March 20, 2020. Include your company’s full legal name, point of contact for this RFP (only 1 person may be identified), and email address.

Submitting Proposals

All documents pertaining to the RFP, including instructions for completing and submitting a response for the RFP, will be found on the PowerAdvocate site, www.poweradvocate.com. Prior to the RFP release date and time, you will receive an email from me that is system generated by PowerAdvocate containing a link and instructions for registration to access the PowerAdvocate site if you elect to participate. All proposals must be submitted no later than 2:30pm PPT (Pacific Prevailing Time) on April 03, 2020.

RFP Communication

During the RFP period Bidders and all interested companies must submit all RFP subject matter questions via PowerAdvocate. Do not contact any Company employee in regard to this RFP subject matter. Contact with respect to the subject matter of this RFP, with any other current or former Company employee(s) is grounds for disqualification from participating in the RFP process.

Revised RFP Schedule (as of 4/1/2020)

  Action Item Due Date
1. RFP distributed at 12:00pm PST March 09, 2020
2. Intent to Bid (Response Due) March 27, 2020
3. Optional Bidder’s Pre-Bid Site Walk March 23, 2020 CANCELLED
4. Bidder's Conference (Skype Call) March 31, 2020 at 9a.m. PT
5. Questions due from Bidders April 10, 2020
6. Questions answered by Company April 15, 2020
7. Response to RFP due at 2:30pm PST April 24, 2020
8. Notification of project award May 2020
9. Contract negotiations May 2020
10. Estimated project start date June 2020

The following schedule and deadlines apply to this RFP. SDG&E reserves the right to revise this schedule at any time and at SDG&E's sole discretion.