2021 DRAM RFO

Latest News & Update

Respondents are encouraged to check this RFO 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 scheduling changes and RFO amendments to this website, including details on the pre-bid conference call and posting of answers to submitted questions.

  • 6/5/20 – Updated Protocols
  • 5/22/20 - Launch

Key RFO Documents

This website provides an overview of the market solicitation. Respondents must read the RFO Protocol document to fully understand all aspects of this RFO.

Offerors do not need to submit SDG&E’s version of the DRAM Purchase Agreement (PA) with their Offer; it is for informational purposes only during the bidding phase. For each Shortlisted Offer, SDG&E intends to send the Offeror a redlined version for execution.

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RFO Protocols
RFO Protocols
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DRAM PA
DRAM PA

Overview 

In accordance with Decision (“D.”) 19-07-009 – Decision Addressing Auction Mechanism, Baselines, and Auto Demand Response For Battery Storage issued on July 12, 2019 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”) has been authorized to issue its 2021 DRAM RFO. The 2021 DRAM RFO is seeking System, Local and Flexible Resource Adequacy (“RA”) resources via a standard, non-negotiable Demand Response Auction Mechanism Purchase Agreement (“DRAM PA” or “PA”) for execution in accordance with the Request for Offer (RFO) Protocols.

Decision (“D.”) 19-12-040 – Decision Refining the Demand Response Auction Mechanism, issued on December 23, 2019 by the Commission, ordered the Utilities to submit a Tier 2 Advice Letter with a standard contract (the PA) and RFO Guidelines outlining the parameters of the 2021 DRAM pilot. Advice Letter 3503-E was filed on January 31, 2020 followed by Supplemental Advice Letter 3503-E-A on April 9, 2020.

SDG&E Electric Rule 32 governs how SDG&E manages third party demand response providers (“DRPs”.) The Commission, in D. 19-07-009, has made significant modifications to the past DRAM decisions, which has again authorized SDG&E to put in place certain processes and systems to facilitate a DRP's ability to bid Proxy Demand Resources (PDRs) into the wholesale market. The DRAM PA is subject to the provisions of Rule 32 and any limitations authorized by the Commission relative to its implementation.

The DRAM is a pay-as-bid auction of monthly system, and flexible (with system) RA for Offerors to bid directly in the California Independent Operator System (“CAISO”) market, with participation from customers in the SDG&E’s service territory. Offerors must bid directly into the CAISO energy market and any resulting revenues or liabilities allocated solely to the Offeror. Offeror’s DR resource shall be comprised of a Proxy Demand Resource (PDR) or multiple PDRs that aggregate customers within SDG&E’s Sub-LAP. SDG&E has a single Sub-LAP (as opposed to the other California IOUs that have multiple Sub-LAPs) so, in effect, any SDG&E customer, whether receiving commodity service from SDG&E or an Energy Service Provider, is eligible.

Scheduling Coordinator Request for Information

As part of 2016 DRAM, the IOUs were issued a Request for Information from Scheduling Coordinators open to providing SC services to demand response aggregators. Information provided in response to the RFI, and subsequent updates since, have been made public as part of the 2021 DRAM.

SDG&E CARE Load Data

The data contained in the link below includes a set of disaggregated load data for SDG&E’s CARE customers from the period November 2018 through October 2019.  In accordance with customer privacy provisions, the data has been aggregated by zip code.  This data is provided for informational purposes only in compliance with CPUC Decision 16-11-022 (as modified by Decision 17-12-009).

Non-Binding Schedule for the 2021 DRAM

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.

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Event

Date

1

Launch 2021 DRAM RFO

5/22/20

2

RFO Bidders' Webinar

5/28/20

3

2021 DRAM RFO Offer Package Due: 12 pm PPT 

6/9/20

4

Notification for Non-conforming Offerors (request to “cure”)

6/15/20

5

Offeror “Cure” Period Concludes

6/18/20

6

SDG&E Notifies Offerors of Shortlist Selection 7/8/20

7

All Contracts are Executed

7/13/20

8

SDG&E Files Tier 1 Advice Letter Seeking CPUC Approval of Contracts

7/22/20

CAISO Bidding Information

DRAM winners or "Sellers" providing RA to SDG&E will be solely responsible for registering their proxy demand resources (PDR) at the CAISO and acquiring a resource ID. An initial step of this process is to input customer location information into the CAISO demand response system. SDG&E requires that the Seller obtain customer authority to access historical and ongoing customer specific information which is needed for this CAISO registration process and for energy settlements.

Contact Information

All questions or other communications regarding this Resource Adequacy RFO MUST be submitted via email to BOTH [email protected] with a CC to [email protected]rimackEnergy.com (Independent Evaluator). All questions and their answers will be posted publicly on this website anonymously soon after receipt. We cannot respond directly to or confidentially to any questions.

Registration and Submission Information

A maximum of 20 offers or offer variations per recipient will be allowed. The RFO and all subsequent revisions and documents are available for download from the RFO Website. Potential Offerors are responsible for monitoring the RFO Website for subsequent updates, notices and postings.

Offerors must submit bids into the 2021 DRAM RFO event on the PowerAdvocate® website. Offerors intending to submit an Offer but who do not yet have an existing account with PowerAdvocate® must first register to create a username/password to receive access to the event. Please review the RFO protocols for more information.

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:

http://www.sempra.com/about/supplier-diversity/

http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/supplierdiversity/

DBEs can request additional information by contacting SDG&E at [email protected].

Solicitation Submittal Documents

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Offer Form
Offer Form
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Credit Application
Credit Application
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Qualifying Capacity Assessment
Qualifying Capacity Assessment

Frequently Asked Questions

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DRAM 2021 FAQs
DRAM 2021 FAQs
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DRAM 2020 FAQs
DRAM 2020 FAQs
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DRAM 2019 FAQs
DRAM 2019 FAQs
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DRAM 2017 FAQs
DRAM 2017 FAQs
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DRAM 2016 FAQs - 1st set
DRAM 2016 FAQs - 1st set
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DRAM 2016 FAQS - 2nd set
DRAM 2016 FAQS - 2nd set
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DRAM 2016 FAQs - 3rd set
DRAM 2016 FAQs - 3rd set
SDG&E Service Territory Map
SDG&E Service Territory Map

Pre-Bid Conference Webinar

SDG&E, SCE, and PG&E will be hosting a conference call for those considering making an offer into this solicitation. Participation in the conference call is not mandatory for those ultimately submitting a proposal.

When: May 28th, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PPT

Audience link: https://meet.lync.com/edisonintl-sce/anne.gustafson/7CP2BQF2

Toll-Free Dial-in: 888-810-6752 (Participants MUST use this # to receive audio; audio will not be available through Skype)

Conference ID: 94434

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Webinar Audio Recording
Webinar Audio Recording